Egg Salad Sandwich With Broccoli Sprouts

If you are wondering what the heck is pictured above, that’s broccoli sprouts. Just like onion, mustard or alfalfa seeds, broccoli seeds are also available in the market for sprouting. They have a mild, but delicate broccoli flavor, and a nice crunch. I am always partial to micro greens. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to watch them grow.

I lost count on how many times my attempts to sprout alfalfa were failed. As with other sprouts, I used a jar. They seem to grow just fine, but after three days, they would retain more moisture than they need, and turn mushy. Not to mention, smelly too. I just couldn’t find a way to maintain the right level of moisture. Then, I devised a setup which now works efficiently every single time.

This is how I do it. Take a colander (a shallow and fairly broad one) and a bowl on top of which the colander sits well. Fill the bowl with water, sprinkle seeds on the colander, and place on top of the bowl. The seeds will be immersed in water, and let them be for about 10 hours. Then empty the bowl and keep the colander on top. The excess water will slowly drip into the bowl, and keep your counter top clean. Gently rinse the seeds every 12 hours, and continue to keep the colander on the bowl. After 4-6 days, you will see long green sprouts in your colander. Cut the sprouts, and use in recipes. Or refrigerate for later use.

My sprouts always seem to find a place in a sandwich or a burger. I love their mild, fresh taste and crunchy texture. Given below is an egg salad that I whipped one day, when I didn’t have mayonnaise or yogurt on hand. The dressing, made with cooked mashed egg yolks and mustard, is very tasty, that I hardly use dairy products in my egg sandwich anymore. Served on whole grain toasts, they make for a quick lunch, that will keep you full for a long time.

Egg Salad Sandwich With Broccoli Sprouts
(makes 4)


Egg – 6
Vegetables like celery, carrot, red bell pepper – 1½ cups, finely diced
Broccoli sprouts or any other micro greens – 1 cup
Whole grain bread – 8 slices


Mustard – ½ tsp
Olive oil – 1 tbsp
Juice of half a lemon
Parsley or cilantro – 1 tbsp, minced
Red pepper flakes – 1 tsp


Take the eggs in a sauce pan and cover with 1 inch of water. Turn on the heat and let the water come to a boil. When it comes a rolling boil, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Take the eggs off the heat, empty the hot water, rinse once with cold water, drain and give the pan a violent shake. The shells would crack, making them easy to peel. I find peeling eggs easy when they are still warm, or refrigerated for a day.

Halve the hard boiled eggs, separating the yolks from the whites. Dice the whites and set aside. In a bowl, take the warm yolks, and mash them to a coarse paste. Add the other ingredients listed under dressing and whisk well to combine.

Mix the dressing with diced egg whites and vegetables. Toss to combine. Spread the egg salad on toasted bread, top with broccoli sprouts, followed by another slice of bread. Enjoy with fries, if desired.

Egg sandwich with broccoli sprouts, served with baked sweet potato fries

This is my entry for this edition of JFI, an event started by Indira. Dee of Ammalu’s kitchen, who is guest hosting this month, is calling for recipes with sprouts.


amna said...

haven't heard of these sprouts before! look good :)

wish you a happy new year, Suganya.

Raaga said...

looks lovely. I shall try the egg salad though :-)

Happy New Year Sug!

Varsha Vipins said...

Thats absolutely fantastic ..Thanx ..Il try it soon..:)

sra said...

Happy New Year, Suganya!

Anonymous said...

Did not know that u can sprout broccoli! I love my sprouts in salads or sandwiches.... lovely pic!

Happy New year to you & your family Suganya!

Dee said...

That looks awesome Sug!! Thanks for the entry ! See you at the round up and Happy new year!

Lisa Turner said...

That's one fancy sandwich! Best wishes for the new year!

Kalai said...

Awesome idea for a sandwich, Suganya! Thanks for the sprouts tips. Wish you and your family a very happy new year! :)

Vijitha said...

yummy! awesome pics!

Sig said...

Dear Suganya, wish you a happy and healthy 2009!

Anonymous said...

Hi ,
Love the sandwich.
Where can i find these emerald sprouts?
Can you tell the store in bayarea?
thanks for the healthy food.

Sunshinemom said...

Happy New Year, Suganya!!

I mistook them for alfalfa sprouts! Such sprouts taste great in sandwiches - as always a great snap:)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Looks delicious. I love snadwiches made with "crunchy" fillings.
I make my sprouts the same way too.

Happy New Year, Suganya.

Unknown said...

The picture is so good! those sprouts must be delish!!!!

Anonymous said...

This looks yummy! The pic is absolutely droolworthy!

Anonymous said...

broccoli sprouts? definitely looks yummy.... can't wait to get out of here so I can buy more variety of sprouts out there, e.g. alfalfa, etc.

So far, the locals only have bean sprouts.

PG said...

looks delicious! have to make note of this lovely dressing that you have created. :)

bee said...

wish you a wonderful 2009, dear suganya.

Suganya said...

Thank you for your wishes. I wish you all a very happy new year too.

Archana, I grew these sprouts at home. I have never seen 'em in stores.

veggie belly said...

Thats a gorgeous, rustic looking sandwich. I love sprouts, but have never sprouted broccoli. I'm guessing the seeds are available in health food stores?

Anonymous said...

can you tell me where can i find seeds in bay area?
thank you

Anonymous said...


SUperb recipe.

Can you PLEASE show using pictures how to make brocolli sprouts. I have tried it so many times and it never truns out fine.
Thanks so much!

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