This spring you’ll not only be seeing green, but tasting it too! As the weather warms up, greens, greens, and more greens come into season. It’s not quite time for barbecuing, but who can resist delicious lettuce wraps or a fresh salad when the sun comes out. You don’t need to have a green thumb to get the freshest veggies, just visit us here at NevadaGrown to find the producer nearest you!
Ready for Arugula?
Commonly known as salad rocket, this peppery leaf is wonderful in salads. With a fresh vinaigrette and some strawberries, arugula comes to life. Or use it as an edible garnish on top of your favorite pasta dishes or even paired with prosciutto for a delightful roll-up. Cooked or cold, arugula is out of this world. Find it at Brighter Ideas in Las Vegas or at the Great Basin Food Co-Op in Reno.
Be on Guard for Swiss Chard
If you’re looking for antioxidants, look no further! Swiss Chard is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that help with anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. Sautee this leafy vegetable and top it with Parmesan cheese to make an elegant side the whole family can enjoy! Pick some up at City Green Gardens today.
Mix It Up!
Salad mixes are great for just about anything. Grab a mix of leafy greens from Custom Gardens Organic Farm in Silver Springs or Daydream Farm in Las Vegas and top your salad off with some carrots, onions, beets, nuts or locally-made cheese for a salad to remember.
Artichokes Take Over
This delicious species of thistle becomes ripe just in time for spring. Steam it and dip the petals into an olive oil-based mayo or any other favorite creamy dip. A fun low-calorie idea is to use the artichoke as an edible bowl filled with chilled chicken or tuna salad. Find the perfect artichoke for your next meal at Casa del Sol Gardens in Sandy Valley, southwest of Las Vegas, or at Nevada’s first organic farm, Holley Family Farms, in Dayton.
Love these NevadaGrown goodies as much as we do? Email your favorite recipe using springtime ingredients to NevadaGrown@gmail.com and help us create a NevadaGrown cookbook for all to enjoy.
Each recipe submission is entered to win a 7-cubic-foot freezer filled with NevadaGrown meat and/or produce. Get your entries in quick as winners will be announced June 30, 2014.