SHARE YOUR FAVORITE SALAD GREEN and win a copy of my book, The Complete Kitchen Garden.
Truth be told, I’d be hard pressed to tell you my favorite salad green. I love mustards and cress, endive and radicchio, butterhead lettuce and smooth leaved spinach, edible flowers and herbs. Some years, I plant nothing but salad greens in the garden because they are quick growing, nutritious and a beautiful summer salad is really all I need to be really happy.
Each year, I order seeds and plants from a few different catalogs, and this year my largest order went to Wild Garden Seed, who captured my heart with their Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled cress and Philosopher’s Lettuce mix. “A strictly Romaine melange of perfect forms, pointy headed off-beats, serious Reds, and wannabe flash,” writes owner Frank Morton.
This catalog has everything for the salad lover, from Alexanders ( “a biennial relative of celery and angelica:) to Strawberry Spinach (“Chenopodium capitatum also called “strawberry blite” or “beetberry”). I simply can’t get enough of these hard to find, and savory salad greens.
It’s pretty easy to be in that glass-half-full kind of mood, now that the days are longer, and the tender green shoots of lettuce and mesclun planted a few days ago are starting to emerge. But it’s unfortunate that my obsession with all things salad, also coincides with two rabbits who recently visited my garden and nibbled the pansy blossoms down to the stem. We’ll just have to wait and see how that goes.
If you crave salad greens as much as I do, please tell me about your favorite. Try to describe the flavor, where you first discovered it, or even share a nice dressing that you like to use. I’ll enter your name into a drawing to win a free autographed copy of my book, The Complete Kitchen Garden. Drawing will be on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th 2014. Leave a comment, or send me an e-mail.
If you are just getting ready to plant your salad garden, check out my salad lovers design, excerpted from the book.