Last night as Vince and I were munching on these salads, we were discussing the sorry state of lettuce in stores these days. We can usually get iceberg, red leaf and green leaf but that’s about it. And, it’s often not real fresh and more often lately, it’s quite expensive. But this time of year, I just go out into the back yard and pick a bunch of greens. I grow Mesclun Mix and plant a handful of seeds every four or five days. As it gets hotter, I have to be careful because it will bolt so I pull the leaves quite early. There’s nothing like having fresh lettuce for salads and sandwiches.
I picked a few radishes too but ended up not using them because I remembered I had some fresh strawberries, which I sliced and added to the salad along with some toasted almond slivers.
For the dressing, I used a little garlic, a little olive oil and a bit of cinnamon pear balsamic. That balsamic is good on everything!
The wonderful, fresh taste of a home grown salad is more important to me than the cost but for a $1 packet of seeds, I have enough lettuce to give us a salad every night for a couple of weeks. Try spending $1 for lettuce in the store and have it give you enough for salads every night for 2 weeks! Even if you don’t have a garden spot, it’s pretty easy to grow lettuce in containers.
And the dressing — just a little garlic, a little olive oil and some good quality balsamic. About 1/8 cup is enough for two salads. Compared to the cost of salad dressing in a bottle, this homemade concoction is almost free.