Spring Sprouts Salad

by Kiran on April 16, 2013 · 82 comments

in Salads, Sides

One of few moments in my life, where I’m left speechless.

As I watched the news yesterday, events at Boston Marathon unfolded into something eerie. Something unimaginable and so devastating. We had friends running the marathon and when the news on blasts was announced, our world was turned upside down.

After a couple of frantic mail and twitter exchanges, we sighed a huge relief when we found out our friends are fine from harms way. But that didn’t stop us from reacting differently with the whole situation.

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We are sadden and just angry at the whole situation. Like many, we are still demanding answers.

A calamity at such magnitude is difficult to digest. And to truly understand how people who are directly impacted, copes in such situation — left us speechless.

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A horrific tragedy that definitely left us to ponder about life and loved ones. Hug them in every opportunity you get. Tell them how much they are loved. Spend more time with each other. Spend life relishing and making memories together.

Don’t be spiteful or hateful — instead, embrace one another.

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy. — Sai Baba

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We love you Bostanians and we are grieving with you during this trying times. God bless you.

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Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate. — Alan D. Wolfelt

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  • 1.5 cups sprouted mungbeans
  • 6 fresh radishes, sliced
  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut flesh
  • 2 oranges, sliced


  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup walnut oil


  1. Prepare dressing by adding all the ingredients into a jar. Shake it to emulsify.
  2. Add salad ingredients in a huge bowl. Toss it with prepared dressing.


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May the souls of the departed, rests in peace.

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares. — Henri Nouwen 

I could not write anything else than what I’m feeling, right at this moment. And all I wanted to do is share how I feel with you with hopes of finding some resolution or discourse, soon.


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1 Rosa April 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM
2 Kiran April 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Rosa — thank you so much, my dear friend 🙂


3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I love that quote from Henri Nouwen. As you said so well, we are all grieving with Boston. Love the colors and textures of this salad!
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4 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Laura — in times of grieving, food is definitely a comforting gesture.


5 Mr. & Mrs. P April 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM

What a gorgeous salad!! Beautiful work my friend!!!
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6 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Mr & Mrs P — thank you!


7 Monica April 16, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Well said, Kiran. You just can’t make sense of these terrible acts. All you can do is live better, be better, and love those around you more. Sharing food, sitting around the table, is one way to do that.


8 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Monica — you summarized it so well, my friend 🙂


9 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I’m glad to hear your friends are okay. A friend of mine was running in the marathon too and my first thought went to her when I heard the news. Very scary.
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10 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Kiersten — I hope your friend is well. xo


11 Mary @ Fit and Fed April 16, 2013 at 6:37 PM

So sad. Friends of a friend of mine were injured, a runner’s husband and young son.

Your salad looks light and spring-y with the radishes, one of the first crops. And the mung beans are an easy way to add protein. I’m glad you are keeping on.
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12 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Mary — i’m so sorry about your friends. And I pray they recover with strong resilience, soon.


13 dishesfrommykitchen April 16, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Love sprouts anytime and its part of routine meal. Pictures are gorgeous asusual Kiran.


14 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Pavithra — thank you!


15 Nami | Just One Cookbook April 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I was in shock too – this could happen anywhere and happen to any of us. Really scary. I love this spring-insired salad, Kiran! Pictures are just gorgeous!!!
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16 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Nami — thanks girl 🙂


17 Wizzy April 16, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Stunning photos and an equally stunning tragedy. My prayers go out to the survivors and their families that they will find the strength.
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18 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Wizzy — thank you.


19 rebecca April 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM

love this salad really need to start sprouting beans 🙂 hugs to you thanks for the nice comment on my last post
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20 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Rebecca — I hope the sprouting was a success 🙂


21 Juliana April 17, 2013 at 12:24 AM

The salad looks great, very refreshing…perfect for Spring.
Hope you are having a nice week Kiran 🙂
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22 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Juliana — thanks my friend, and hope you are having a great week 🙂


23 Mallika April 17, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I hear you loud and clear as you speak for moral values, humanity and empathy. Heartfelt grievances for the ones who suffered tragedy.

Your salad is spot on. I absoutely admire those colors and vibrancy in your stunning photos.


