Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Why YOU Should be Eating Weeds. Nature`s Free nutrition
This year I had big plans for my garden. I was going to rock our freezer with goods and have perfectly timed lettuce, kale and Swiss chard growing for anytime I wanted a salad. Unfortunately I dropped the ball. But luckily for me i grew up in Alaska, the land of opportunity in every weed patch.
We went up to my Moms house in Willow for the 4th of July and I was very pleased to see the chickweed was growing strong. She doesn't plant it, she doesn't even want it, but it grows in abundance everywhere.
Chickweed has a light earthy flavor and is pleasantly tender, well complimented with vinaigrette such as balsamic or raspberry. I greedily grabbed 3 large bags of it. Back home I picked young Dandelion and Fireweed leaves
, The perfect green companion for my wild chickweed salad.
Dandelion and Fireweed blossoms make for a colorful garnish, in addition to my garden fresh green onions. I wish i`d had Pine-nuts and feta cheese, those would have been amazing on this.
I dressed the salad with Balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil, salt pepper and garlic powder. So yummy!