Monday, May 7, 2012

Lemony Seedling Salad

We planted some lettuce seeds last month and they are starting to grow! In order for them to grow their best, the seedlings need to be thinned out so there is about 4-6" in between each plant. We worked on the garden last night and figured it was a good time to thin them out.

They need to be pulled out by the root, not just cut off at the base because you are basically killing the plant so the others have more room to grow better and get bigger.

Took a lot of cutting and washing (they had a lot of dirt on them) but I finally got the seedlings ready for my salad (Jasper was determined to get a bite!).

Lemony Seedling Salad

Cut seedlings
1/2 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 large mushrooms, sliced
Small handful walnuts, chopped
1 small scallion (white and green part)
1-2 tablespoons chia seeds*
*I like to add chia seeds to salads for an extra nutritional boost. Yes, it is the same chia seeds that you'll find growing on chia pets! 

Lemon vinaigrette:
Juice of 1/2 lemon freshly squeezed (or 1 whole lemon depending on juiciness)
Large pinch of salt & pepper
Olive oil whisked together with lemon juice and S&P to taste (I like my dressing pretty lemony, so I usually end up with about half lemon juice and half olive oil)

Place seedlings in large bowl and top with remaining ingredients. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.

The salad was yummy and it is always fulfilling to eat something that you grew from a seed! That is truly the only way to know exactly what is in your food. No pesticides here, baby!



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