Our cherry tomatoes are finally turning red! The other day we made our first salad using them- I have to say, fresh picked cherry tomatoes are oh so delicious and satisfying; I’m already anticipating the next ripe bunch any day now. This salad was thrown together with a mix of our usual produce, offerings from our organic produce box and some wonderful from our garden. Just thought I’d share the idea with you, it’s always nice to have salad inspiration- mmmm vegetables!
ingredients :: red leaf lettuce, raspberries, cherry tomatoes, olives, cheddar cheese, 1 baby ancho, pine nuts, basil, hard boiled egg, mustard seed dressing.
The preparation of this meal is pretty obvious, chop vegetables as necessary and combine. The basil in our garden is now growing well and we have been able to use it a couple times a week with out depleting it completely. One of our plants started off slowly and seemed to be struggling so we repotted it, changed it’s location, and trimmed it down. Now, it’s growing really well. Another basil plant started off full and healthy, once we started to chop stems from it we found it wasn’t growing back; we started to pick just the larger leaves from the top so that new growth could move in and it seems to be working out right. New leaves keep appearing and the plant is now becoming more stable.
Our ancho peppers, also known as poblano peppers, are probably the most impressive peppers growing in the garden right now because they are getting so big. We have three fairly large ones that seem to be taking over the plant and weighing it down. We’re going to pick them to eat tomorrow and hopefully the plants will continue to produce. The one we used for this salad was tiny and fell prematurely- but we decided to use it anyway. Although it was very small it still tasted nice. Anchos are a fairly mild pepper, this one smelled like it might be spicy but didn’t really offer any heat. We just sliced it as a topper for fun.
The cherry tomatoes are doing well, the whole pot of plants is filled with green, orange and red fruits. We only had a handful this time around but it was definitely enough to brighten up this salad. They were near perfect!
We used a red leaf lettuce as the base of our salad, raspberries from our fresh produce delivery last week, and pine nuts.
Green olives are always a nice addition to a salad, I don’t always like to use dressing- if I do, I take it on the side. Olives and fresh herbs usually add enough extra flavor on their own for me. And last, cheddar cheese and a hard boiled egg for some extra protein. We have a little egg slicer which is perfect for slicing uniform rounds for a salad. I also like to quarter them or halve them as well- any way will be good!
The dressing on the side is one we have been preparing an awful lot these days. It originated from our raw kale salad, and now that we’ve made it several times it’s an easy one to whip up and modify quickly. This time we added some crushed red pepper to spice it up.