Sprout Salad Recipe

One of the best salads I've made in a long time (mung bean sprouts, avocado, arugula, yogurt, almonds) & a look at the QUITOKEETO packaging.

Sprout Salad

A truck just pulled up in front of my house and dropped off a palette of flattened boxes. A tower, really. As tall as I am, and then some. I've spent a good amount of time staring at it. Formidable. But let me back up a bit - I'm standing here because a couple months ago I decided it would be fun to pull together an online pop-up shop. A summer thing - it'd be open for a couple weeks and consist of an incredibly short list of items I love. It'd be its own thing, and if I liked doing it, maybe I'd do it again later in the year. Minimal commitment, an opportunity for me to try something new, and at the same time collaborate with people and products I love. And, so far, it has been a blast to pull together. A different beast for sure, but fun. It'll be called QUITOKEETO (there's a story here I'll tell at some point), and if you want to know when the shop is open, updated, and whatnot - you can sign up for the mailing list on this page.

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Here's a glimpse of how the packaging is shaping up (and what my office looks like right now). I've been working on the boxes with the lovely and talented shak/ti ladies.

And for any of you who might be interested in some of the details that emerge when setting up a store, here's a sample list of some of the things that have been on my to-do list lately: Settle on a name. Set up a bank account related to shop. Set up a merchant bank account. Get resellers license. Figure out what the boxes we're shipping in look like (above). Fine-tune product list (8-10 absolute favorites). Leave voicemails for the long list of people who didn't call me back yesterday. Figure out workflow once an order comes in. Place box order (how many? what sizes?) Talk to someone at UPS about pricing to label printing. Figure out a flat-rate shipping plan that makes sense. Work with Wayne to customize Shopify experience. Try not to make him crazy. Set up mailing list. Assemble boxes (& buy more Band-aids for paper cuts). The good news, is that as I'm typing this list, most items have been checked off :)! So it looks like we're on track.

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In the midst of this, the farmers' markets here are absolutely booming. All kinds of greens, asparagus, favas, flowers, strawberries.....I brought a bunch of mung bean sprouts home on Saturday and made this for lunch. I know spouts aren't for everyone, and you can easily swap in cooked mung beans, or cannellini beans, or any lentils that will hold their shape when cooked.

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That's it for now - excited to share more on the recipe (and shop) fronts over the next few weeks. xo -h

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Sprout Salad

3/4 cup / 6 oz / 170 g plain Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 handful arugula, chopped
1 small bunch chives, minced

8 oz mung bean sprouts (or equiv. cooked mung beans), about 2 cups

a big handful of well-toasted, sliced almonds
1 ripe avocado, chopped
good extra virgin olive oil

to finish: chive flowers (optional)

In a small bowl combine the yogurt, salt, arugula, and chives.

In a larger bowl toss the mung beans and almonds with a splash of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Add the avocado, and gently toss once or twice more.

Serve the mung beans next to the yogurt mixture and drizzle with a bit more olive oil. If you had a few chive flowers in your bunch, sprinkle them across the top.

Serves 2 - 4.

Prep time: 5 minutes

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it - tag it #101cookbooks on Instagram!

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I'm actually about to do this step. This article got me thinking whether i should do it. Again. And thank you very much!


I am making sprouts right now and am always looking for interesting ways to use them. Thanks! The box design is so lovely, too.


I like the way you used the arugula in this recipe as an herb/flavoring for the yogurt. I usually think of arugula as a salad or cooking green. I love when I come across a recipe that inspires me to cook something in a new way. Thanks.


Hi! I just tried your recipe and LOVED it. As you mentioned, I substituted Cannellini beans for the sprouts, and it was delicious. I decided to "dress" the entire salad with the yogurt instead of placing it to the side so that I could take it to a party...oops...it wasn't as pretty as yours, but it still tasted good! I'll stick to your recipe next time!

Alicia M.

This sounds like the perfect light lunch to enjoy this time of year. thanks.

Julie Schwarz

I've always used sprouts in soup but never in salad. Definitely going to try for my next asian-inspired salad next time.


I love your cookbooks & blog-but why oh why are you not vegan-or at least offer more vegan options? Life without cheese & eggs can be so great-your cooking expertise would help so many people-not to mention the animals!

