There are a few repeat questions that I get at every farmers market, and they tend to focus on “how do you eat these?” or “are these just for salads?”. The answer is always “Yes, they are great for adding to a salad, but they are really amazing added to any dish!”
Microgreens are delicate and they need to be treated with a little care, but they are not hard to cook with or add into any dish. Because they are delicate, its important to not introduce to heat. They should be added after the meal is cooked and starting to cool. We like to serve dinner plated and have good selection of microgreens to choose from at the center of the table, just like dressing or salt and pepper. In cooler meals, like cold pasta salad or sushi rolls, the greens can be added right into the mix. Same thing with salads. Feel free to mix them in with your salad greens or sprinkle on top.
We like to think of them as a nutritional supplement and use them to meet our daily requirements of many vitamins and minerals. For instance, broccoli microgreens are likely the most nutritious greens that we grow. Just 2 oz of these greens have the nutritional density of 2.5 lbs of broccoli flourettes. When you’re using microgreens at every meal, you’re really just adding a little more nutrition every time you eat. That adds up! Just one small package is like consuming an extra 2 or 3 lbs of broccoli by the end of the week.
Plus, after a while, the plate just seems lacking without a splash of green or purple. Once you get hooked, they are hard to quit. But who doesn’t need a new healthy habit for the new year?