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} {Tags: , , , }