Leafy Green Salad with Hazelnut Raspberry Vinaigrette
This yummy salad is prepared with cool season vegetables that grow in both the spring and fall garden. Cuties/clementines are a cross between a mandarin and an orange. I like them because they are easy to peel and very sweet. Look for them at your grocery from Christmas through spring.
Arugula grows fast. Set plants in the sunny garden in early spring for spring harvest or late summer for fall harvest. Plants prefer the cooler days of spring or fall. Like any leafy green, arugula requires a rich soil to make its best growth. Before planting, add compost to the soil. Click here for more growing tips from BonniePlants.com.
In order to grow spinach twice a year, plant it about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost in the spring, and again 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost in the fall. For the most tender leaves, encourage spinach to grow fast and without interruption by using nitrogen-rich soil amendments. In the spring, plants will grow tall and bloom (called bolting) as soon as the days are longer than 14 hours. Heat also speeds up bolting, since spinach prefers temperatures between 35 and 75 degrees. Plants are very cold hardy, tolerating temperatures as cold as the teens to low 20s once they are well established. In cold climates, some gardeners plant spinach in a cold frame or cover plants with hay and leave them all winter. Click here for more growing tips from BonniePlants.com.
Onion starts are not transplants in peat pots, but rather little seedlings sold in bare-root bundles; each plant will start growing within days after you plant. Raised beds or raised rows called furrows made by mounding up soil are ideal, especially if your soil is heavy clay. Get the plants off to a strong start by mixing an organic or timed-release fertilizer into the ground below the planting furrow before your plant your onions. This fertilization technique, called banding, places nutrients right where young onion roots will find them. Onion roots are shallow and not very efficient at taking up moisture, so they need a steady supply of water to grow without interruption. Although they actually recover well from drought and start growing again when watered, it is best to keep the soil consistently moist until the bulbs enlarge. Click here for more growing tips from BonniePlants.com.
- ½ cup hazelnuts
- ½ small red onion, sliced thin
- Large handful of arugula, wash and pat dry
- Spinach, wash and pat dry
- 3 "Cuties" peeled and split into sections
Raspberry Hazelnut Vinaigrette
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons hazelnut oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place hazelnuts on a metal cookie sheet with a rim. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes.
- To remove the papery skins dump the hot hazelnuts into a dish towel and rub vigorously. Don't worry if you can't remove all the skins. Set aside to cool and then chop.
- Whisk together lemon juice, vinegar and parsley. Slowly add the oils, whisking as you pour. Season with salt and pepper.
- Toss the salad ingredients with the vinaigrette.
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