Home Grown Seasonal Salad with a Mint, Oregano & Lime dressing

Although this is a fairly simple salad in terms of  ingredients, it is pretty much home grown. Potatoes, mustard leaf, spring onions, mint, oregano and chives all came from either the garden or the allotment. Because of this the flavours seem to come alive. The taste of each ingredient is discernible individually but they come together to produce a very well tended plate of food.

Going on a journey and seeing the vegetables grow from a dot in your hand to food you can eat is so rewarding that it  seems to burst with flavour. I did wonder whether sticking to the organic principles would lead to mass destruction of all crops due to pest attacks. But, this has not been the case. All we (me & Mr.Scott) have done is to protect everything with netting, cloches and fleeces.

What inspired me mostly to adhere with the organic way was going to see “Symphony of the Soil“. I was kindly invited  to a screening of this inspiring and educational film by Elisabeth Winkler. The film was written, directed and produced by Deborah Koons Garcia. It emphasises the importance we should be placing on “soil” and how we are treating it, or rather mistreating it in the pursuit of growing bigger and better crops with higher yields.

In a nutshell, it shows that large scale use of pesticides is leeching our soil of all it’s natural goodness, essentially making it reliant on the sprays which ironically are weakening the soil structure. But, there is good news. Some of the large scale farmers are turning their backs on this principle and going back to traditional methods of farming. Using companion planting as well as rotating crops and letting them lie fallow for a while to recover their nutrients.

I can see the benefits first hand of how successful this method can be, even though it is on a small scale, the ideas of allowing the soil to work for itself without too much human intervention can produce fruits and vegetables that have superb flavour with no hint of a pesticide residue. In other words, it’s simply so good for you!

I know this is a topic that may not be of huge interest to everyone but it’s something I feel  strongly about and Deborah’s film sends out such a positive message and draws you in to her ideas with beautiful photography and a fabulous collection of interviewees.

So, in a very small way, here is my contribution to being at one with the soil and in awe of what it can produce….

It is also my own entry to Simple and in Season which I am hosting this month for Ren Behan at Fabulicious Food. Ren’s Simple and in Season page can be found HERE.

 

 

I am also entering this salad into Karen at Lavender & Lovage’s HERBS ON A SATURDAY. A challenge that I haven’t entered before but shall be doing so now that my herbs are flourishing in the garden!


Home Grown Seasonal Salad with a Mint Oregano & Lime Dressing

Ingredients :- Serves 2 as a side salad

  • A large handful of new potatoes

  • A large handful of mustard leaf salad (Watercress or Rocket good too)

  • 2 large spring onions

  • Handful of mint chopped

  • A few sprigs of oregano chopped

  • Handful of chives chopped

  • Juice of half a lime

  • 1 dried bird’s eye chilli (optional)

  • Olive oil

Method :-

For the salad :-

  1. Boil the new potatoes until they are soft, 15 minutes approx depending on their size. Drain and leave to cool a little.

  2. Finely slice the spring onions.

  3. If using your own salad, pick then wash and dry in a salad spinner. Alternately, use your salad leaf of choice.

  4. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle chop them up and place in a salad bowl then add the spring onions and chives.

For the dressing :-

  1. Roughly chop  the mint and oregano then place it in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of salt and the dried red chilli (optional).

  2. Crush to a paste and add the olive oil gradually to create the dressing. About 3 to 4 tablespoons.

  3. Add in the lime juice and check for seasoning.

Assembling the salad :-

  1. Pour the dressing over the slightly warm potatoes and spring onions. Stir to combine.

  2. Put the potatoes in their serving bowl or plate and add the leaves now so that they retain their flavour and shape.

Notes :-

  • I ate this salad for lunch with some bread but if I was having it for dinner, I would serve it with some poached salmon or grilled chicken. If it was for Mr. Scott he would have steak or sausages. Maybe roast chicken could be a happy compromise!

  • Mustard leaf is amazing. It tastes like eating a leaf of wasabi or horseradish . It is  vibrant  and hot but not spicy so  I would recommend it as my salad of choice for this summer. A real delight!

 

Comments

  1. Your salad looks lovely and fresh. My leaves have also grown at a terrific rate this year, mainly due to all the rain we have had. Will be playing along with Simple and in Season shortly :)

  2. Well done for growing your own salad! It looks light and refreshing and I’m sure is full of good things for your body :)

  3. Your salad sounds fantastic, and the combination of herbs and lime juice in the dressing is one I’m planning to try – it will be fabulous with a whole range of salads.

  4. Your salad looks lovely! And well done for all of your hard work. We’re still awaiting news of our allotment but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. Last year I managed to grow some potatoes in our back yard and, even though they were tiny, I was incredibly excited and thought they tasted fantastic. 

    • I do hope you get your allotment. It is hard work but well worth it if you love the taste of home grown fruit & veg. Just cooked up the first batch rhubarb today!

  5. THIS, is JUST the sort of salad I LOVE! And, I hope you don’t mind me saying, but it would be a GREAT entry for my Herbs on Saturday recipe swap challenge…..it’s JUST a linky, but there is a book up for grabs at the end of the month! LOVELY recipe and FULL of all my favourite things too! 
    Here is the link to Herbs on Saturday:
    http://www.lavenderandlovage.com/2012/06/the-new-june-herbs-on-saturday-blog-challenge-win-a-copy-of-jekkas-complete-herb-book.html
    I adore mint by the way…..Karen :-)

  6. Forgot to say your photos are FAB! K xxx

  7. A wonderful salad and I am so impressed with your allotment skills! this looks perfect for summer

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