Little Gem Salad Bouquet

Little Gem Salad Bouquet

Three little gems were eyeing me at the market begging to be elevated to bouquet pre-salad. Our courtyard catnip mint was flowering and begging to be eaten by someone other than our feisty kitties. The gibbous moon would be waxing tonight and serendipity took hold.

Little Gem lettuce is always described as a sweet mini romaine lettuce – I find romaine to be crisper and more neutral while little gem seems a bit more bitter. Pairing it with a sweeter salad dressing works best. My HONEY VINAIGRETTE dressing is perfect along with some fresh herb snippets that give the salad some subtle and strong flavor pops. Add some creamy chunks of avocado and you have a beautiful and simple yet special salad that you just might crave often.

The kids LOVED having their own head of lettuce to construct a salad. I LOVED that my kids were eating a salad. This is a great way to inspire little chefs’ creative ideas and let them assemble their own salad bar as part of the dinner event. My kids wanted shaved carrots and frozen peas added to the mix. Of course my iPhone was too full to take the final shots of both kids happily scarfing down their salads with Russ saying, “This is very refreshing!”

Wishes of Health & Gratitude,
xo Robin

 

Little Gem Salad Bouquet
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6 5 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
6 5 minutes
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Little Gem Salad Bouquet
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 5 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
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Instructions
  1. If you want to make a pretty table arrangement of your salad ingredients - it takes no time. Rinse your lettuce heads and then use a low salad bowl to hold three Little Gems and sprigs of herbs. Fill the bottom with water to keep the lettuce and herbs fresh.
  2. Prep your fresh avocado chunks and any other salad ingredients you want. You can do this earlier in the day - just add some lemon juice to the avocado to keep it from browning.
  3. When it's time to assemble the salads you can take the bowl away and prep quickly (4-5 minutes) in the kitchen and present the finished salad to your guests or you can bring out a cutting board to slice the lettuce and herbs and then toss right at the table.
  4. If you have kids, assembling the salad makes it taste better 🙂
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