Salads are such an easy meal for summer time and a great way to get all our greens (7 cups a day!). Some people are intimidated by growing lettuce and shy away from it but there's no need, it easy!. Today I'm going to give you my best tips for growing lettuce so that you can have a continuous supply for quick and easy summer time meals that don't heat up the house.
Above is one of our early harvest for the gardens we used to make a salad. F.Y.I. raw kohlrabi goes great in salad.
After you have watched the video be sure to check below for all of our favorite varieties and 3 super easy and super tasty salad dressing.
Best Tips For Growing Lettuce
Our Favorite Lettuce Varieties
We grow all four of these every year and then try some new ones out as well. These are some new varieties we are trying this year.
To get the your best lettuce crop it is important that you read the description for each variety when choosing your lettuce. In general letuce is a cooler weather crop but there are some that tolorate heat and humidity better. There are also some that tolorate cold better. You want to find a variety that is best for your growing conditions.
3 Super Easy and Super Tasty Salad Dressings
To make the dressings put all the ingredients in a jar and shake until combined. That's it! You're done. Now enjoy your salad.
1/2 cup olive oil
11/2 tsp peanut oil
1/2 cup tamari
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3-4 tbsp honey or brown sugar
dash of cayenne
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme
* Instead of the oregano, basil, and thyme, you can use 1 tsp Italian dressing.
Make the same as Italian but add:
1/2 cup vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
1/4 tsp ground mustard
a dash or cayenne
This is a little plot of lettuce my 2 year old "planted." It grew so well I decided to let it be. We've got a gardener in the making people!
Do you have any favorite lettuce varieties that you would like to share with us? Or how about some tasty salad dressing? Please leave your comments below!
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Hello, I'm Jaci. I love wandering around in my gardens admiring God's creation. I'm passionate about whole foods and clean eating. I look forward to sharing my farming and homestead adventures and helping you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!