Here is a lovely salad inspired by an empty fridge and a garden that’s offering more for me to eat with each passing day.

herb and flower salad

With the exception of the dried blueberries and the sunflower seeds, everything in this herb and flower salad was homegrown (or in the case of the red clovers, wild).

homegrown lettuce

growing nasturtiums

I don’t grow red clover on purpose, but it is all over my property, and this is more than fine with me. Red clovers are quite edible and they are very good for you.

red clovers are a nutritious wild plant

They have a sweet and mild flavor, and as far as red clover nutrition goes, the blossoms contain protein, vitamins and minerals, and are said to be great for boosting fertility and the immune system.

When I am making a salad like this for myself, I bring a bowl outside and walk around grabbing handfuls of everything I want until it looks like enough. Then I go inside, rinse everything, and chop, chop, chop. If you’d like to make this salad for a group, just scale everything up.

If you don’t have some of the ingredients, no worries. Just add more handfuls of what you you do have!

Herb and Flower Salad

Yield: serve 1

Ingredients:

*Several handfuls of mixed greens (I used a combination of red and green leaf lettuces as well as lacinato kale leaves)
*1 handful of parsley
*1 handful of cilantro
*1 handful of basil
*1 handful of lemon balm
*1 handful of mint
*1-2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
*1-2 small handfuls of edible flowers/leaves (I used nasturtiums, red clovers, and gentian sage flowers)
*1 handful of fresh or dried blueberries (preferably without added sugar; you can also use raisins or another dried fruit, or leave this out)
*1 handful of raw toasted, or sprouted nuts or seeds (optional- I used Go Raw sprouted sunflower seeds)
*Himalayan or sea salt to taste
*Fresh lemon juice
*Olive oil

Directions:

1. Chop all ingredients together so everything is bite-sized. Sprinkle with salt and mix. Dress with a big squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a generous drizzle of olive oil.

Since this recipe is heavy on the herbs, I’m submitting it as my very first Weekend Herb Blogging entry. This event is managed by Haalo of Cook (Almost) Anything At Least Once, and this week’s host is Cheryl from Gluten Free Goodness.

 

6 Comments

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    Jessica — July 13, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

    The herb and flower salad looks really good! I will have to try it with my new Himalayan sea salt from Sustainable Sourcing http://www.himalasalt.com/. I think it will be a perfect summer treat!

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    cheryl — July 13, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

    what beautiful photos!

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    drwinnie — July 13, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

    Thanks Cheryl,
    I just got a new camera for my birthday and I’ve been playing with it…this is the first post where I used it… I think there is big difference from my old camera and thanks for noticing!

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    Maximina Rezendes — July 2, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    Modern scientific tests have shown that red clover contains isoflavones, plant-based chemicals that produce estrogen like effects in the body. Isoflavones have shown potential in the treatment of a number of conditions associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, cardiovascular health, and osteoporosis. However, as researchers have become aware of the side effects of taking estrogen, there is also some concern about the safety of isoflavones. Plus, evidence that red clover helps reduce any menopausal symptoms — like hot flashes — is mixed.*,;:

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    Jameson — July 26, 2013 @ 5:04 am

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