The Adventure Salad

We’ve nearly come full circle in the garden. I harvested the first of the fall lettuces and mixed greens for a salad for dinner last night. Happily, there were still some of our summer vegetable options available as well.

Why do I call it The Adventure Salad? Well…that is because I found so many different things to put in the salad that it was an adventure with every bite…we didn’t know what flavor would show up next!

(Salad artistry by me, photos by my dear husband.)

The usual suspectsWe have some of our summer suspects – peppers and a few tomatoes that are still struggling on as the weather cools. We also had 2 HUGE radishes that I got from a Master Gardeners. Mmm…crispy radishes!

HerbsSpearmint We have some parsley, cutting celery, and garlic chives here on the left. On the right we have some spearmint. You’re beginning to understand the “adventure” aren’t you?

Random greensHere we have some young, tender Swiss Chard leaves (yes, more Swiss Chard!), some Bull’s Blood beet greens, a few purple Bok Choy leaves, Opal basil, and Lime basil.

Baby lettucesThe young lettuces and greens…I think we’ve got some radish leaves, kale, and various lettuces.

Adding the toppingsWe’ve got all the leafy stuff mixed together. Now to add the toppings.

ToppingsWe added some dried cranberries, some chopped walnuts, and a great balsamic vinegar-olive oil vinaigrette. Dinner time!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on October 1, 2009, in Harvesting & Eating and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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