Salad season has started.
I planted 24 lettuce sets earlier this spring to give us a head start while waiting for the lettuce seeds to grow.
All but 4 died / were killed immediately. The same thing happened last year, so I wasn’t surprised, but they are so cheap I just can’t resist.
The 4 that survived are all ready to eat at the same time, naturally, so we’re eating salads.
The rest of the lettuce will be ready in another week or so….
Lettuce with Turkey, Red & White Beans
Total time: 30 minutes
- 10oz (300gr) turkey cutlets
- 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips, then in half
- 1/2 red onion, cut in half, then sliced
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 8oz (240gr) red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
- 8oz (240gr) white beans (cannellini), drained, rinsed or all one color
- 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) dry-cured, Greek olives
- 2oz (60gr) feta, crumbled
- 2 tbs fresh oregano leaves or basil
- Lettuce – enough for 2 main meal salads, cleaned, torn
- Marinade for turkey:
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbs ketchup
- 1 tbs red wine vinegar
- 2 tbs olive oil
- White Balsamic Vinaigrette:
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 1/2 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 4 tbs salad olive oil
- Mix all ingredients for marinade, spoon on to turkey and set aside.
- Vinaigrette: Crush garlic.
- Mix garlic, vinegar and mustard.
- Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly.
- Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a medium skillet
- Add pepper, onion and sauté until just crisp-tender. Remove and set aside.
- Cook turkey on barbecue grill or in a skillet until done, 4 – 7 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
- Remove and let rest while assembling the salad.
- To assemble:
- Put lettuce and oregano leaves into a large salad bowl.
- Add half of the vinaigrette to the lettuce and toss well to coat.
- Slice turkey into strips and add to lettuce.
- Add beans, peppers, onions, and the rest of the vinaigrette, toss well.
- Add tomatoes, olives, feta, toss gently and serve.
- Sprinkle with crumbled feta and serve.
Every year, in early winter, our farmer neighbor puts all of his cows in the barns. I’m really not sure why as it doesn’t get that cold here, but winters can be very wet.
They stay in the barns until mid-spring. He likes to cut and bale the spring growth in the pastures before he lets them out. That bales provide the food for the next winter.
The cows were let out of the barns last week.
Within days of them being out in the fresh spring air there were calves everywhere.
See all those little tan specs in the grass?
Here’s the close-up:
Now we know what’s going on in the barn all winter.
Here the cows, bulls and calves are all kept together.
It’s such fun watching the calves run around and play. My dogs think they’re puppies and want to run over and play with them…..
Which they did two years ago.
Mama met them at the fence…..
They came home rather quickly.