The beauty of salads is that whether you’re looking for sweet, soft, subtle, or bitter flavors, there are many different tastes and textures which make a tasty meal on their own, or which can provide a wonderful base for a range of interesting ingredients. There are hundreds of different varieties of salad mixes, but the quickest, cheapest, and easiest-to-grow salad leaf is (oddly enough)...pea shoots! Pea shoots are simply the young leaves of a pea plant. Normal garden pea plants take months to grow and require much more space and effort than most people have. But pea shoots take just 2-4 weeks, and with minimal effort you are rewarded with delicate, juicy and tender leaves and tendrils.
Grab a container of choice and some potting soil/compost. You're only after the shoots here so you don't need it to be very deep – I use an inch or two. Now scatter over some dried peas, then lightly cover them with some more compost. Water them gently. Leave them outdoors or on a sunny window sill. Water them whenever the soil looks a bit dry. If the sun is blasting hot move them into a shadier spot so they don't wilt. Once they're an 2-6 inches high you just head outside with your scissors whenever you want a salad and snip off some leaves! They taste best when they're young and crisp. The flavor is delicate and fresh and faintly pea-some. After that the leaves start going a little flimsy.