Monday, March 21, 2011

California Garden: Rain + Sun = Lettuce, Lettuce, Lettuce

After a triple wash and a quick spin, lettuce is ready for creative toppings.
A garden planted with lettuces starts kicking into over drive as spring comes in like a lion and turns into a lamb.  The weather is still cool to keep the lettuce from bolting, winter rain (supplemented with occasional hand watering) provide the moisture needed and the increased sunlight hours create a gardening trifecta.

With the increased production, you might tire of salad at every meal.  You can beat the salad blahs with some simple ingredients.  Toss them in and you've got a new creation making each salad a unique taste sensation.

California Salad
Romaine Lettuce
Crispy Bacon Crumbles
Avocado Slices
Sourdough Bread Croutons
Tarragon Vinaigrette Dressing

Dried Cranberry Salad
Mixed Salad Greens
Dried Cranberries
Toasted Walnuts
Bleu Cheese Crumbles
Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Southwest Salad
Romaine Lettuce
Black Beans
Corn Kerrnal
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Crumbled Tortilla Chips
Ranch Dressing

Greek Salad
Romaine Lettuce
Black Olives
Diced Hot House Cucumbers
Diced Tomatoes
Feta Cheese Crumbles

Arugula Salad
Arugula Leaves
Candied Walnuts
Sliced Ripe Pears
Bleu Cheese Crumbles
Vinaigrette Dressing

Spring Strawberry Salad
Mixed Greens
Strawberries
Toasted Almond Slivers
Goat Cheese
Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 comments:

Alexis E. said...

I LOVE your salad ideas and have printed this blog post to put on the fridge. Another great thing about extra lettuce is the chickens don't seem to tire of it in our household. They just got our farmer's market leftovers.

earlysnowdrop said...

Glad you found a way to reuse the farmer's market leftovers.

And Glad you like the salad suggestions.

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