24 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Mallika — thank you for the kind words 🙂


25 Raymund April 17, 2013 at 2:20 AM

I got all of the ingredients at hand so theres no reason not making this delicious looking salad
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26 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Raymund — and I hope you enjoyed the experiment and good eats 🙂


27 Katerina April 17, 2013 at 3:27 AM

My heart aches for every innocent soul who is lost in the name of a completely irrational cause whether this is in Boston or in any other place of the world. I truly hope, although I find it highly impossible, that one day people will be able to understand the vanity of all this and be also able to live harmonically in their countries. Your salad is burst with flavors and a truly springy dish my friend!
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28 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Katerina — thank you for the comforting and humbling thoughts my friend 🙂


29 Angie@Angie's Recipes April 17, 2013 at 4:22 AM

What a beautiful spring salad!
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30 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Angie — thanks friend 🙂


31 My Kitchen Stories April 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Beautiful pictures and words. I freaked out too when I woke uop and heard the news because I had a friends there too. Makes you want to reassess. I want to tell you…that your great and I would miss you if you didn’t blog….there I said that. Have a lovely week!


32 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Tania — your sweet words definitely made up for a few sombre days. Thank you my dear friend 🙂


33 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 17, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I bet the support of runners and the city in general is going to be overwhelming at next year’s marathon, as it has been in the aftermath of such a horrible tragedy. As a former Bostonian, I felt like a piece of my heart broke that day. We will rise above it though. Thank you for sharing this lovely spring salad, Kiran. A nice reminder that there is so much beauty in this world, also through food!
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34 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Georgia — Well said my friend. And thank you for the encouragement. We will raise above it all for sure 🙂


35 john@kitchenriffs April 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Very well said. Such a senseless thing to happen. On a happier note, wonderful salad! Oranges and radishes combine so well, don’t they? Love the addition of the sprouts and coconut. Good stuff – thanks.
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36 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM

John — 🙂


37 ChopinandMysaucepan April 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Dear Kiran,

The Boston incident is so sad and tragic. To think there are inhuman people who can carry out such a heinous act is unimaginable.

I love your food styling, this recipe looks delicious and the photos are gorgeous.
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38 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Dear Chopinand — thank you so much for a very thoughtful reflect on the tragedy, which I’m sure we will all rise to– above and beyond.


39 Nancy/SpicieFoodie April 17, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I’m glad to hear your friends are safe. It is such a horrific event and I too was left speechless. Your lovely salad gives us something to smile about among all the bad news.
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40 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Nancy — thanks for the comforting thoughts, my friend 🙂


41 laurasmess April 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Hello beautiful Kiran. I felt exactly the same in regards to the Boston Marathon incident. We have friends who live in Boston and rang them immediately after fearing the worst. Thankfully, like your friends, they’re safe and well. I still have such a sinking feeling in my heart though – so many injured, who lost limbs and have permanent scarring on their minds and bodies. I’m definitely praying for each and every one of them. This is my first visit to your blog and you’re beautifully talented, not to mention a beautiful person! I’ll definitely be trying your salad recipe. Take care.
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42 Kiran April 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Hello Laura — Welcome to Recipebox and thank you so much for making my day with such thoughtful and beautiful comments. So glad your friends are fine in the midst of so much unimaginable devastation.

I’m still learning the art of food photography, at the same time, hope to help others in the process. But thank you once again for a very thoughtful comment. Hope you enjoy this recipe 🙂


43 carolinaheartstrings April 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Very nice post. Thank you!


44 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 3:08 AM

CHS — and thanks for reading.


45 Rekha Kakkar April 18, 2013 at 3:12 AM

Its become one of most difficult thing to deal for human race, May All those departed souls RIP.

Your salad looks so lovely , right mix of refreshing and healthy ingredients and colors look beautiful in the photographs.
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46 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Rekha — till this date, I can’t imagine what other’s are still going through after 9-11 and 11-24 in Mumbai. So tragic.


