Don't limit yourself with what you can do with your microgreens. Sure, you can just use it as garnish, but why do that when its flavor, texture, and visual appeal allow for so much more?
Here are eight fun ways to kick up your dinner with microgreens, from cocktails, to appetizers, to burgers!
Green eggs and maybe ham
Why not switch things up and have breakfast for dinner? Try adding a handful of microgreens to your sautéed mushroom and goat cheese omelette for a fun and zesty alternative.
Put a beet on it
Microgreen salads pack a powerful nutritional punch. Combine cubed beets, goat cheese, thinly sliced red onion, toasted hazelnuts, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette with your greens and prepare to be blown away by the salad's intense flavour!
Build a better burger
What's better than a juicy beef patty topped with melted sharp aged cheddar and caramelized onions? That exact burger crowned with microgreens. Instead of run-of-the-mill lettuce, top your burger with microgreens for that crunch factor.
Sear up some ahi tuna to make tuna tataki, a Japanese method of preparing meat where only the sides are seared over high heat. Drizzle the complexly flavored tataki sauce—which is made of green onion, grated ginger, ponzu, sesame oil, soy sauce—over the tuna, and carefully place microgreens on top for a great textural contrast.
Propose a toast
If mint can be in a mojito, then there's no reason for microgreens not to star in its own cocktail. Garnish your drink with some greens, or crush it up with some lime, vodka, Triple Sec, and simple syrup for a sophisticated drink.
Top your crostini—or "little toasts"—with some microgreens. Toast up some thinly sliced ciabatta, and layer on ricotta, sliced and pitted black olives, lemon zest, and microgreens for a delightful hors d'oeuvres.
Et voilà! Pesto!
Forget the basil—make a healthier pesto sauce using microgreens, pine nuts, garlic, pecorino cheese, and good quality extra-virgin olive oil. It's perfect for pancetta and sweet pea linguine.
Like a big pizza pie—that's amore
Arugula is a very popular pizza topping, so there's no reason to not combine beautiful Italian pies with microgreens. Sprinkle it over a white pizza—melted fontina, mozzarella, and goat cheeses will contrast beautifully with the vibrant greens.