April will always remind me of my Grandma. Her birthday would be this month. She was an avid gardener and practiced edible landscaping before it became popular. But, she was not a fan of salads, and referred to them as “rabbit food.” I love salads, so I dedicate this month’s recipes to my Grandma the gardener and salad avoider.
While my efforts to get my kids to eat more vegetables consumes my research time and experimentation, it is easy for me to share these salad recipes. Salads are like treats to myself. Before we began our “eat more vegetables” quest, I was the only one who ate salads. Now, my husband does to set a good example, and even enjoys them (some more than others). You can expect a new salad recipe every Monday.
Garden Green Salad
– 4-6 leaves of Romaine Lettuce (about half a head)
– 2 Stalks Celery
– 1/2 Cup Peas
– 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley (Italian shown in the picture)
Italian Herb Dressing
– 1 Table Spoon Olive Oil
– 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
– 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
– 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (or just add to taste)
First, wash produce. Chop or Dice up Lettuce, Celery and Parsley to desired size (I usually like to dice up the Celery) and place in a bowl. Either add the fresh Peas, or thaw some frozen Peas by steaming for only 2-3 minutes in a sauce pan, then rinse with cool water before adding to the salad (this avoids wilting the lettuce). Now, you’re ready to make the dressing.
Dressing: Mix Olive Oil and Salt together, then add the dried herbs. I usually like to grind the Thyme and Oregano first, but you can add them directly to the Olive Oil. Mix well and drizzle onto the salad.
Yield: This recipe makes 2 large plate fulls, or 4 small dinner salads.
Additions: You could add some Parmesan or Romano cheese to the salad, or any other that would compliment the Italian flavor of the herbs. To create more of a meal, I’d also recommend adding some meat like Beef or Poultry.
Let me know if you discover any other delightful additions!
p.s. Shared this recipe on The Healthy Home Economist’s Monday Mania Recipe/Resource Roundup.