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I’ve harvested my first vegetables of the season.

Radish Sprouts.

radishesingroundRadishes need to be thinned in order to have room to form their peppery and spicy roots below the Earth.

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The thinning of seedlings is one of the most difficult things to do in gardening as many tend to believe they’ll be losing a good proportion of their harvest.  However, this is something that needs to be done in order to have a harvest at all.

What is sure to lift ones spirits is knowing that the pulled radish sprouts do not need to be tossed in the compost unused. Instead they make a great peppery addition to any Spring salad.

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Once rinsed and cleaned, they are even scrumptious as a snack.  My boys loved them.

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This is one of my favorite things about Spring.  The fresh greens and small root vegetables coming from gardens and farmers markets.

With my freshly harvested radish sprouts, I decided to make a salad using the best of what’s in season.  Spinach, organic strawberries, feta cheese and mint.

Fresh and Bright. Sweet and Peppery. The flavors enhance one another.

Spring, I’m so glad you’re here.

Spinach and Radish Sprout Salad with Strawberries and Feta Cheese in a Mint Vinaigrette

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Ingredients:

Salad:

  • Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • Radish Sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Feta Cheese

Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3tbl raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
  • dash of pepper

Method:

For the Salad:

1. Add radish sprouts over spinach.

2. Top with freshly cut organic strawberries and sprinkle with feta cheese.

For the Dressing:

Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar or other small glass bottle.  Mix well and refrigerate for at least two hours where the flavors can incorporate.

Have you harvested anything from your garden?  Please share in the comments below or share pictures on the Spain in Iowa facebook fan page by clicking here.  We LOVE to drool over garden pics ;)


16 Responses to Spinach and Radish Sprout Salad with Strawberries and Feta Cheese in a Mint Vinaigrette

  1. IAMSNWFLAKE says:

    Yummy! It looks so fresh, colorful and enticing. I’ll have one, please.
    IAMSNWFLAKE recently posted..Rp- Vitamina C -Segunda dosis

  2. Lin Ann says:

    A perfect salad in my mind! I love your blog and will be poking around some. Thanks for accepting my friend request on Foodbuzz.

  3. What a great combination. Love the dressing. Thanks Diana.
    This salad minus the sprouts :( will be at out dinner table today. I am really excited about the flavor combination.

    Thanks again.

    Mely

  4. So lovely the first harvest of the season! What a great, fresh salad!
    Belinda @zomppa recently posted..Hitchhiker’s Guide to Wine- Photo of the Day

  5. What great pictures, and an amazing looking salad!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..Herb Grilled Pork Tenderloin

  6. Beautiful! We get radish (and other) sprouts from our CSA farm and I love the radish sprouts’ zesty kick.

    I will confess that I’m a terrible thinner. It always makes me nervous!
    Stacy (Little Blue Hen) recently posted..kahlua cupcakes with chocolate mousse frosting

  7. Love the idea of a mint vinaigrette on this! I just planted a few pots of herbs today, but it will be a while before I can harvest anything. I’m dying to try radish sprouts.
    Marmande in the Kitchen recently posted..Pork and Kimchi Dumplings

  8. Pei Sze says:

    Oo, should read this earlier. Hubby just compost the radish sprouts in the garden.

    Do you think Bok Choy sprouts edible?
    Pei Sze recently posted..My moms birthday cum Mothers Day

  9. This looks like a spectacular salad, it’s decadent light and fresh with a great combination of flavors. So glad I found your site, great stuff =]
    FreeSpiritEater recently posted..Funnel Cakes &amp Stuff

  10. You’ve obviously got the magic touch both in the garden and the kitchen. Thanks for inspiring me to plant one more crop of radishes. I was looking for a reason to push the envelope on that one. This time I won’t feed all the tops to my rabbits!
    Outlaw Farmer recently posted..Twilight

  11. [...] or feeding them to the chickens, put them in a bowl and add them to your salad. Diana just made a salad with her radish thinnings that sounds delicious. Arugula thinnings are almost as peppery and flavorful as the mature leaves. [...]

  12. [...] Here are some other salad dressings I’d like to try: Ashley’s recipe for creme fraiche vinaigrette Diana’s Mint Vinaigrette [...]

  13. [...] you understand the seasons, you can begin to really cook. It’s no surprise that fresh Spring greens taste amazing with mint.  Why?  Because they are in season at the same time of the year.  They’re the first to [...]

  14. [...] I also enjoy using herbs and fruits to come up with unique flavors to top on salads of different [...]

  15. Mg says:

    i got interested about raddish sprout and luckily found your site :>) Thanks and i got another idea to add on my daily meal…

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