I harvested my first leaf lettuce yesterday and we enjoyed a variety of wonderful greens. I'm ecstatic about vegetable gardening knowing what went on our table was homegrown and fresh, no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers but look at how healthy they are! I grew the lettuce from seeds, it amazes me as a beginner and the taste can't compare from store bought.
We have plenty to last all season, I can keep coming back with this basket for harvest. I look forward to growing other varieties in the future! Lettuce was definitely worth the wait and I have a feeling we'll be eating more salads than before. This is the first time my husband and I had salad straight from the garden! Thanks to Seeds of Change, Renee's Garden, and Botanical Interests for the packet of seeds. Here we have Merlot, Summer Lettuce Bouquet, Red Sails, and Oak Leaf Lettuce. Perfect for Summer since they won't bolt as fast.
Organic Mixed Salad with herbs from my garden topped with Goat cheese and slivered almonds. Hubby said it was the best salad he ever had, awww such a sweet compliment! We eat very well, his tummy is always happy :) The texture of lettuce was both buttery and crispy. Moreover, herbs gave wonderful aroma and flavor. For a quick recipe you can prepare: I combined Red with Green Leaf Lettuce, Cilantro, Parsley, Sweet Basil, Variegated Oregano, and chopped Green Onions. Garnish with almonds and Goat Cheese (substitute whatever cheese you prefer). I also added a dash of salt, fresh ground black pepper, and about 1/4 tsp all natural Frontier™ Salad Sprinkle Seasoning Blend.
I served the salad for two with my homemade dressing. Savory Shallots Garlic Vinaigrette was excellent with a nice balance of flavors. You can adjust the vinegar and oil according to taste. Ingredients were: 1 tbsp chopped Shallots, 2 cloves minced fresh Garlic, 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, about 4 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tbsp Lemon juice, 1/4 tsp dried Parsley, 1/4 tsp onion powder, a dash of salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Combine together well.
Another quick recipe for summer! Add fruit to your water, we're drinking more water and it's a refreshing, natural way to add flavor. For a glass: Slice about 3 Strawberries, 2 Lemons, and add ice. Garnish with Pineapple Mint or English Mint if you have any. You can make a pitcher to last for awhile if you desire. Slice a handful of Strawberries and 1 small lemon, then add a tray of ice and some Mint.
Pineapple Mint from my garden. I recently found out how good this was with water but it's optional if you don't care for it. However, Mint would probably be great with homemade jams, tea, and some desserts. By the way what veggies are growing in your garden? Have a fabulous and relaxing weekend everyone!