Raw Sprouted Cucumber Salad
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the “Big Olive Oil Night” at Cafe Levain in Minneapolis. It was a fun and educational evening, sponsored by California Olive Ranch. We learned that there are areas in California that are great spots to grow olives! I was amazed at how much olive growing was like wine. They even prune their trees to resemble the vine pruning.
I have to admit, I was impressed with not only the freshness of the oil but also the taste. It was amazing. I left with a complimentary bottle of the Arbosana. All of the oils are cold pressed and never see heat over 87 degrees so great for a raw food recipe. Wanting to experiment with this beautiful, fresh olive oil, I started throwing some ingredients together. What I ended up with is a perfect summer salad, hearty enough for lunch or dinner. The use of sprouted wheat berries adds a beautiful flavor, crunch and tons of nutrients!
Wheat berries are very simple to sprout. I always use hard winter wheat when sprouting. Simply soak the berries overnight, then rinse two to three times a day until they sprout, which can happen in just a day and a half. 1 cup of wheat berries will yield 2 cups of sprouted wheat. For this recipe, I started by sprouting one and a half cups and had the perfect amount.
I used the olive oil in a beautiful lime basil vinaigrette. Made with honey as a sweetener, if you don’t use honey, you can substitute agave or another sweetener. I think this recipe will become one of your raw food recipe staples.
Cucumber Watermelon Wheat Berry Salad
- 2 cups diced cucumber
- 2 cups diced watermelon
- 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
- 3 cups sprouted wheat berries
- Toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
Lime Basil Vinaigrette
- 2 limes, juice from
- 1/3 cup olive oil, cold pressed
- 1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped basil
- Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
- Whisk all ingredients except basil, salt and pepper together until thick.
- Stir in basil. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour over salad ingredients and toss.