SALAD GREENS, SALAD INGREDIENTS and SALADS

What's in a salad? What's in your favorite salad? Some people only want arugula. Others want anything, everything but arugula. That's what's interesting, and the fun thing about salads. They allow such a broad opportunity for innovation, variability and plasticity. Are any two salads exactly the same? Well possibly, but how boring.

lettuce at The Tree FarmRed and Green Lettuce

We raise a number of greens for a salad mix, including

Several different kinds of Leaf Lettuce
Arugula
Green onions
Parsley
Kale
Spinach

Customers pick any or all of these to create a salad mix carefully tailored to fit a particular taste, or spontaneously chosen to fit the whim of the moment

Spinach at the Tree FarmSpinach

Many other vegetables are important, some would say essential, ingredients for salads. Other potential salad ingredients rasied at the Tree Farm, include salad cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, hot peppers, Swiss chard, zucchini, Chinese cabbage, mustard greens, young beet greens, spaghetti squash, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, red cabbage, basil, and purple basil.

Mix and match, make your own salad mix. Invent your own salad. Tailor a salad to what you know you like. Experiment or stay with the familiar. It's very hard to go wrong when you start with quality, fresh ingredients.

Add any or all of some cheese, some chopped ham, some smoked or pickled salmon, crab, shrimp, some olives, perhaps a chopped, boiled egg and you have an entire meal - fit for a king!

And, of course, your favorite dressing. Here are ours:

Chris's favorite Italian dressing

Mix vigorously:1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 clove garlic
dash tabasco sauce

To make Karen's favorite blue cheese dressing, add grated or crumbled blue cheese to taste

The Tree Farm
The Pick-your-own Vegetables Place
www.thetreefarm.net
In Northwestern Dane County, Wisconsin, serving Madison and the surrounding area
8454 State Road 19
Cross Plains, WI 53528

608.798.2286

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Updated May 07 2017

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