It’s National Salad Month. Most of use eat asalds b/c they are super healthy for us. But, I’m not going to harp on that. You’ve all heard the health benefits of salad a million times – just eat your greens, ok? You’ll live longer, be smarter, and have perfect pitch (or something like that)!
I’m going to use this soapbox to spend a little time extolling the virtues of gardening, and gardeners i.e. the source of all salads! Specifically, I want you to give some serious thought to GROWING your salad. Gardening is where it’s at – for these 7 excellent reasons:
(1) gardening will open up a community of cool folks to you. For example, many communities have charity plant sales, and see swaps (i.e. Seedy Saturday!) in the spring, where you can meet other gardeners, and get some raw materials on the cheap!
(2) Gardens are great for wildlife and urban biodiversity – the birds and the bees will thank you! (Especially if you lay off the pesticides!)
(3) Gardening is good exercise! You’ll find muscles you didn’t know you had – especially at the back of your thighs, from all the bending down!
(4) Garden fresh produce just tastes better. From ground to plate in 20 minutes? You can’t beat that! (…get it??)
(5) Personal Satisfaction. Caring for a garden, and ultimately enjoying the fruits of your labours, just feels darn good!
(6) You may win a prize!!
(7) Gardens make great subjects for your photographer friends!
Finally, if you’re thinking, “that’s all well and good, but I don’t have a yard” there a lots of great resources on container gardening http://www.journeytoforever.org/garden_con.html . Sure you may not be able to grow a pumpkin, but all the fresh herbs you need, and maybe a tomato or two, don’t take any room at all. This is my little pocket garden at my condo! This year I’ve planted lots of herbs, carrots, two kinds of letuce, cabbage, sunflowers, beans, peas, dill…
Ok – that’s enough of my soap box. Since this *is* a food blog, I thought I would share a simple simple old time (or is that olde timey?) salad recipe that will be great for all of your summer bbq’s. The cucumber’s are refreshing, and you don’t have to worry about the lettuce going all wilty in the heat.
Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad
1 c white vinigar
2/3c white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 large sweet onion
1 med bell pepper
1 med tomato
Chop the veggies – I used a mandoline to get nice even slices. Mix up the remaining ingredients as a dressing, and mix everything together in a bowl. Allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 min. Will store covered for a few days.
Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend everyone!
ps – it’s also National Vanilla Pudding Day!