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
1 small cucumber
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. :)
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.