Chicon &Turnip Salad

25 Feb

This is a gorgeous winter salad made all the healthier by the addition of sprouted seeds in this case; fenugreek, radish and lentil. It makes a great starter because it is fresh, light and gets the taste buds springing in to action. The bitter leaves will also aid digestion.
Serves 2

  • 2 Belgian Chicory (Chicon)
  • 1-2 white turnips
  • a handful of sprouted seeds
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt
  • olive oil

Shave the chicon into nice thin slices, peel and grate the turnips, throw in a handful of sprouted seeds. Mix well and dress to taste with lemon juice olive oil and salt. You can also add a pinch of sugar or orange juice instead of lemon if you like to tone down the bitter dressing.

Gardeners Note A chicon is the sprouting heart of a chicory ‘forced’ or grown in the dark. They are a staple winter crop in France and a wonderful vegetable for salads or cooking.
Variations any kind of winter radish or brassica root works well in this salad.
25/2/2009:

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