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Salad Herbs – Summer Herb Gardening

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Fresh lettuce and spinach are abundant in our garden. Paring these delicious greens with fresh salad herbs is a welcome treat on hot summer nights.

Although salad herbs are well known in vinegars and dressings you can use salad herbs to add to your fresh greens. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Tarragon – You can strip the leaves off of the stems and throw them in to almost any vegetable salad. Tarragon can go a long way so don’t over do.
  • Chives – The flowers are a nice surprise in your salad greens.
  • Chervil – Chop and sprinkle over your salad just before serving.
  • Borage- Add to a dressed salad just before serving to prevent wilting and discoloration. Good on fresh cold fruit
  • Hyssop – The flowers are great sprinkled on greens. Chop the leaves and add to green salad. Do not use both leaves and flowers in one salad. The leaves will over power the taste of the flowers.
  • Sweet Cicely- The leaves are excellent in green salads.
  • Nasturtium – Leaves and young flowers are delicious addition to your favorite greens.
  • Watercress – My favorite addition to light spring greens.
Herbed Vinegar Dressing
1/2 c.  tarragon
1/2 c. watercress
1/c. chervil
1 clove garlic crushed
1 finely chopped jalepeno
1 tsp. pepper corns
2 Tbs. sugar
2 c. white vinegar
Makes 1 pint.
Place all ingredients in a clean jar and store in a dark place for about 1 month.
Strain and serve over greens or cucumbers.

Or use your fresh herbs, chives and parsley,  to make ranch dressing.



P.S. Here s a tip for adding salad herbs and vegetables to your green salads. In a serving bowl, place all of your veggies and herbs on top of the salad. Serve with salad tongs. This allows your dinner guests to get veggies and herbs with out them getting lost the bottom of the bowl.

P.P.S. When washing summer greens and salad herbs, rinse and dry in a salad spinner.

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  • 1 P-A-McGoldrick
    // Jul 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    So glad to see your website, Sheila. Love herbs and gardens.
    If you take a look at my blog, you will understand why.
    This summer, basil and lavender are amazing.
    I love to just pick the leaves from basil plants on the deck and plop them on top for pasta, vegetables, tomatoes, sandwiches, pizza.
    Great doing that 30 Day blog challenge!
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    Sheila Reply:

    Your site is great! Yes, you are a plant person. I love the variegated nasturtrium.

    I love fresh basil too. The tomatoes will be ripe soon…can’t wait for tomatoes rice wine vinegar and basil salad.

    I do not have lavender in my yard. But there must be 50 plants in the yard I take care of. Funny thing is we had a lot of winter kill this year, but we also had more plants reseed themselves. I have never seen so many seedlings. Survival I guess.

  • 2 Martha Giffen // Jul 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I love this site! Although I don’t grow herbs (yet!), I am an avid flower gardener! I also grow tomatoes and have been known to add a few peppers too. Gardening is so relaxing. There is nothing like having your hands in that fertile soil. Growing up, my Daddy always had a huge garden and we shared with everyone in the neighborhood!
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    Sheila Reply:

    My husband runs the vegetable garden and his “flower beds”. He is like your dad, he plants enough to share with the neighborhood.

    I do the rest. I have to admit I keep it pretty simple, since I am always keeping up with someone elses place.

    Then I have to brag that we have the best looking place in town.

    Enjoy your garden.

  • 3 Melanie Kissell
    // Jul 4, 2010 at 1:29 am

    The salad in this photo looks absolutely luscious!

    Tarragon and chives are two of my favorites. The only ingredient I might eliminate from the herbed vinegar dressing is the “jalepeno” — sounds a little too spicy and hot for my tummy. :-)

    Like Martha, my father grew a wonderful vegetable garden every year. He grew lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, zucchini, carrots, and string beans. There’s nothing like home grown!

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    Sheila Reply:

    That’s true the jalepeno might be a bit much for some people.

    My grand kids love the vegetable garden too. Not only for the home grown factor…but for the memories.