Appetizer, Entrée, Gluten Free, Summer, Salad


peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen
peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen

"Have patience with everything that remains unresolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."

-Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to A Young Poet

Living the questions. I love the image of "living everything" (thank you, Sarah, for sharing this quote with me!). I want to keep moving when fear paralyzes me. When big decisions seem too big, or I seem stuck or defeated within them before I've even truly lived them through - before I've lived my way to the answer. As someone who assumes the outcome of circumstances before they actually play out, I need to be doing a lot less projecting and choosing more joy in the process. Oh, the process. But I love answers! Anyway, wanted to pass on the quote to you too.

It's been overcast and humid over here, so the 4th celebrations may not be as sunny and glorious as we hope for. Regardless of the sunshine, there will be a beach, friends, a BBQ and a weekend with both work and family. Because I am always "the salad girl" I made a big batch of this dressing to have on hand for all the get togethers. I am a fan of the salad construction below. It is a perfect use of all those ripe peaches this time of year, a bit of heft from the lentils and avocado and a spicy yet slightly creamy dressing. I have not burn out on my good quality sheeps feta phase, so I couldn't help myself here either. We used mache for a tender texture that wouldn't compete with the peaches, but the lettuce choice isn't strict here.

Wishing you all a nice holiday weekend. May there be fresh and tasty salads between all the bbq's and chips!

peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen
peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen
peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen
peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen


Dressing recipe inspired from Bon Appetite

I doubled the dressing because I like to keep extras on hand. It was great drizzled on some grilled vegetables and livened up a bowl of quinoa. You could halve everything if you want just enough for one or two salads. I added creme fraiche to the original because I prefer things a little creamy, but a vegan version would be fine without, or even substitute some vegan mayonaise. 

  • 1/2 cup tangerine or orange juice
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • generous handful of fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. creme fraiche 
  • 6 cups mache or tender green of choice
  • 1/2 cup micro greens
  • 2 avocado, cubed
  • 2 peaches, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cooked lentils (French or Black hold up well)
  • 2 oz. / 1/3 cup crumbled sheep's milk feta, optional 
peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen
peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen

Simmer tangerine/orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to roughly 3 Tbsp., about 8 minutes. Let cool.

Cook jalapeno, turning occasionally until blistered and charred all over. About 8 minutes. I did this over the stove, you could use the grill or even a toaster oven to scorch that guy. Let cool, remove stem, skin, seeds and finely chop. In a small blender or food processor, pulse together the reduced juice, seeded jalapeno, shallot, salt, cilantro, vinegar, oil and creme fraiche. This can be done by hand if you like things chunky. The dressing can be made in advance and kept covered in the fridge for up to a week. Note that it may get a bit stronger in flavor and spice over time.

To assemble the salad, toss the greens, half the avocado, lentils and peach slices in desired amount of the dressing. Finish the salad with remaining ingredients on top, and crumble the feta to finish. Serve immediately.

peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen
peach & mache salad . sprouted kitchen
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Appetizer, Entrée, Summer



I’m not sure why I’ve been so intimidated to make my own pizza dough. It has a quick list of about 4 stand by ingredients and reaped a priceless amount of self accomplishment. I watched the dough ball slowly expand and immediately texted Hugh to mark my success. I used a combination of unbleached flour and whole wheat, resulting in a hearty yet pliable dough.

The attractive thing about pizza to any home cook, is that it is a blank canvas for flavors. You can use whatever cheese you have, maybe some leftover shredded chicken, marinara sauce or pesto. I wanted to wish my beloved figs a fond farewell this season, so a savory flatbread was just the place for final enjoyment. At some point this holiday weekend, I'm sure you'll be eating outside, and likely with other people. I've YET to meet someone who does not like pizza. Unless you're some low carb, gluten free, fat free diner, in which case Hugh will gladly consume your portion.


RUSTIC FIG AND GOAT CHEESE PIZZA // Makes 2 large, or 4 small pizzas

Dough //

2 Cups Unbleached Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 to 1 1/4 Cup Water

1 tsp./ Half Packet Quick Rise Yeast

2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tsp. Sea Salt

3 tbsp. Fresh Chopped Chives

Goodies //

12 Fresh Figs, Sliced

½ Cup Soft Goat Cheese

½ Cup Fresh Shaved Parmesan Reggiano

¼ Cup Red Onion, VERY thinly sliced

¼ Cup Fresh Chives

2 Cups Organic Mache (Lambs Lettuce)

2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper


Turn your grill to medium high heat.

1. Make the dough according to instructions on Mark Bitten's blog. Please note I used 2 Cups Unbleached Flour and 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour which provided both a chewy and crispy texture when pulled thin enough, I also added fresh chives for a bit of color and zing. This needs to be done 2 hrs. in advance.

2. Once you've made your dough, divide it and pull it out to desired size. With your hands, rub a little bit of oil on one side, and put the oiled side down on the grill. Close the lid and grill for about 3 minutes.

3. Flip the dough over and push the dough down with a spatula to create a thinner flatbread (if you desire... I desired). Evenly distribute the sliced figs, goat cheese, parmesan, chives and sliced red onion across the dough. Give it all a generous grind of pepper and sprinkle of salt. Close the lid and grill for another 6 to 8 minutes untill all toppings are melted and there are grill marks on the bottom of the dough.

4. In the meantime, toss the mache lettuce with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper.

5. Remove the flatbreads and top with a hefty handful of the dressed mache. Chomp away while its hot!

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