Broccoli Sprout Salad with Matcha Dressing
- 2-3 cups broccoli sprouts (or 2 Tablespoons broccoli seeds to sprout yourself)
- 2 cups chopped spinach or your favorite mixed greens
- 1 cup shredded carrot (or your favorite veggies)
- ¼ cup red onion, chopped
- ¼ cup walnuts (or your preferred nut)
- ¼ cup dried cranberries, cherries, or goji berries (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
- 3 Tablespoons fresh orange juice (about ½ medium orange – for more orange flavor, add in 1 TBSP of orange zest)
- 2 Tablespoons organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons organic sesame oil
- 1 Tablespoon raw, local honey
- 1 Tablespoon organic matcha green tea powder
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon minced ginger root
- ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan or sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- If making your own broccoli sprouts, add 2 tablespoons organic broccoli seeds to a large mason jar. Fill up jar with filtered water until about halfway full. Screw on sprouting lid. Place jar in a dark, warm place (cupboards work great!) for about 8-12 hours. Drain water, add in more filtered water and swirl around to rinse off seeds, and drain again.
- Place jar upside down (or at an angle) in a bowl or sprouting jar box. Place back in cupboard for about 12 hours. Continue to rinse and drain every 12 hours (or twice a day, i.e. once in morning and again in evening) until your seeds begin to sprout and form small, yellow leaves (anywhere from 3 to 5 days). Then place jar in indirect sunlight and continue to rinse every 12 hours. When sprouts are green, they are ready to eat (7-9 days)!
- You can store sprouts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2-3 weeks or even freeze them for adding to smoothies. ¼ cup twice a day of broccoli sprouts may make a significant impact on your overall health, energy, and detoxification.
- When you are ready to assemble salad, make the dressing by placing all of your ingredients into a blender and blend up until smooth consistency is reached. Set aside.
- Place salad ingredients into a bowl and drizzle with dressing. Toss, serve, and enjoy!
Serves 2. Per Serving (based on using spinach, carrots, & walnuts):
Calories: 497 | Total Fat: 60 g | Total Carbohydrate: 39 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Protein: 8 g
Broccoli sprouts have antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, anti-aging, neuroprotective, and anti-diabetic properties. They are also abundant in quercetin, glutathione, beta carotene, indoles, vitamin C, lutein, and the metabolic substance DIM, which is a natural aromatase inhibitor.
Carrot is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin A and beta-carotene, an essential nutrient for eye health, immune function, and much more.
Cayenne pepper is a good source of beta carotene and antioxidants that support the immune system. The key compound in cayenne called capsaicin is also cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory, helps prevent kidney stones and speed up metabolism, and has beneficial effects on the GI system.
There are over 300 varieties of garlic grown around the world. It is considered both a vegetable and an herb and is clinically proven to support the immune system.
Ginger is a potent aromatic herb and a good natural source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. It has been used for thousands of years in Asia to treat stomach ache, diarrhea, and nausea.
Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. It also contains more antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates!
Pure olive oil is high in nutrients including vitamins D, E, K, and A as well as omega-3 fatty acids. For the highest quality, look for organic extra virgin olive oil in dark glass bottles or tins that have an expiry date.
One cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice has 124 mg of vitamin C and 21 grams of natural sugar. It also contains 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A.
Raw honey is a good source of many vitamins and is rich in antioxidants. Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve overall immune function.
Red onions are a rich source of quercetin and anthocyanin, powerful antioxidants that protect the heart and lower inflammation and cancer risk.
Sesame seeds help prevent diabetes, detoxify the body, and lower blood pressure. They are an excellent source of plant lignans, which are linked to a lower risk of heart disease and hormone-associated cancers.
One of many nutrient-dense leafy greens, spinach can improve digestion, flush bodily toxins, and promote skin health.
Walnuts have been found to reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes, and may help lower inflammation throughout the body.