Bite Of Minnesota: Fresh Spring Salad

By Crystal Grobe, Cafe Cyan

Here in the Midwest, we are on a roller coaster when it comes to weather. Granted, spring is usually unpredictable, but switching from rain to snow and back again has taken its toll on crops in the area. Most farmers are 2-3 weeks behind in the growing season, so even though we’ve seen 80 degrees this week, we still have some waiting to do.

spring salad 1 Bite Of Minnesota: Fresh Spring Salad

(credit: Crystal Grobe)

Thankfully, some farmers have enough resources to set up a greenhouse to help get a jump start on the season. When I last visited the Minneapolis Farmers Market, Dehn’s Garden had a bountiful selection of fresh items such as baby lettuce, fresh cut herbs, starter plants and flower baskets. Everything had been grown in the greenhouse with the exception of chives, which were fresh from the garden.

spring salad 2 Bite Of Minnesota: Fresh Spring Salad

(credit: Crystal Grobe)

Eager for a fresh spring salad, I grabbed some baby lettuce mix and herbs from Dehn’s Garden and a bottle of honey from Aspen Ridge Farm for homemade vinaigrette. It’s my favorite salad dressing right now and would be wonderful drizzled over sliced radishes or steamed vegetables as well.

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
(makes 1 cup)

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (any flavor, I used black cherry)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine in a jar and shake until combined. The dressing can be stored in the refrigerator; return to room temperature before shaking and serving as the oil can firm up.

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  • Debbie

    Crystal, I am so excited to try this recipe for the balsamic vinaigrette. I know how to grow food, but I wish i was better at preparing food!

  • Joyce

    Crystal, I really enjoyed your new feature….this promises to be helpful, with your timely and delicious suggestions. Good job!

  • Crystal Grobe

    Debbie – I hope you were able to try the dressing. It is so easy to make!

  • Crystal Grobe

    Joyce – thanks so much, I’m glad you enjoy it! Hope to run into you this summer.

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