now THAT’s a garden salad!

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did you know that Rutabaga leaves are edible?  I looked it up!
https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/growing-rutabaga-greens

If you remember… i had a big waxed Rutabaga on my counter a couple of months ago, and cut off the ends that were sprouting.. put them in water for a couple weeks.. then planted.

Pics from the last couple months :

 

They have TAKEN off in the garden!!  The root isn’t growing yet, but i have enough leaves for a few salads!

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The blogs I read said to take off no more than 3 leaves per plant.. I have 4 plantings, so this wasn’t a problem for tonight’s salad.

My sister and I had this interesting conversation about chlorophyl this weekend (found in our leafy greens and GREEN vegetables!) .. how important it is in our diet…  it makes us “less stinky”.  LOL!  There’s LOTS more great benefits… if you’re interested read HERE.
Just a few like:  skin healer, blood booster, cancer prevention, weight loss, natural deoderant, detoxification…  LOTSA great benefits!    

did you know that Radish greens are edible?

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Yup, they are too! Suggested to use for Pesto, not in salads because of their rough texture, unless you are using the very baby greens that are still tender.   I’m gonna bookmark THIS POST.. to make Radish greens pesto next time I harvest.. cause i think they might not be a proven winner in the salad bowl.

Last week I found a salad spinner on sale at my grocery store.  I’ve always wanted one, and with all the greens we’re growing in “Bill & Amy’s garden” I thought it was time.  Shhhh.. Guillermo doesn’t know yet.  Every time I bring home a new kitchen gadget he sighs… “where are you going to put THAT?” (cause even though we purged in a HUGE way 2 yrs ago when we demo’d our house for the renovation/demo and I have 3 times the cabinets.. somehow they’re all pretty full (but ORGANIZED!)   I’m pretty sure he’ll love it though, will have fun playing with it himself, AND I did have room, and still actually have a couple of empty cupboards… so.. until he reads this post… shhhh.. our secret.

So I wandered outside after work this morning (I’m working 7-10ish hours a week now during Covid.. the future is still unknown) with my salad bowl and started by picking the Rutabaga leaves, some mint and 2 kinds of basil and brought that inside to wash, spin and cut up.  the Rutabaga has a really lovely texture and a slight peppery taste… kinda like arugula. These I rolled in bunches, and then chopped all pretty fine.

Then I thought… what else do I have out there?  Another wander out, and I realized both my “salad bowl” lettuce and Romaine (from “Andy boy” lettuce roots, started in March in the kitchen window) were both ready for a bit of harvest.. and so were the radishes.

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I washed up everything really well, spun some more, and cut it all up, even the radish greens (super fine) and put them in the bowl.

I added in some cucumber & blueberries from the fridge (can’t wait til my cukes produce!) and roasted sweet potato before I dressed the salad.

I am SO looking forward to making lots of fresh salads out of our garden over the next few months, using the various greens, lettuces and other veg as they grow.  Beans, roasted eggplant, Daikon radish (and their greens!) peppers, zucchini.. mmmm   I think next year we’ll add in a few different potato varieties to the garden as well.

In the meantime we still have more “Andy boy babies and celery babies” starting in the kitchen window that I hope to plant this week to keep the crop going.

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I harvested a bit too much mint for the salad.. but it’s always great as a fresh tea, especially at hand while I’m blogging.

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Bon Appetit!

Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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