Greenhouses 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.
Sorrel grows wild in our area, and can be grown easily in the home garden, but it can also sometimes be a little too bitter for some people. When I don’t have much time, I prefer to buy locally grown sorrel in the grocery store. It will usually be a milder tasting variety.
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- 1/4 cup creamy plain yogurt (Grace Harbor Farms, Custer)
- 1 small clove garlic, very finely minced (Uprising Organics CSA, Bellingham)
- 2 tbsp fresh sorrel, minced (The Growing Garden, Bellingham)
- 2 tbsp chives, chopped (The Growing Garden, Bellingham)
- 2 tbsp shallots, chopped (Hopewell Farm, Everson)
- 1/4 tsp honey (Brookfield Farm, Maple Falls)*
- pinch of salt (see article on Exceptions)
Note: Brookfield Farm’s Stinging Nettle Infused Honey is what I call a transitional food. The final product is prepared in Whatcom County, but some ingredients come from outside the County. In this case, the honey itself (before being infused with the nettles) is from Arlington in Snohomish County. I’ve since heard there’s a local Whatcom honey producer, so I’m trying to locate them.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
I’ve use this dressing with some mixed salad greens (DEVine Gardens, Lynden and Custer) and some Easter Egg radishes (Broadleaf Farm, Everson). Easter Egg radishes are a mixed color variety that includes red, pink, purple, and white radishes–lovely! This salad is a good accompaniment for Rainy Day Crockpot Beef Stew and Roasted Potato Wedges.
Community Food Co-operative, Westerly and Cordata, Bellingham
Terra Organica, Flora and Cornwall, Bellingham
Uprising Organics CSA, Acme/Bellingham