HS: Hi Shawn - I eat/cook a ton of meals that are vegan. There's an archive of nearly 150 recipes here. And it likely goes without saying, but I do my best to buy my dairy and eggs from sources who care about the environment and the animals.


Wow...delicious!!! I was sprouting some beans when I saw this recipe. Just took the yogurt out cause I´m vegan and use flax oil instead of olive oil. Thanks for sharing Heidi!!!


Oo Heidi, I'm so excited to see your project come to life! Sounds like it's coming together so nicely. Thanks for sharing your to-do list, I think it's easy in the world of food to pretend that the things going on outside of the kitchen aren't at the top of our minds. This is my kind of salad!

Cookie and Kate

made this earlier in the week - so simple yet so tasty!! today i made a riff on it - couldnt find the mung sprouts, so i used a crunchy sprout mix..put a little chipolte in the yogurt mixture, and subbed in some cherry tomatoes for the almonds. Not too bad, if i do say so myself!


I'm just starting some sprouts of my own! So looking forward to making this!


Wow, I'm so excited to see what types of things you'll carry at your shop. The salad looks yummy too.

Tasha @Tashasdish

Lovely idea! And the salad looks amazing, I very much like fresh summer salads.


SO exciting!! And this looks like such the perfect salad for a hot summer day :)


Heidi, your blog is so good. Such good writing. I am sure Quitokeeto will be a success. I sent you a private email as well, hope you get to it.


Good luck with your shop Heidi! Thanks for taking the time to share this delightful salad recipe.

Jeff @ Cheeseburger

Pretty, pretty green salad. The packaging/design for quitokeeto is really fun, too. Have a blast with it :)


Lovely recipe ... looking forward to hearing more about quitokeeto! Very intriguing :)


That even looks healthy!!! I love that every bite of your food looks satisfying, filling and nourishing. Kacie


Heidi, Love this blog and your cook books. I didn't see a spot to email you on this site. Just wanted to let you know I did a little post on you and your cookbook today and also linked to this site. Hope that is okay. I thought your book and cooking is perfect for my blog. Sincerely, Kim


I love sprouts! This recipe looks delicious and I will try it this week. Thanks!

Sarah @ Fresh Living

Good luck with your shop, I hope it is a success. I love sprouts, the salad looks excellent :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

The picture looks so refreshing, healthy and tasty! What a great recipe!

Julia {The Roasted Root}

This plus brown rice was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much heidifor your amazing recipes! I will certainly be making this again (possibly tomorrow - I just can't get enough!) and I made this with soya yoghurt strained through cheesecloth for a couple hours for any interested vegans! x


The box design is gorgeous - simple and chic. Good luck with the pop up! Salad looks yummy too! :)


Hooray! I have a bunch of chive flowers in the garden right now and they're beautiful but wasn't sure what to do first. This is it. Perfect.


TOTALLY just finished reading book Conscious Eating, and was truly enlightening. So, came onto your site for my daily does of '101..' and saw the sprout recipe. Sweet! Going past the whole eating beans thing to making my own sprouts and really pumped about it. Dig this recipe, making my co-op shopping list right now!


Love sprouting my own mungers, sooo super easy to do and will serve with milk kefir dressing instead of yoghurt, thanks for the inspiration!

Lainie Anderson

all the luck for your shop! love the salad! so simple :)


Your new venture sounds most interesting and I look forward to knowing more about it. In the meantime I wish you all the best.

Clifton Kitchen - Cooking Through the seasons

Your blog has inspired me to start my own in Beijing!! Please come visit and give me some advice on blogging if you have the time. Thanks!

Lady and Pups

This is a great option for salads during the warmer summer months.

Mike @TheIronYou

Can't wait to hear the backstory on Quitokeeto. I am curious to see if it has anything to do with the city of Quito, Ecuador. That is where I grew up, so I'm always curious about all things Quito :-)


that sounds and looks so delicious! the textures and flavors! mmm!! thanks for sharing!

Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

Just wanted to say that I've begun reading Wild as well - can't put it down!


I just wanted to follow up and say this recipe was delicious, as in amazingly good. I used green onion instead of chives and didn't have an avocado on hand. But it still was a perfect afternoon snack, thanks!

Sarah @ Winner Celebration Party

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