Salad Days

I love salads. Any kind. OK, I'm not wild about pasta salads... but that's another blog altogether...  So this year, I decided to experiment with a salad bed in the yard.  One package of arugula seeds and one package of mixed-greens seeds. Total cost:  under $5.  I don't know how it is where you live, but here in the NYC area, $5 is barely 2 to 3 salads' worth of greens. So... easy to plant, and within a week... yes, I'm serious... there were little tiny leaves coming up.  Now look at it...


...and we've been having really tasty salads for weeks. (This picture is from a month ago... before it got so hot that the arugula bolted!)  With greens this delicate and tender, I'd suggest a simple classic vinaigrette:  good olive oil, white wine vinegar or lemon juice, salt and pepper and, if it appeals to you, a small addition of either mustard or finely minced shallots. And a little tip... add salt to vinegar before you add the oil... it dissolves better.

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