Vegetable pickles, or sprouts, are the ultimate way to use up a large portion of a salad, with a creamy, slightly sweet and slightly salty flavor.
They’re a versatile dish, as they can be used in soups, dips and sandwiches, as well as baked goods and pasta.
You can also make your own pickles from scratch, or use the ingredients in homemade dressing.
Here’s how to make sprouts at home, using simple ingredients and lots of love.
What you’ll need for this recipe: A salad.
This one is simple: pickles.
For this recipe, we’re using the fresh, frozen pickles at our local grocery store, but you can also use frozen pickled vegetables.
The freshest pickles can also be made from a dehydrated vegetable like cabbage.
Some varieties are slightly more sweet and salty than others, so be sure to choose a variety that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
For an even sweeter, tangier, creamier version, add a few slices of lemon to your dressing.
A small cucumber or tomato, chopped for a crunchy texture, can be added to the dressing, too.
For a more savory pickle, add minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
Sprouts are often served with a bit of breadcrumbs and chopped cilantro.
If you don’t want to add breadcrumb to your pickle mix, you can leave the mixture alone and use any combination of fresh or frozen pickle ingredients, or add your own in the form of a bouillon cube.
Ingredients for 1 large sprout 1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped into wedges 1 large tomato, sliced into wedches 1 medium onion, diced 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, or more to taste 1 tablespoon olive oil (or more to your taste) 1 tablespoon sugar or honey 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste) salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Directions: Place your cucumber and tomato in a medium saucepan, with the vinegar and olive oil.
Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.
Reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
Add the onions and sauté for a minute or two, until the onions soften and become translucent.
Add vinegar, vinegar and sugar and bring to a gentle boil.
Remove from heat and add vinegar and the remaining sugar.
Let simmer for a few minutes.
Transfer the mixture to a blender, and process until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a container, and cover with cling film.
Keep in a cool, dark place until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes *For a sweeter version, use dried pickles instead of fresh pickles (such as fresh pickled carrots).