big salad

The big salad may not be in vogue the way it once was, but it is a mainstay of my favorite things to eat.

big salad

Recently I happened to have just the right combination of things on hand to make a truly excellent salad:

  • baby spinach leaves
  • hearts of romaine
  • 1 sliced and chopped Fuji apple
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • sprinkle of sesame seeds
  • 1 small avocado
  • some chopped sliced oven-browned turkey lunch meat

big salad

This combination is so excellent! I could eat this every week, if not more often. It’s got such a good combination of tasty items that it doesn’t even need dressing.

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Salad as a Meal

Salad as a Meal You don’t win friends with salad, but with this book you might find that you have some satisfying options for using up all the lettuce growing in your garden. There are a lot of salads here that will satisfy meat-eaters, but there are a number of vegetarian options, too, and best of all most of the recipes include just a handful of ingredients, so they’re realistic as well as mouth-watering. My post over at CPL has more.

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invented a new salad

I’m a big fan of salads, and I’ve been trying to think of new (at least to me) combinations of things to put them. This one was really dictated mostly by the fact that I had a cucumber that needed to be used, but it turned out well.

cucumber, brie, and fake chicken salad

This is just cucumber, pieces of brie, and faux chik’n strips tossed in a little balsamic vinegar. The brie is really tasty with the cucumber, the chik’n brings some savory-ness, and the balsamic balances the sweet of the cukes and cheese. I’d make it again.

cucumber, brie, and fake chicken salad

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let’s go swimming, let’s go swimming

That’s what these two eensy-beensy bugs were doing this afternoon in one of the Ivory Peach Bellflower blooms in the front garden:

Ivory Peach Bellflower

They looked like miniature ladybugs – maybe just a very tiny species? We have had several thunderstorms today, and this was between the first and second. These Bellflower plants are really looking great! I had no idea they’d turn out to be quite so tall, but I really dig the look:

Ivory Peach Bellflower

Ivory Peach Bellflower

I’ve also got yet another pair of plants that I know I planted, but can’t remember what they are:

Unidentified plant

And a close-up:

Unidentified plant

It looks vaguely herb-esque, but I’m not sure.

Back in the veg garden, the Golden Sweet Snow Peas are blossoming:

Golden Sweet Snow Peas

Golden Sweet Snow Peas

Golden Sweet Snow Peas

I know I’ve had the lilac/purple blossoms before, but I don’t remember them being such a bright pink. I guess I got a slightly different variety this time? Regardless, they’re stunning.

I’ve also got Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli:

Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli

And some Iceberg Lettuce:

Iceberg Lettuce

And Bloomsdale Long-standing Spinach:

Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach

And here you can see Willow hanging out by the Rocky Top Lettuce Mix:

21/52: Willow in the veg garden

Rocky Top Lettuce Mix

Susan and her hub were visiting on their way out of MI last night so we made dinner (!). Mostly K grilled stuff but we also made a delicious salad from some of this lettuce, some fresh mozzarella from the Canton Farmers Market, and a delicious homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette S’s hub whipped up.

Rocky Top Lettuce Mix salad

Rocky Top Lettuce Mix salad

(These photos are obviously pre-dressing and accoutrements, but they’re pretty.)

More pics on Flickr.

Bonus points to those who recognize the song quoted in the title.

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