PASSIVE salad 

How do you make a salad from perennial vegetables? How do they pair? Is there a best way to slice them? My friend and client Elora lately posted a short video showing how she makes salad from her PASSIVE garden.

Harvesting from a Perennial Garden (~2 minute watch)

What are your favorite perennial salad pairings?

If you’re new to this blog, you might like to read the post about Elora’s garden establishment here For example:

She has posted about the garden before on her blog, The Blonde Butter Maker, and tells me she plans on making a lot more content on how passive agriculture fits into her and her family’s day to day life. I started design in their yard about three years ago, and am so pleased they are seeing such excellent results.

Here is the recipe Elora uses in the video:

Salad burnett -a loose handful

French sorrel – 3 to 5 leaves

Scorzonera -10 leaves

Welsh onion -5 of the green tops picked off, or 1 onion removed from the base up.

Chocolate mint -2 sprigs

Stritello -loose handful

Some mache stems and leaves -as much as a handful.

Violet flowers for garnish -as many as 30 flowers per salad

The scorzonera, sorrel, and onion greens should be chopped -preferably into thin strips cut lengthwise. Mix this with the stritello and salad burnett and mache. The chocolate mint can then be chopped fine and evenly dispersed over the top with violet flowers for garnish. A light vinaigrette would compliment this best.

Tasty Food Photography eBook

The above advertisement is for an ebook I personally own and use.

If you would like to learn the real details of taking good food pictures from Lindsay Ostrom over at Pinch of Yum, click to check it out. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

6 thoughts on “PASSIVE salad ”

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed this. This spring I developed a passion for scorzonera leaves and used them a lot in salad, as well as linden leaves, sorrel, Welsh and walking onions, and the usual annual culprits. As the weather gets hot, though, I realize that I have far too many perennial onions and big patches of them need to go. I planted more scorzonera, and need more perpetual sorrel, since the regular kind can’t be stopped from going to seed when the temp goes up.
    I’m thinking of importing some of the salad mints from Richters, and I love orange balsam thyme leaves sprinkled over salads, and sometimes lemon thyme, especially if the dressing includes lemon juice.
    I wish that there were a perennial with leaves as tender and sweet as spring lettuce. Any suggestions?

    Like

    1. Too many perennial onions?! What a wonderful conundrum. I think the only thing that might be lacking in such an Eden is Mache. I wonder how it would fare in your dry winters, but I consider it the best lettuce replacement. It isn’t perennial of course, but comes up so dependably it could easily be called a perennial. It is quite tender -even the stems as it begins to bloom. Have you grown it before?

      Like

  2. I giggled at your remark about Eden. Just last week a distant neighbor stopped by as I was working in the front yard to comment “your garden is really springing up all over the place.” I agreed with pleasure that it was, and she said disapprovingly “so you had better start trimming things back.” It’s a disadvantage of suburban gardening.
    About mache, I realize that I have only tried to grow it once and not successfully, because our very dry winter winds desiccated it. Now that I use agricultural cloth covers during the winter, I would probably have much better luck with it, so I will try again. Thanks for the suggestion, as always.

    Like

    1. That’s very funny. It’s strange how some people have some sort of fear of overgrown plants -as though the plants will eat them. Actually intend to post about that in the near future. perhaps the overgrown plants will provide enough protection you won’t need agricultural cloth in the future -at least for mache. I’m quite sure you’ll love it.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s