Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ah, Salads

I hate to burst anyone's expectations/stereotypes, but this vegan doesn't usually eat a ton of salad. Sure, I crave salads during the summer, but usually it's the dressing that motivates me to eat lettuce (other raw veggies are more enticing). But since starting this local challenge, I've been eating salads every day.
My garden is bursting with lettuce (butter leaf, romaine, and mesclun mix) and we've got local spinach at the co-op, so I've got to take advantage of it. Plus, the radishes and strawberries are plentiful and both are great on a big salad. This salad has a mix of my garden's lettuces, barbecue seitan (recipe to be used in my "Vegetarian Trinity: Tofu, Tempeh, and Seitan" class next week), cucumber, radish, and chive flowers. The dressing is ranch made with homemade soy yogurt.

While this salad (and all the others) have been amazingly delicious and fresh, I really want more than lettuce, radishes, cucumber, and beets on my vegetable plate. So I was thrilled to find these babies ready in the garden today:

While these are the lone snap peas large enough to pick, there are more on the vine that are a promise of vegetable diversity to come. I'll enjoy these in my lunch tomorrow!

*Sorry for the lack of posting lately- my blogging is divided amongst three sites right now. As soon as we "go live" with the co-op's Eat Local blog, I'll post a link for you to enjoy my and my co-workers' fun with local eating. The Eat Local America blog is here.


Alice (in Veganland) said...

I'm also not a big lettuce fan, but... sometimes it's necessary! :-)

Erin said...

That salad looks mighty good to me! The flower is a very nice touch.