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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

ALFALFA SPROUTS SALAD

ALFALFA SPROUTS SALAD
Alfalfa sprouts are germinated from Alfalfa seeds. They are so easy to sprout that you can sprout them even in your refrigerator. Their dietary fibre contains substances called saponins which can remove cholesterol from the blood. Alfalfa is also extremely rich in antioxidants, including one powerful antioxidant called tricin, and is used as a commercial source of chlorophyll and carotene. It is said to help in stimulating milk flow in breastfeeding mothers and for alleviating menopausal problems in older women. Alfalfa has also been used traditionally as an appetite stimulant, to promote weight gain and to stop bleeding. Unsubstantiated claims include treating abnormal growths, alcoholism and bone and joint conditions. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, a useful source of vitamin E with some vitamin A and dietary fibre. I got some cherry honey tomatoes in the market, Cherry tomatoes are small and oval in shape, they are especially used in salads, they are sweeter than the normal tomatoes that we usually use in cooking. I have used them in this recipe. Lettuce provides potassium, carotene, dietary fibre and small quantities of other minerals and vitamins. Onions are a good source of vitamin C, B3 and calcium.
Ingredients 1 ½ cups of Alfalfa sprouts
1 Cucumber
Cherry Tomatoes – 5-6
1 ripe red & juicy tomato
1 Red Onion
Lettuce – 3-4 leaves
Olives – 5-6
½ Red Capsicum
Freshly ground pepper for seasoning
Salt as per taste
½ tsp - dried Oregano
½ tsp – dried Basil
½ tsp – dried Dill
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1½ tablespoons lemon juice
Feta Cheese(Sheep/Goat Cheese) – 120gms cut into cubes.
Salad dressing as per choice
Method
First of all peel the cucumber in stripes, means peel one strip out and leave the skin on the next strip and so on. We would like to retain some skin on as it is nutritious. Now chop into square chunks, Chop the Tomatoes into square chunks. Chop the Cherry tomatoes into halves so that they get the spices as well. Slice the onion into a half and then into semi circles and then peel out the rings, so you get thin semi circular rings, this will give the salad more flavor of the onion. I have used the longish red peppers easily available in Singapore and it has a fantastic flavor too. Discard the seeds inside the red peppers and chop them .Add in the olives.
Now in a large bowl, put in all the vegetables, tear the lettuce and put in, also add in the afla alfa sprouts. Now add the olive oil, salt as per taste, freshly ground pepper (use a pepper crusher and crush freshly into the salad), Add in the dried oregano, dried basil and dried dill. Toss it all well and top it with Feta cheese. Feta cheese is very soft, it crumbles very easily so don’t toss it along with the Feta cheese. Do all the tossing before adding in the feta cheese. The Feta cheese cubes must be on the top like a dressing, when you serve yourself your portion you can toss it in. Toss lightly as you don’t want your feta cheese cubes crumbled and squashed.
You can dress this salad with a Thousand Island dressing or some Mayonnaise before adding the Feta cheese, but since I am off eggs now, I didn’t put it my recipe, but you can add this and the salad will be very tasty.

Garnish with some alfalfa sprouts and dunk into this nutritious salad.

This salad can be a complete meal in itself or you can have it with some light crusty bread.

I would like to post this for Lore's Original Recipes Event

5 comments:

notyet100 said...

saw alfalafa today,..but didnt knw wht to prepare,..next time will sure buy an try ur reipe...nice one..

SriLekha said...

yummy salad....

sowmya said...

new for me..though i have heard its very healthy..am going to try it now!!

Priti said...

Never tried AlfaAlfa salad..sound very healthy....gud recipe and great info...thanks

Lore said...

I'm a fan of feta anything and if it's healthy too I am sold :) Thanks for sending me such a healthy treat!

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