Back when I had a garden I would fix this salad often during the summer. It was so convenient to be able to pick dinner fresh from the garden. The idea is to use what you have. This is a pretty as well as tasty salad and welcome on hot summer days.
Leaf lettuce is a wonderful plant. It will keep you supplied in lettuce most of the summer and it’s so pretty in the garden. Wish I could figure out how to grow it on an apartment window sill.
• leaf lettuce leaves, depends on the size of the leaves
• 2 or more tomatoes chopped, or cherry tomatoes
• 4 or more radishes, sliced thin
• 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
• 3 or 4 green onions, green and white part, sliced thin
• ½ cup or more cubes of cheddar or other cheese
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• Fresh basil to taste, chopped
• Salt and black pepper to taste
• Croutons, made from day old or homemade bread if you have it
Wash all the vegetables very well. Add the vegetables to a salad bowl as you prepare them.
Rip the lettuce leaves into pieces by hand. Chop the tomatoes or if you use cherry tomatoes cut them in half. Cut the leaf and root ends from the radishes, thinly slice them, cut the larger ones in half first. Cut the ends off the cucumber, peel, and cut in half, cut each half in half and slice the pieces. Trim the root end of the green onions and the very tips of the leaves, slice. Cut the cheese or cheeses into half inch cubes or grate. If you use blue cheese, crumble it into the bowl. Peel and mince the garlic. Roll up and chop the basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. You may want less pepper because of the radishes. Cut the bread into cubes and brown in a couple tablespoons of cooking oil in a large frying pan. Toss the croutons with the vegetables or serve separate.
Serve with a variety of dressings, either store bought or homemade.
If you have hard boiled eggs on hand peel and slice a few for garnish. If you add eggs you can serve this as a complete meal.
Red onion can be used if you have no green. If you have a green pepper in the fridge, chop and toss it in.
Add some store bought lettuce if you have some on hand.
Rye bread, garlic bread or soda bread coutons are good in salads.
Thin slices or cubes of baked chicken or beef roast can be added.