Summer Garden Salad


Salads have become standard in my daily diet as the first crops from my garden ripen and become available.

I have been growing a bounty of spring / early summer salad components, including:

  • Mixed romaine lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Mixed fancy lettuce

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    Garden Greens--Mixed Romaine, Spinach, Fancy Lettuce

  • Arugula
  • Radishes
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Sweet Basil
  • Thai Basil
  • Mint

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    Garden Greens: Peas, Thai Basil, Sweet Basil, Arugula

There’s much more (especially in the herbs department–including parsley and celery greens which are delicious in salads) ripe for the picking, but this salad includes all of the above.

I added strawberries from the local farmer’s market, as the bunnies seem to have been munching on mine as they ripen. 🙁

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Strawberries from the farmer's market

I like to add walnuts (or almond slivers) to my salads to make them more filling.  Some crumbled feta is delicious as well.  Tip: Buy feta in a block, not in the pre-crumbled packages.  You get more for your money if you crumble it yourself.  It’s really not that difficult to do…

The final product (including some carrot shavings that had nothing to do with my garden):
I dressed this salad with a homemade vinaigrette  made from olive oil and balsamic, salt, pepper, oregano and basil.

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Summer Garden Salad


June 13, 2011
Food, Gardening, Recipe


Gardening – Organic and Fresh (my April garden update)


So I started my garden about a month ago.. With 3 (4’x4’x8″) raised cedar garden beds (no leeching of pressure treated wood chemicals into my soil!), some, organic garden soil, organic soil conditioner with a high humus content, and peat moss mixed into some of my existing, very clay-like soil.  I also fixed up my original flower bed that’s about 5’x5′ and have some smaller garden boxes along side my house and deck containing various flowers / plants / edibles.

I’ve only planted a few things so far but I started a lot of seeds indoors and plan to buy a few more plants to round out the gardens.  I still need cucumbers, chili peppers and jalapenos, kale/swiss chard (might be too late though..) and yellow squash. I’ll update every now and then but here’s what I’ve got so far.

I’ve also been gifted two blueberry bushes 🙂 of different varieties for better pollination, and I have a raspberry bush I bought.  As of yet I can’t figure out where to put them.. in the front yard where I have space but hoodlums can steal my berries?? OR in the back yard where I’m pretty much out of sunny spots to plant.. HM!!

Herbs: Thai basil, basil, oregano, dill
Vegetables: zucchini, delicata squash, mixed bell peppers
Fruit: Cherry& heirloom tomatoes
Flowers: Nasturtium, marigold, some unidentified flower from a friend

Planted this season so far:
Vegetables: Sugar snap peas, garden peas, broccoli, spinach, mixed fancy lettuce, radishes
Fruit: strawberries

Returning Perennials:
Herbs: Rosemary, parsley, sage, mint
Flowers: mums, creeping purple flowers, some yellow wild flower

New plants that still need to be put in the ground:
Fruit: raspberries & blueberries (not in the ground yet)
Herbs: basil

April 22, 2011
Gardening, General