Monday, May 25, 2015

From Garden to Salad Bowl



One of the lettuce blends we planted has been growing profusely.  I wanted to have a nice big fresh salad today for Memorial Day, so waited to harvest until this afternoon.


There was plenty for a nice tossed salad to accompany our barbecue chicken.

I added some of my favorite ingredients; dried cranberries, sliced almonds, red onion and cherry tomatoes.  


Hubby and I enjoyed the fresh salad very much.  Dear son...not as much.

:-)

This is the Mesclun blend.  The broad leaf, which I believe is spinach, kind of crowded out the other lettuce in the blend.  Next time, I'll harvest it a little soon.

Trial and error.


I'm in the process of hardening off my tiny tomato plants.  More on that another time.

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday!

Heather


18 comments:

  1. Looks like a very good harvest of lettuces to me. I'm fighting with the ants that keep wanting to eat all of mine. So far the ones in the greenhouse are okay. Not so good in the garden bed though. Enjoy!!!

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    1. I hope you win out over the ants Kar. Have a great week! Heather

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  2. There is nothing like the taste of the first crop, I have still got a week or two to wait.

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    1. Wishing you lots of sunshine for your garden. Thank you for your comment. Heather

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  3. I haven't had a vegie garden for years but am thinking of adding vegies here and there amongst my flowers. Don't need another garden to weed, lol...

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  4. I love adding cranberries and toasted almonds to a salad like this! Looks so good! Hugs!

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  5. Good job!! I am eager to harvest something from my garden boxes this year!

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  6. Oh I love fresh FRESH salad. Yours sounds especially delicious. I didn't plant any lettuce this year. Hubby had diverticulitis so he can't eat it. Trying to be supportive of his needs... I only get salad when we eat out. :(((

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  7. What a perfect salad and how wonderful to have fresh greens. There is a health food store near me where I can buy organic greens at a not too bad a price. Always delicious!

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  8. Ahhh...fresh spinach from the garden. It's even more beautiful and delicious when you've grown it yourself. :^)

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  9. It looks like the perfect salad. Nothing quite like fresh lettuce out of the garden.

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  10. Mmmm.... yum! What a blessing to be able to enjoy fresh produce straight from your garden :) Thanks for joining Roses of Inspiration, sweet friend. Hugs!

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  11. It's lovely being able to pick and eat your own produce it looks yummy. :) xx

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  12. Oh, I'll bet it was delicous! So satisfying to harvest your own salad! Lovely. xo Karen

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  13. Hello Heather, Your salad looks yummy...and isn't it wonderful to be able to grow your own food? I can hardly wait every spring to start eating our own variety of greens in a salad! We've been enjoying our own for about a month now. My husband does a mini high tunnel over a raised bed and starts everything early so we can start eating the fresh lettuces and such early. Our radishes are ready for enjoyment now! Hope your Memorial Day was a nice one! Dianna

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  14. It is truly rewarding when one can plant, nourish, and harvest their own veggies and fruit, and your salad greens, (and soon to be tomatoes), look fresh and fabulous, and I'm sure taste delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy weekend!

    Poppy

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  15. Oh, lovely! Your greens look like they are growing nicely. I stopped buying store bought dressings. The only thing I use now is olive oil and either lemon juice or balsamic or even just plain white vinegar. Of course, my 16 year old hates balsamic so always complains if I use it. I've never heard of hardening off a tomato plant. Do tell! :)

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