When some of us think of salads, the first thing that comes to mind is a big bowl of lettuce with dressing on top.
But when you’re growing your own vegetables, it doesn’t have to be that way. As a matter of fact, when the hot summer weather comes around, your lettuce will probably be ready to retire. That’s when you can branch out a little and try a salad without lettuce.
In order of earliest to latest in the growing season, here are three family favorites:
- Easy Radish Salad
There simply isn’t a better way to eat radishes. This recipe may give you an incentive to grow a few more next year!
- Kohlrabi Slaw
Kohlrabi is much easier to grow than cabbage. To prepare these green orbs for dinner, twist off the leaves and cut off the roots. Then use a knife to peel away the tough outer skin. Shred in a food processor and substitute for cabbage in your favorite coleslaw recipe. It’s that simple!
- Cucumber Salad
Slice up those homegrown cukes and onions, and add some freshly diced tomato if you have some. Toss with cider vinegar, a little olive oil, and some of your favorite salad dressing for flavor.
None of these ideas are set in stone, of course. Use them as starting points for finding creative ways to use the produce from your garden. Before long, you’ll find your own family favorites to make year after year.