Microgreens Salad

Have you eaten out at an expensive restaurant lately? No? Me either. But I have dined at such places. I’ve noticed a trend –perfect petite greens in a tiny mound on the plate. These greens are not a garnish. Despite filling no more than a thimble, they are listed on the menu as part of the entree, often called microgreens salad.

I had some last night. Here is a bowlful, dressed with good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. These greens are a combination of Tuscan kale and fancy lettuces. They were delicious. I had more than a thimbleful. They came from my garden.


I don’t grow microgreens on purpose. What I do grow are beds of kale, chard and mixed lettuces.


All of which need thinning.


It’s tedious work. It seems like it might not be worth the bother to collect those small leaves,


and then wash several times in water and spin dry.

But it is. Last night, after a long day in the garden and cleaning the coop, I didn’t feel much like cooking. We had spaghetti and jarred tomato sauce topped with (very good) grated parmesan cheese. We also had microgreens salad, which made it all seem special.

For dessert we had homemade rhubarb and peach crumble, which took all of five minutes to put together before baking. But, that’s for another post.


  1. Yum, yum! I have lettuce coming up from last year’s seed, I will put the olive oil and balsamic vinegar on it for a salad tonight! Thanks for reminding me!

  2. I’ve never seen baby kale on a menu or for sale- sounds like a good idea! Or rather a crisp yet tender idea.
    Funny, I always have trouble thinning sprouts, I feel so sorry for them…picking them to eat would put much better perspective on it!

  3. Certainly no secret why animals and insects prefer these new, tender leaves. I’ll have to check my dad’s garden for a treat like this.

  4. Yum!! I eat microgreen salads because I am too impatient to wait for it to grow into big lettuce. :~)

  5. For some reason I can grow these greens pretty easily…I sell them in a ziplock for $3.00 and sometimes more for a bag. I cannot keep up with people that want it! P.S. Your menu sounds DELICIOUS!