December 15, 2011

Sprouted chickpea salad

I am not sure why it's taken me so long to share a sprouts recipe here on the blog, but one reason might be that sprouting is something I do occasionally rather than on a regular basis (although I buy sprouts regularly), and having been just bitten by the sprouting bug (again), I couldn't resist sharing a recipe with you. I must warn you, however, that there may be many more sprouts recipes to follow in the near future!

My earliest memories of sprouting are from well over 15 years ago when I had learned about sprouting at school and was eager to give it a try at home. Mum helped me choose an easy seed to start with (alfalfa), and so I went and bought some seeds (a lot of them, in fact) without realising just how many sprouts I'd end up with. Needless to say there were plenty of seeds to keep me busy for a while, but I was so happy just to be growing something. Plus I really loved the taste of sprouts!

Even now, sprouting gives me all the same joy, and I think it's so exciting to see the sprouts grow over a few days. There is certainly a sense of accomplishment, as though I had actually grown the whole produce myself. I also love the versatility of the sprouts - you can sprout just about anything from alfalfa to almonds (which is obviously more like soaking as there won't be any visible roots), buckwheat, sunflower seeds, lentils, chickpeas, mung beans, you name it. Needless to say, there are many health benefits of sprouting too - they are one of the super foods you should certainly include in your diet!

This sprouted chickpea salad is light and crunchy. I've kept the flavours quite mild and the colours pale. It's like harmony in a bowl, don't you think?


Sprouted Chickpea Salad
(serves 2)

250g raw chickpeas*
1 zucchini/courgette, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 green onion, finely sliced
handful of sprouted (soaked) almonds**
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
tiny pinch of sea salt

* To sprout the chickpeas: 

1) Rinse the chickpeas under cold water to remove any dust or dirt. Place the chickpeas in a big bowl and cover with fresh water. Leave to soak for 8-12 hours (overnight).

2) The next morning, drain the chickpeas well and place them in a glass jar. Cover the mouth of the jar with a piece of muslin (with a rubber band holding the muslin in place).

3) The same night, rinse the sprouts and drain well again. Place back in the jar and cover with a muslin. I tend to leave the jar upside down (with a muslin as a lid) for a while to make sure I get rid of all the water. I keep the jar on the kitchen bench.

4) The next day, rinse and drain twice (morning and night).

5) On the third day (including the soaking time), rinse and drain the peas. The roots should now be about 1-2 centimetre long and ready to be used. Store the sprouts in the fridge and use within 1-2 days.

** To sprout the almonds:

1) Soak the almonds overnight in plenty of fresh water.

2) Drain well and use in the salad or to make almond milk

For the salad: 

1) Combine all ingredients and enjoy whilst fresh!


  1. Yummy! I love sprouts! Your salad looks delicious, especially with almonds - I love their texture after they've soaked for a while. I'll have to start sprouting again, it's so nice to have something fresh from my own garden/home in the winter as it is here already :)

  2. Snap! I have a sprouted chickpea salad for lunch today too! Yummy :)

  3. I love sprouted seeds but have gotten out of the habit, thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Extremely healthy, fresh and pleasant!



  5. Mmm,ihana salaatti! Olen itselläni huomannut,että saan jonkinlaisia vatsaväänteitä idätetystä kik-herneistä,ja kaadankin hieman kuumaa vettä niiden päälle ennen syöntiä.

  6. I have never sprouted chickpeas before! This sounds fantastic!

  7. What a fresh and lovely dish! I have a new challenge now... sprouted chickpeas!!

  8. I have never sprouted chickpeas before! Wonder why i never tried! Salad looks delightful :)

  9. I will have to do some research on the health benefits of sprouting. Looks delicious.

  10. I must have sprouted just about everything but chickpeas: shall surely try! Love the zucchini/avocado addition! Another 'Maria' exclusive :) !

  11. Wow! Sprouted chickpeas! That's so unusual! I will definitely have to try this :) Thanks for the recipe!
    Your blog is really lovely by the way :)

  12. Salad looks great. I think i will like the crunch of the almonds. Thanks for the receipe.


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