Tuesday, April 26, 2011

First Salad From the Garden & Home Made Dressing

I was able to pick lettuce tonight for our dinner salad. This is the first lettuce of the year. What a treat.



You can see I had more than enough for a large salad. It is so rewarding to pick your veggies from your own yard. I don't have any ripe tomatoes yet though and the cucumbers are still just small vines. Soon though, the whole salad will be from the garden.

I almost always make my own dressing. Really a vinaigrette. I like to control the sodium and other ingredients. It is so simple and even my kids prefer homemade to bottled.

I don't measure. It is just splashes and dashes of olive oil, some type of vinegar like red wine, rice wine or apple cider, sea salt, Mrs. Dash and Italian seasonings.


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27 comments:

Cindy said...

That salad looks so good. Probably on of my favorite things to eat. And it's even better to be able to pick it fresh from the garden.

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Just seeing that beautiful salad make my mouth water. For some reason the soil where I live is not good for growing lettuce. ;-(

Terry said...

Fresh lettuce from the garden is heaven..your salad looks so yummy!

zaza said...

So jeolous! I have a few months before we can pick veggies for salad. Lookin yummy!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I need to learn how to grow my own food. *or at least learn to can* With hyperinflation on the horizon, I need some skills!

The tomato salad tongs are so cute!

Deneen said...

I love fresh greens from the garden and the vinaigrette is yummy!
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Darla said...

Oh yes, I have a large container on the upper back deck with two types of leaf lettuce...yummy!

Mrs.B said...

Looks great. We're trying to grow lettuce too!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your lettuce looks beautiful! Yep, nothing better than picking your own produce-enjoy:@)

Linda said...

Very nice! We have lettuce too...and I was able to add some peas and radishes to the salad as well...our cucumbers are small vines as well, but we have two teeny tiny tomatoes on the vine! I love your salad set...the tomato handles are wonderful!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Mmmm... your salad looks delicious! We had fresh lettuce from the garden over the weekend too, and it was so good.
last night for supper, I made a salad with homegrown lettuce, and then added carrots, and red onion from the store that needed to be eaten.. with a little raspberry vinaigrette... I forgot to add the eggs!
Like you-- my tomatoes aren't ready.
Great pictures, Pat

Athena said...

The lettuce looks beautiful--the blue bowl really sets off the green of the lettuce leaves!

Athena at Minerva's Garden
http://www.minervasgarden.com

Kathy said...

BEAUTIFUL salad! Love fresh grown vegetables! Love your splash and dash dressing - perfect for a spring lunch!
Thank you for sharing this with A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

Regina said...

hi
your salad looks delicious!!! homegrown salad is much better as from the store.
have a nice day,
regina

perennialgardener said...

Yum! Nothing like picking your own lettuce from your garden. :)

shopannies said...

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Zoey said...

Yum! You are already eating salad from your garden and my snow is not yet totally melted!

allysgrandma said...

Looks like you don't have any problems with snails! It looks lovely and I hope mine does too at some point!

Jean said...

Fresh lettuce sounds wonderful and it's so pretty when it's growing! Welcome to Bloomin' Tuesday! Jean

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh yum. There's nothing like the taste of fresh lettuce from the garden. Yours looks wonderful. Great salad. Thanks for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

It doesn't get any better or fresher than this! Your salad looks absolutely delicious!

Love your blog!

XO,
Jane

Willow said...

I envy you with your garden fresh salad. It looks yummy.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Looks sooooo good...can't wait till Mr.CC's veggies are ready...love fresh veggies!!

Blessings,
Linda

Melynda said...

Your lettuce plants make a great border plant. Such a good idea.

W. Latane Barton said...

yum... no garden grown salad at my house yet.... but soon.

Beth said...

Yummy - can I come over for lunch? The veggie beds look super!

Jami said...

Wow, that's my kind os salad! Thanks for sharing...
Jami
An Oregon Cottage

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