July 30, 2008

Baby Spinach Salad with Cherry Tomatoes


I got into gardening a couple of years ago in Buffalo. Tomatoes, chillies, carrots, flowers - all in pots, gave me bountiful crop and I was hooked on to gardening. There is something about planting seeds, watching it grow and then harvesting the bounty. I even managed to grow some garlic greens and chillies in the Buffalo winter. So I grew more ambitious the next year and potted zucchini, pepper, along with tomatoes and chillies. But within a couple of months we moved to Ann Arbor. The potted plants got new homes with friends. :)

The new apartment did not have any gardening space, so all I had were a couple of herb pots near windows- basil and cilantro. My conversations with friends revolved around how I need to find new space for gardening.

We recently moved to a new house with a backyard and a frontyard. The first thing I did after I moved was make a trip to the farmer's market and buy some tomato and pepper plants. And I planted some lettuce, zucchini, and okra plants. It's late for the season, but I am hoping for a late bounty.


The cherry tomato plant is in full bloom and I just harvested the heirloom "camp joy" and used it in a fresh salad for tonight's dinner.

Ingredients (serves 4)
a bunch of baby spinach
6-8 cherry tomatoes
6-8 strawberries
1 small cucumber
4-5 radish
1 small onion

1/2 lime juice
1 tbspoon cranberry juice
dash of chilli vinaigrette
dash of brown sugar
2 tbspoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Chop all the vegetables and mix it with the baby spinach.

Pour the dressing just before serving.

I see my heirloom tomatoes and banana peppers are flowering. :)

spinach salad-1

This salad is going to Grow Your Own hosted by Bee and Jai at Jugalbandi. The event was started by Andrea at Andrea's Recipes.


  1. thanks for your entry. enjoy your new garden.


  2. The veggies look fesh n healthy..

  3. Salad looks yummy..

  4. too raw and healthy for me :D

  5. Tha sounds healthy and great...

  6. Ur veggies looks yummy n fresh!enjoy ur garden

  7. Wonderfully presented Blog.
    We seem to share much in Common. We have growing marketing and prepared fresh vegetables for 4 decades.

    This year I am archiving our Gardening endeavors

    You can watch the series Here
    Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth

    I also stared a Fresh Veggie Recipe Newsletter after a huge Eggplant Harvest and Cook off yesterday

    Chuck's Fresh Garden Recipes

    Keep enjoying your Passion!

  8. tasty and healthy salad.i like the name of ure blog "ahar", very nice

  9. the salad looks so fresh and vibrant! Is there anything better than knowing you are growing your own veggies and at the same time doing something wonderful for the planet? It's amazing what you can do even on a tiny balcony isn't it?

  10. congratulations on your new garden.
    The salad looks so fresh and vibrant!

  11. Anyone who manages to grow veggies in their yard has my respect.....everthing looks so vibrant and healthy.

  12. Wow, cherry tomatoes out of your backyard. I envy you for that fresh salad

  13. I am so jealous Mandira. That home grown tomato looks to die for!

  14. Congratulations on your blog anniversary.

  15. The salad look so good... Really a salad is so satisfying!

  16. Lovely pic- bright and colorful! :)

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  18. salad looks delicious cand healthy.

  19. That's such a beautiful salad.

  20. Mandira,
    Love the salad, so fresh and full of color. Tomato is so cute. Home-grown thingies ROCK!
    I am happy to discover your blog. I came here through Jugalbandi, as I am featuring their blog in this month´s Tried And Tasted, I hope you are participating.

  21. Congratulations on your new garden! It looks like things are growing very well. Your tomatoes look very tasty. Thanks for sharing with Grow Your Own!


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