I just wanted you all to know that my DIY hack-job paid off.
To harvest this loose-leaf lettuce, I grab a single bunch and cut it just above the smallest leaves. It sprouts back up again quickly. Some tips:
DO: Leave an area to plant seeds in later so that, with various stages of growth and cutting, you should have something to chew at all times.
DON’T: Tear the leaves off- use scissors to avoid bruising.
DO: Store the salad box in a cool, partially-shaded area to discourage bolting (when the lettuce gets too hot, it shoots up and flowers to make seeds- the leaves become bitter at this stage).
DO: Keep a jar of home-made dressing around so that it’s easy to just grab a handful of leaves and dress them as a side to whatever you’re already eating anyways.
*** SALAD DRESSING FOR CHUMPS****(as per Michael Smith)
I mix the following in a Mason jar, give it a good shake, and store it in the fridge:
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup of any vinegar, lemon or lime juice (I like red wine vinegar)
- 1/2 cup of honey, maple syrup or jelly
- 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard
- a sprinkle or two of sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- optional: 1 heaping teaspoon or any fresh herb or spice (from the garden!). I really like to throw some paprika and garlic in there.