A Family Garden:Creating Fresh Parsley and Herb Salad

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As the temperature outside begins to warm up, families head to their local garden or hardware stores in search for gardening materials.  Many people are eager for bright color after a cold and dreary winter, others are very enthusiastic about growing their own produce.  These days, to reduce grocery costs, many families are growing their own food. Gardening with your family has other great benefits, too.

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Yesterday my 8-year old son and I went crazy on picking out herbs and vegetables at the garden center. Of course we had to get a Jalapeno pepper plant. He loves them! We picked up basil, oregano, thyme, dill, a few tomato plants, pumpkin, squash and some different types of peppers to start.  Rosemary is an easy herb that requires little watering. Starting a garden with your children is not only a great way to connect with them but with nature too.  It also helps build an appreciation for the food we eat.  We decided on planting some herbs and vegetables in a couple of wine barrels to start so it can be easily manageable for the kids.

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We deciding on trying pumpkins this year. You will need to dedicate an entire box to growing a few pumpkin plants, but the results are quite amazing. Your kids will love following the progress of these plants.

With herbs and vegetables comes fresh salads for any occassion. This salad will take you approximately 25 minutes to make. I came across it years ago and it’s very tasty and fresh.

Parsley and Herb Salad

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups tender 1-inch curly-leaf parsley sprigs

2/3 cup tender 1-inch Italian parsley sprigs, or more curly-leaf parsley

1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons each minced fresh tarragon and majoram leaves

1 tablespoon minced fresh sage leaves

3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese

1 small clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Mix parsleys, basil, tarragon, majoram, sage and parmesan. In a capped jar, shake garlic, oil, water, and juice to blend. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

If making salad and dressing ahead, chill separately, airtight, up to 4 hours To serve, shake dressing; mix gently with herbs.

A great recipe to enjoy all the fresh herbs from your garden! More garden updates from our family to yours coming soon!


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