Good Morning, I thought I would start putting some of my favorite recipes on here that uses some of the goodies we can get from the market this spring and summer. I really enjoy using fresh strawberries together with varieties of lettuce. Believe it or not, lettuce is one of those fresh veggies you can grow at home and it really doesn’t require that much care. Simply find a spot in your garden or even in a pot and plant the seeds according to the directions on the package, water it and then wait until you see little sprouts.
Lettuce, according to the Farmers Almanac, is a half-hardy vegetable that you can keep growing all season long by planting one small crop at a time. Days to maturity tend to be short. Garden lettuce is far superior, in both taste and vitamin A content, to supermarket brands.
There are as many varieties of lettuce as you have fingers if not more but these are the ones used most often in beautiful salads. When I make a salad I like to add just about everything I can think of especially if the salad is the main course.
12 cups romaine, bib, arugula and salad lettuce, diced cucumbers, sliced radishes, red or green grapes cut in half, pecans pieces, chopped celery, tomatoes either cherry, jelly bean or sliced, onion if desired, raisins, apples, strawberries, kiwi, carrots, broccoli florets, cauliflower bits, egg wedges, pea pods. You name it, If you like the vegetable put it in the salad then top with a yummy raspberry poppy seed dressing.
Raspberry poppy seed dressing:
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
In a blender or food processor combine everything except the poppy seeds and blend well. When blended add poppy seeds and serve . I love this dressing and it is quick and easy to make and the taste is AWESOME!
I have a Farmers Market cookbook that I will occasionally send some of those recipes your way. In the meantime, think spring.