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Yogurt Cucumber Dill Dressing

Category : Condiments, Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian

Yogurt Cucumber Dill DressingFast and flavorful, this dill salad dressing combines well with nearly any salad ingredients. It’s smooth enough to go with spicier ones such as arugula, mesclun salad mixes, etc., but also adds enough flavor to perk up blander ingredients, such as hard-boiled eggs or plain lettuce.

Since no salad oil is produced here in Whatcom County that I know of, I’m constantly looking for alternatives for dressing bases. The tangy taste of yogurt is light enough to go with most greens, and also combines well with many herbs.  You can achieve a rich variety of flavors by blending yogurt with such fresh local herbs as lemon balm, sorrel, basil, dill and more. Don’t forget the garlic! Continue Reading

Spring Salad

Category : Main Dishes, Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian

Spring SaladBy late spring many of the salad greens are ripe enough for first harvest. Fresh local leaf lettuces in various colors, salad mixtures with flavor powerhouses such as arugula, mesclun, mizuna, and frisee, and so much more have begun to show up in grocery stores, home gardens, and farmers markets.

When I want to make a meal of a salad, it becomes the “kitchen sink” variety. I go through my produce drawer and mix in a little of everything. Continue Reading

Herbed Yogurt Dressing

Category : Condiments, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetarian

Photo of Herbed Yogurt DressingThis dressing is so simple that the incredible flavor is almost shocking. If you have any doubts that local farm fresh food tastes better than food that’s been harvested elsewhere and shipped long distances, try this dressing. You’ll never go back.

Uses for this dressing are only limited by your imagination. Obviously it goes well with salads, but try it also on warm vegetables, over baked potatoes,  or as a dip for raw veggies. Or just drink it. Okay, I’m kidding, but trust me–you’ll be tempted to take a sip! Continue Reading

Tangy Napa Cabbage Slaw

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Category : Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian

Photo of Tangy Napa Cabbage SlawFresh local napa cabbage is incredible–crisp, juicy, beautiful and flavorful. The cabbage was so ripe and tender and the head was so full, I could hardly pick it up without crushing outer leaves under my fingers. You’ll never get a head of cabbage like that when it has to be shipped for a thousand miles. Continue Reading

Cucumber Yogurt Salad

Category : Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian

Photo of Cucumber Yogurt SaladOnly a locavore can understand the excitement I felt when I saw the beautiful long English cucumbers from Dominion Organics in Ferndale in the produce rack at Terra Organica. The first appearance of any variety of fresh produce in the spring is like running into an old friend you haven’t seen for awhile. It’s always cause for celebration. Dominion grows these early beauties in their greenhouse so they can be harvested while the soil is still far too cool for planting them outside in the garden.

When I talked with the produce person to confirm these were definitely grown locally, they also noted happily that the “plastic” wrap around each individual cucumber was completely biodegradable. That was good news, too. Continue Reading

Yogurt, Chives, and Sorrel Dressing

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Category : Recipes, Salads

Photo of Salad with Yogurt, Chives and Sorrel Salad DressingGreenhouses allow us to enjoy fresh salad greens most of the year here in Whatcom County. DEVine Gardens has a colorful mix of various tender greens that I really enjoy.

Making a local dressing is a bit of a challenge, though. To the best of my knowledge, no one in Whatcom County produces a salad oil, the basis of most salad dressing recipes. The next alternative is frequently lemon juice, also not produced locally.

In this recipe I offer one possible solution for both problems. First, using yogurt as the main ingredient gives the dish a creamy texture similar to that given by salad oil. Second, the leaves of the sorrel plant have an acidic, lemony tang that is quite delicious. Continue Reading