Slightly cooler temperatures plus lots of rain this past week equals one very happy garden…

…everything for this Garden Pea and Rose Petal Salad came straight out of that happy garden!

To make this salad I used a mixture of greens (green and red head lettuces, spinach, and an Asian green called purple pak choi), sliced peas, chopped basil, and it’s garnished with rose petals.

Rose petals are indeed edible, but you should only eat them if they have not been sprayed with anything nasty (pesticides and such). How strong the flavor of the petals is really depends on how fragrant your roses are… I didn’t add a lot of them to the salad, just enough to give it some lovely color and a bit of their “rose-y” taste.

I used a simple dressing featuring homemade yogurt and honey, and I dressed it pretty sparsely. I like how the slightly sweet dressing tempers the slightly bitter greens, but if you prefer a vinaigrette-style dressing, feel free to use that instead.

Forgive me for listing the measurements in “handfuls”, but that’s how I usually do things when a recipe goes straight from the garden to the table. I’d estimate that one of my handfuls is approximately 1 cup. If you don’t have the specific ingredients listed here, don’t fret- this is an adaptable salad…just use what you’ve got.

Garden Pea and Rose Petal Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

*1 handful of green leaf lettuce
*1 handful of red leaf lettuce
*1 handful of purple pak choi
*1 handful of spinach
*1 handful of basil
*10-15 fresh peas
*rose petals
*1 tablespoon organic, plain yogurt
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*2 teaspoons honey
*1 garlic clove, minced

Directions:

1. Clean all of your greens very well and tear them into bite-sized pieces.

2. Chop up the basil and slice the peas.

3. in a medium bowl, mix together the greens, the basil and the sliced peas. Toss in a few rose petals, too, but keep most of them for garnish.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, the olive oil, the honey and the garlic. Pour over the salad and toss well. Garnish with the rest of the rose petals.

This salad is linked to Real Food Wednesday over at Kelly the Kitchen Kop.