God bless lettuce, all that leafy, green goodness that many of us just don’t eat enough of. I was in Lucky grocery getting a sandwich today and every one of the twelve deli salads was white, except for the broccoli salad, way in back. I wish I took a picture. The presentation looked so, …well, …. so heart clogging. Does anyone actually believe that goopy gloop digests efficiently in our bodies, especially when piled up next to the double counter of fried chicken and fried potatoes?
Lucky for you there is lettuce in them there hills.
The baby Miner’s lettuce is out around town. Go find it!
It’s at a perfect part of the growing cycle where the roots come out easy, and the ground doesn’t stick.
If you have a Northern California backyard with any new green, there’s a good chance Miner’s lettuce is growing near by. Pick and eat immediately, because once the flowers come, it bolts to seed and loses it’s fresh spring, light citrus, white pepper taste.
Give those cute, green hearts a little wash and refresh in cold water. Spin in a salad spinner, and add to your regular salad, stem and all, or go solo and serve simply; here with thin pear, shaved macadamia nut, toasted sesame seed, flake salt, and drizzle of good quality olive oil.
Miners lettuce also makes a seasonally fun garnish; posing here with EZ Seasoned vegetables, Trader Joes veggie wontons, and a drizzle of umeboshi vinegar and toasted sesame oil.
Or maybe awomen?
Oh Green Goddess - lettuce pray.