Friday, May 25, 2012

First Garden Salad

I made my first salad from the garden lettuce last night. I just needed jumbo shrimp, shallots for the dressing and Champagne vinegar to make a grilled shrimp salad with Champagne vinegrette. There was only regular shrimp, no shallots and no Champagne vinegar so I used regular onion and white wine vinegar. Oh well, it turned out well so here's how I made the dressing:
1/4 C. of white wine vinegar
1/2 C. of olive oil
about 1/4 of an onion finely diced
1 T. dijon mustard
juice of 1 lime
about a T. of honey
a little kosher salt and black pepper
Put it all in a blender and blend about 30-45 seconds
It tastes so much better than it looks~~~
Here is the finished salad- Overload!!!

There is actually a generous amount of lettuce under all this. That's a good thing because the lettuce is growing at an amazing rate. The garden will be 4 weeks old tomorrow and this is the 3rd "harvest". The first two had a poor ending. TIP: Don't wash and spin your lettuce until you are ready to use it. You can put it in the fridge, but once you wash it, use it up. 
This was washed and refrigerated overnight, uncovered. My bad.
******UPDATE 6/11/12
Guess what? You can wash it, dry it however you like, and store it in a plastic bag for days. Who knew? The trick is to cover it. Huh.

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