Cara’s Early Summer Garden Salad

July 3, 2008 heavenlygardens

Each year I plant many lettuces in the hope that some will actually grow long enough to provide salad before they bolt and spread their seeds. And each Spring, I am delighted when some of those seeds sprout, so that I can once again see how much salad we’ll get before these delicate plants go to seed. This year, we have endive, Romaine lettuce, and red Romaine. Our onion and garlic chives came back strong and we have several other edible plants to add to our salad this summer. Here’s the salad we’re having with our dinner tonight.

Cara’s Early Summer Garden Salad

Red Romaine Lettuce

Dandelion leaves

Garlic chives with the unopened flower heads

Pink Rose petals

Small sprigs of Spearmint

Fresh Oregano (whole leaves)

Fresh Basil (whole leaves)

Pick the salad greens, roses, and herbs shortly before preparing the salad to avoid wilting. Rinse all of the fresh ingredients. Pat or spin them dry. Place them in a large bowl or in small, individual salad dishes. Add the dressing (see below).

Cara’s Vinagrette

Virgen olive oil

Lemon juice to taste

2 or more cloves pressed garlic to taste

Dash pepper to taste

Dash of salt (just enough to add a slightly salty tang) (Optional)

Mix salad dressing ingredients and pour over salad just before serving. Enjoy!

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