Today I felt like I needed a good hearty, crunch, bitter-sweet salad. Besides making good use of leftover vegetables and lettuce from my fridge this bento finally got some homegrown salad from my allotment garden. I am ashamed to admit that today was the first time in months that I went there. It was a very cold and muddy affair , but I was very happy when I found that lambs lettuce is growing like crazy on my neglected vegetable patches. As I never have enough time for my garden I am glad when some vegs and salad grow and spread their own seeds. I had some flowering lambs lettuce running to seed on my compost some years ago and ever since then thousands of little lambs lettuce appear every spring and all I need to do is harvest them and thin them out.
This salad tastes so good. because salad that isn't grown in the greenhouse had got real texture and flavour.
And the salad dressing was so yummy.
But first, let me show you the first sights of spring at my garden
I cannot wait till spring arrives and I can harvest the first violets and daisys for my salads and bentos.I didn't take a picture of my vegetable patch and the lambs lettuce. But it wasn't much of a sight anyway, being all very neglected and muddy.
What is much more exciting is today's salad:
Lettuce and lambs lettuce, apple slices(the apple needs to be a sweet one)and fennel slices for the crunch,peppery rocket, smooth boiled eggs and a honey-mustard sour cream dressing that countered the bitterness of the radicchio and was so yummy.
And as I was eating at home I could use one of my favourite bento boxes. I just love its look, but it isn't practical for taking food to uni. So when I stay home studying i love using that box.
Ah, and I nearly forgot, that i even had a side dish: leftover broccoli almond patties from yesterday and the radish-cress cream cheese.
Actually that was the first time I made a salad dressing sour cream, but it was so yummy that I am going to repeat that some time soon. The boiled eggs were supposed to be star shaped, but it was a total mishap, so I simply halved them. Anyway, it was really good. And as it is termbreak and I am study hard at home I think I am going to have some more salads for my bento.