3 Tasty Salads…Without Lettuce!

3 Tasty Salads...Without Lettuce!
3 Tasty Salads...Without Lettuce!

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:

3 Tasty Salads...Without Lettuce!
Kohlrabi
  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

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Motivated by her experience growing up on a small farm near Wichita, Kansas, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to supply Kansas country living enthusiasts with the innovative resources that they need to succeed and has now been keeping families informed and inspired for over five years. Michelle is the author of two country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching, writing, or living out the country dream.