The winter lettuce garden is doing well. I love the planter on wheels that I can move from a hard rain or freezing temperatures.
I had my first picking just the other day. The small lettuce bed will provide a daily side salad for lunch.
It is picking time! I harvest first thing in the morning, as the weather is heating up and the lettuce gets wilted in the afternoon.
The first picking produced enough salad greens to make dinner. I carefully cut the oldest leaves and let the others mature for the next meal. Below is a great recipe that is naturally gluten free and tasty for everyone.
Homemade Gazpacho Dressing
3 Tablespoons tomato juice I buy a six pack of small cans of tomato juice and will have it on hand for future salads.
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 garlic clove minced
Combine ingredients and stir well.
6 cups of salad green – Homegrown is best! And store bought is good too. Also, the salad ingredients can be halved for a smaller salad.
2 diced tomatoes
1 diced cucumber
1/3 cup of feta cheese
1/2 orange bell pepper diced (or what ever color you like)
1 small bunch of green onions chopped
1 (16 ounce) can of cannellini beans rinsed or any white bean
Toss ingredients into a salad.
I like to serve the dressing on the side, as I usually don’t finish the salad at one meal. The dressing is strong and only a small amount is needed per serving. It is great for any salad.
*Check out my blog category “Gluten Free” for more easy GF recipes with everyday ingredients.
Adapted from Cooking Light
I had to give up my vegetable garden years ago, as the only ones enjoying it were the animals that came into the yard day and night.
I miss fresh lettuce and I’m determined to grow some.
The first step was to elevate the lettuce to keep the rabbits out. A tall planter was purchased.
Next, squirrels had to be thwarted from digging by covering the plants with picnic tents.
The tents keep lizards out too.
Finally, the tents had to be tied down so they wouldn’t blow off.
Yes, I shall have lettuce!