Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Fresh Garden salad

The lettuce, spinach, onions, and radishes are producing well. 

The peas are looking really good this year. 

You might remember back in January, I canned cuties.  If it were January now and they were that cheap, I'd buy cases and can more. 

Because they are excellent in this salad.  Sure you can use mandarins too, but I like getting them out of my own cabinet. 

Here's the recipe oddly enough called:  Lettuce and Mandarin Salad

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
2/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon salt.

Mix in one vintage green ball pint jar! (JK, any will do)

Use garden leaf lettuce, spinach too if you want, we like a variety.
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 red onion chopped (we use green onions out of the garden)
1 can mandarin oranges (drained)

*Note the dressing makes enough for 3 or 4 salads.

Well for dinner we had the above salad and really fresh wild turkey!  The blacksmith deboned it and cut it into strips.  We marinate it an hour or two in Italian salad dressing and cider vinegar.  Shortly before deep frying it, drain it well, then salt and pepper it. Flour it, let it set about 10 minutes, add more flour at the end if it's all soaked up. Deep fry and yum, yum!

P.S. Now that the DIL gave me a quick lesson on my new camera, maybe my next pictures won't be grainy!


Kim said...

Your garden looks wonderful. I have a small garden that contains all of the same things except spinach. For some reason the seeds didn't germinate :(.
The salad looks delish. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Canning cuties ... what an interesting idea. I'll have to go check out how you did that.

Doreen said...

I am definitely hungry now! That salad looks awesome!! The turkeys are everywhere right now and so are the hunters! We don't hunt them and they must know it since they fearlessly make paths through our back yard!!!! The pictures look quite good, actually! Thanks for the recipe...a must try! Hugs, Doreen

Flat Creek Farm said...

I'm loving the fresh lettuce etc from the garden.. but dang.. no canned cuties for me!! Or peas - not sure why they didn't come up. Delish-sounding salad and dressing. I love that last pic.. Bentley is supervising! -Tammy

Down On The Farm said...

Your garden looks amazing. We are way behind. Just got most of ours planted Monday night. Not much tastes as good as a garden fresh salad :0! Enjoy!!!!!

Zoey said...

Now that's a fresh bird! I have not eaten a fresh bird like that since 1975.

The salad looks great. I bet your canned Cuties are way better than the mandarin oranges I would have to use.

I just got in from planting the rain lilies. I can't wait to see them bloom!

Lise said...

The garden looks wonderful! I can't wait to try fresh turkey; Johny plans on hunting one for us one of these days!

Annie said...

Your garden looks great! Ours isn't doing as well as usual this year, but we are eating lettuce, radishes, strawberries right now. Our peas are piddling. :(

Nezzy said...

Cannin' Cuties...great idea!!!

I bet they are awesome in a salad for sure, yours looks delicious girl.

Your garden looks wonderful. We've had so many hard freezes in this frost holler, mine would of been dead. Heck, my crepe myrtles and Bradford Pear look pretty sad.

God bless ya sweetie and have a fantastic weekend!!! :o)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi again, OK, now I need your "canned cuties" recipe! We love cuties!!! I'm looking to expand my canning repertoire! I've only been canning for 3 years and it seems I only can in the late summer or early fall.

Your garden looks fantastic! I had to cover my small garden up last night - we had a hard frost in New England! The weather has been insane.

I love the photo of your dog sitting there watching your husband work on the turkey!

Hmm, I could use some of that soup today! LOL!!! It's a little nippy in New England today!

GerryART said...

Seems our weather has been pretty decent for your garden to have grown so nicely.

Tipper said...

Yum on the salad and the turkey : )