47 Jen @ Savory Simple April 18, 2013 at 7:47 AM

I knew so many people running in the marathon. I’m so grateful they’re all ok. What a tragic event 🙁
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48 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Jen — so thankful your friends are ok. xo


49 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings April 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Truly, the Boston bombing is a heinous heinous heinous tragedy! Who would do such a thing? WHY??? These are innocent people!!! I especially feel saddened by the Martin family who lost their 8-year-old boy, whose mother is in critical care for brain injury, and whose 6-year-old daughter’s leg got amputated! As a parent, this really struck the very heart of me. I cannot imagine the depths of their pain right now. So sad…

On a lighter note, your food sure looks good. And it cheered me up inspite of all the bad news from the US, including the most recent Texas explosion!
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50 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Jen — wish we had all the answers. the last one week has been filled with so much heartache 🙁


51 IRENA April 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

That looks awesome!! Wonderful photography and table settings, vibrant colors and tasty recipe – very impressive overall! Wish you all the best!


52 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Irena — thank you so so much 🙂


53 foodwanderings April 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Aww Kiran such a beautiful tribute! You are as sweet as your photographs!
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54 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Shulie — awww, thanks a lot my dear friend. It was important to me that I spoke how I felt about the tragedy. And I’ve always believed, “food heals”.


55 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 18, 2013 at 6:42 PM

We watched the Boston tragedy on tv here and it was so sad to see so many people hurt. I can’t imagine what it would have felt like to have loved ones in the area and not know whether they were ok or not.
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56 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Lorraine — so so sad 🙁


57 ashley - baker by nature April 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Just thinking about the whole Boston incident gives me chills.

On a completely different note: this salad is pure beauty! I love all the bright, fresh ingredients.
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58 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Ashley — thank you my friend!


59 Simply Life April 18, 2013 at 8:02 PM

thanks for sending the love. I feel so proud to call Boston home and am so thankful all my loved ones are safe.
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60 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Gina — you are welcome and I’m so glad y’all are alright. Hugs.


61 Lisa April 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

If salads were models, this one would be a supermodel! It’s almost too gorgeous to eat..but, trust me..I would devour this salad and enjoy every second of it – the contrast of texture and flavors is brilliant!
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62 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Lisa — lol, thanks for such a fun comment!


63 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com April 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

You’re so sweet, Kiran. And, you make even sprouts look so attractive, I want to go to the store and buy some!
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64 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Julia — thank you friend. And don’t get it from the store! Make it, please? 😀


65 cakewhiz April 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM

what happened in boston is just tragic and my heart goes out to all the families who have been affected 🙁

btw, great salad with amazing styling and photographs!


66 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Cakewhiz — thank you friend.


67 Monet April 18, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Your words ring so true. We all need to embrace each other, love each other, and work to make the world a better place. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. And thank you for sharing this recipe. Hugs and love, my friend.
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68 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Monet — Sending you much love and hugs, my friend. And thank you for a very thoughtful comment 🙂


69 Sunnie@moderngirlnutrition April 19, 2013 at 12:07 AM

This is so light and just perfect for the spring! I bet it would be great for a brunch, too.
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70 Kiran April 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Sunnie — Totally!


71 Nusrat Azim April 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Love, love, love, absolutely love your photography 🙂


72 Kiran April 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Nusrat — thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 🙂


73 Carolyn Chan April 23, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Awful awful awful situation – glad to hear your friends are ok.
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74 Kiran April 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Carolyn — thanks my friend.


75 Sia | Monsoon Spice April 23, 2013 at 6:35 AM

Kiran, it was surprisingly hot day yesterday. I had sprouted mung beans for hot bowl of kichidi but decided to make cold salad instead. Followed your recipe with few minor changes (substituted radish with cucumber and walnut oil with couple of tbsp of coconut oil) and enjoyed this refreshing salad thoroughly. Thank you!
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76 Kiran April 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Sia — thank you for making this into a salad that you enjoyed! I love the idea of coconut oil here 🙂


77 Sam April 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Beautiful pics, just beautiful.


78 Kiran June 14, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Sam — thank you, friend 🙂


79 Nandita May 3, 2013 at 3:38 AM

Beautiful salsas. Just loved the first photograph. It is so vibrant 🙂


80 Kiran June 14, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Nandita — thanks, but these aren’t salsa’s. just a salad 🙂


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