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Ultimate Guide to Microgreens: Recipes for Appetizers, Mains, and Desserts

### Elevate Your Next Meal with These Microgreens Delights

**Start Your Meal with a Flavorful Twist: Microgreens Pesto Crostini**

Imagine starting your dinner with a bite that bursts with fresh, vibrant flavors. This appetizer does just that, featuring a unique twist on traditional pesto. Here’s how to make it:

– **Ingredients:**
– A French baguette, cut into rounds
– 1 cup each of radish and basil microgreens
– 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
– 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
– Salt and pepper, adjusted to your taste

– **Instructions:**
1. Kick things off by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. Lay the baguette slices on a baking sheet, toasting them until they turn a lovely golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
3. In a food processor, pulse the microgreens, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, and olive oil together with a pinch of salt and pepper until you have a smooth pesto.
4. Spread this vibrant green pesto over each slice of toasted baguette.
5. Finish by arranging these gorgeous crostini on a platter, garnishing with extra microgreens for a burst of colour.

**For the Main Course: Seared Scallops with Microgreens Gremolata**

Moving on to the main dish, we have succulent seared scallops accompanied by a refreshing microgreens gremolata, offering a perfect balance of flavors.

– **Ingredients:**
– 12 large sea scallops, dried thoroughly
– 1 cup of your choice of microgreens (like arugula, mustard greens, or pea shoots)
– 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– The zest of one lemon
– 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste

– **Instructions:**
1. Season the scallops well with salt and pepper.
2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over a medium-high flame, then cook the scallops until they’re perfectly golden and tender, about 2-3 minutes per side.
3. Mix the microgreens, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest in a bowl to make the gremolata.
4. Place the scallops on a dish, spooning the gremolata on top, and serve right away for a truly delectable experience.

**End on a Sweet Note: Microgreens Lemon Tart**

For dessert, indulge in a lemon tart that’s been elevated with the addition of microgreens, offering a fresh, zesty finish to your meal.

– **Ingredients:**
– 1 pre-baked tart shell
– 1/2 cup microgreens (lemon basil or lemon balm work wonderfully)
– 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
– The zest of 2 lemons
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 4 large eggs
– 1/2 cup cubed unsalted butter

– **Instructions:**
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. Combine the lemon juice, zest, sugar, eggs, and butter in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, whisking until it thickens like custard.
3. Let it cool slightly before folding in the microgreens.
4. Pour this filling into your tart shell, baking until set and slightly golden on top, about 15-20 minutes.
5. Cool the tart completely, then slice and garnish with additional microgreens for an elegant touch.

Each of these dishes brings something unique to the table, from the zesty bite of the appetizer to the rich, complex flavors of the main course and the sweet, refreshing dessert. Incorporating microgreens not only adds a nutritional boost but also enhances the visual appeal and taste of each dish. So, why wait? Dive into these recipes and let microgreens transform your meals!