I can't believe it's taken me so long to finally add these delicious flowers to my salad, but I'm glad I did!
Where we live the lawn grows wild - no pesticides, no fertilizers, no early morning waterings, just nature doing what she does. This spring we have been enjoying a blanket of spring beauties, violets, and dandelion - and the bees have been enjoying it as well! Since we had such a great abundance I decided to take this opportunity to add the violets to my salad. On the first bite the flavor reminded me of a sweet clover bud we would eat as children out in the hay fields (my roots are showing), followed by an aftertaste with a light peppery bite. If you haven't yet, I recommend going outside and trying one (after washing and making sure it hasn't been treated with chemicals).
To make this salad, combine all your favorite salad ingredients, I kept mine simple so as to get the full effect
- Mixed lettuce greens
- Handful of well washed violet flowers
- light oil and vinegar dressing
Voila! A new yummy addition to your spring salads.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.