Microgreens Breakfast Salad
The other week my friend asked me if I wanted to grab coffee and talk about a new project that he was working on. Because I can't function without a steady stream of caffeine, I responded with an enthusiastic FUCK YES. Coffee and learning about a mysterious side hustle? Sign me up.
As it turns out, my friend is in the business of growing micro-greens. According to the wisdom of the internet, micro-greens are the "shoots of salad vegetables such as arugula, Swiss chard, mustard, beetroot, etc., picked just after the first leaves have developed." They are essentially the little baby version of plants that have just the same amount of nutrients packed in, but in a way smaller package. Micro-greens are a super efficient way to get your daily dose of produce in. They also grow extremely quickly without using many resources, so they are an earth friendly alternative to, say, purchasing produce from a grocery chain that might have been grown using tons of fertilizer, water, and then trucked for miles to get to the store you bought them for. Micro-greens are a micro (pun intended!) solution to some of the many problems of big agriculture. Pretty much any human (hell, maybe even my dog) can be a micro-greens farmer with pretty minimal effort. It's pretty fuckin' dope.
At the coffee shop my friend John pulled baggies of micro-greens out of his messenger bag and plopped them on the table. On the table was baby arugula, peas, and sunflowers. YUM The bags were bursting with little green sprouts of varying sizes and density. It may or may not have looked like we were making a blatantly public drug deal, but whatever. A girl needs her salad fixings! I immediately got a million ideas for how to use them, but one in particular jumped out at me. A breakfast salad.
I love breakfast. Since rejoining the 9-5 world last summer the need for a regular breakfast routine in my life was reinvigorated. There is just something that feels, to me, so luxurious about cooking for myself. I love taking time to eat breakfast in the morning with a cup of coffee, my journal, and maybe some tunes if I'm feeling crazy. My psycho dog, sassy Maxi, usually wanders onto my lap to lick the plate. My days can be crazy, and breakfast always feels like a calm before the storm.
Anyway, a breakfast salad seemed like the perfect use of my newly acquired micro-greens, and this puppy was both delicious and nutritious. My breakfast salad jingle will be dropping any day now.
John is still in the process of building out his business and web presence, but once it's live I will update ALL Y'ALL on his green goodies, where you can find them, and how to grow them on your own.
Microgreens Breakfast Salad
You will need
- 1 big handful of microgreens. For this salad I used sunflower greens, but it would also be great with pea greens.
- 3 eggs
- 1 handful baby carrots, chopped
- 1/4 cup feta
- 1 tbsp your favorite dressing. I used Just Ranch
- Pepper for your eggs, if you like 'em like that (I DO)
Make the damn salad
- Fry 3 eggs sunny side up. I like to use olive oil to fry my eggs, but ghee is also a great option. Top with pepper if desired.
- Slide your eggs on top of your salad and drizzle with dressing of your choice.
- Eat! The gooey egg and microgreen combination is delicious and so nutrient dense that you'll feel nourished for hours.
I'm not about counting calories or macro-nutrients, so the nutrition info for my salad (or any other foods I post!) won't be listed. If you absolutely can't live with that info you are a very capable human and I trust you to use the combination of your brain and the powers of the internet to find that information for yourself.