Do sprouts belong in a salad?
Last night our dinner conversation quickly devolved into a discussion of whether sprouts were a low-class vegetable or a high-class vegetable. Did they, in other words, belong in the rather pricey salad I had brought home for dinner?
The general consensus was not.
I myself usually avoid sprouts without thinking about them except in powerhouse sandwiches, where they not only belong but really bring something to the table. But in a salad...
If you dwell on them you realize they are a little like having a hair in your throat.
I know that alfalfa sprouts, which were the ones on our salad, are packed with nutrition:They are low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol, and high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, protein, vitamin A, thiamin, pantothenic acid, calcium and iron.
But they don't have any redeeming virtues, the way -- say -- a mango, which is very healthful, does. A mango is a food of the gods, while sprouts...I defy anyone to make a case for alfalfa sprouts other than that they are good for you.