Salads and Salad Dressings

We try to use salt as minimally as possible
 but it is essential to good taste.  Restaurants and processed foods have over-salted for decades and raised generations of people too dependent on salt as their seasoning. 


Fresh and dried herbs provide tremendous depth to flavoring and significantly reduce the need for salt.

While we encourage adding salt at the table AFTER tasting, a bit of salt is crucial to perking up the taste of whatever it touches. 


Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette:

1 Large shallot, minced or small bunching onions minced to equal approximately 2 Tablespoons

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1 teaspoon grated Lemon Zest

1 Tablespoon minced fresh Lemon Thyme leaves

ΒΌ teaspoon Dijon Mustard

1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

pinch of Table Salt and

pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Whisk first 6 ingredients together and season lightly with salt and pepper.

Pour over most any type green salad.  We love baby greens fresh from the organic planter beds in the greenhouse.  


Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are always growing in our greenhouse and flower beds.  They are indispensable to jazzing up salads and for garnishing and as replacements for other salad ingredients.

The flowers are edible and whole or separated in to a few petals will add color to a salad to replace tomatoes. The leaves, either green or variegated, are a radish-like flavorful addition to whatever type of greens used as the salad base.  The stems can be snipped like chives to add an onion flavor to dressings or sour cream toppings. The buds can be used as a replacement for capers.

The flowers and leaves vary in taste intensity, but if you like radishes, grow a few Nasturtiums for a myriad of uses.  Even if you do not like radishes, the Nasturtiums themselves are a bright addition to any flower or vegetable patch.  They are drought-tolerant, preferring a dry, well drained location. 

Nasturtiums vary in growth habit from small compact plants to long vines that crawl like morning glories along the ground or up a fence. They look beautiful cascading down a retaining wall.  Bloom color ranges from yellow to red, and can be purchased in mixed packs or as a single color.  They are easy to grow from seeds, which make them a fun addition to a child’s garden patch.