In case you ever wanted to try fresh lettuce or spinach in your “garden”, remember that the word garden does not necessarily mean “a plot of dirt in the ground”…it can also mean Hanging Baskets – chock full of flavor and fresh ingredients for your kitchen.
One great thing about growing in hanging baskets is those pesky Chipmunks and their friends, the Squirrels, have not figured out how to scale the heights and dig in the baskets. That really makes it easy to grow lettuce, spinach, cilantro, mint, etc. in hanging baskets -knowing that little animal paws have not invaded your growing space.
Thought I’d share a picture of the romaine and red leaf lettuce that is about to be harvested for dinner – it’s almost a shame to cut it and eat it, but I think I can talk myself into doing just that!
And all it needs on top: Carrots, slivered almonds, a few Craisins, some mango chunks just for fun ’cause there are some in the ‘fridge, and a homemade dressing.
Good For You Homemade Salad Dressing
- 1/4 c. olive oil – use the “good stuff” since this is the star of your salad toppings
- 2 Tbls. champagne or white wine vinegar
- Splash of white wine if you are so inclined
- little salt
- little pepper
- lemon zest
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp. spicy mustard
- sprinkle of Italian herb seasoning
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl (EXCEPT the olive oil) and stir with a wisk. As you continue to wisk, slowly pour in the olive oil and wisk until it is well blended. Taste and adjust the flavors to your taste buds.
Wow, and you can pronounce all of the ingredients…why buy bottled dressing, right? This is the kind of “science project” that is fun to make, good for you, and you don’t have to worry about whether or not the ingredients are All Natural 🙂