This week our lettuce, mixed greens, and baby spinach were ready for harvest. I cut the lettuce with scissors, versus pulling the plant out of the ground to allow for re-growth later in the season. I gathered a basket full of the greens to be brought inside and washed for a salad.
Cleaning the greens. Fill a clean sink with cold water and let the greens soak. Place the greens into a colander and drain the water from the sink. Repeat washing 2-3 times to allow for all the dirt to be removed. Place the greens in a lettuce spinner to remove excess water. Make salad, or place greens in a large zip-lock bag and place into the refrigerator until ready to use.
My first recipe posted is a Pear-Walnut-Gorgonzola Salad with Honey-Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette. This is one of my all time favorite salads I enjoy in the summer and fall. The honey used in the dressing is from Danville, IN.
I get inspiration for my recipes from traveling, exploring farmers markets & grocery stores, dining at new restaurants, and even sometimes in dreams. I enjoy creating my own spin on traditional dishes as well as pairing new flavors together.
- *6-8oz Mixed greens-lettuce-baby spinach
- 1 pear-julienne sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
- 2 oz Crumbled Gorgonzola
Honey-Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette:
- 1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 TBSP Honey
- 2 tsp minced shallot
- 3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Pinch of salt
- Few grinds of fresh pepper
Heat a dry pan on medium and add the walnuts to toast. Stir often, and keep your eye on these, they will toast quickly (about 4-5 min). Remove the walnuts from the heat once the walnuts are a light golden brown. Pour walnuts on a cutting board to cool.
Mix all the vinaigrette ingredients except olive oil together in a glass jar. Slowly add the olive oil while whisking, this will immerse the ingredients together. Dress salad or place a lid on the jar, shake to mix all ingredients before dressing the salad.
Wash the pear, and slice into thin julienne strips.
Crumble the Gorgonzola cheese. You can always buy pre-crumbled cheese, however, I prefer a solid piece for flavor and moisture quality.
Toss the mixed greens with half the dressing. Add the additional desired amount of dressing to the salad and toss again. Top with pear, walnuts, and crumbled Gorgonzola and enjoy!
*items from Midwest Vegetarian Garden