A Green Woman Salad for Beltane

So the plan was to post this blog yesterday, but my first day of May was extremely busy.
I was up until almost midnight just accomplishing getting my photos in the draft and I had to call it quits and go to bed.
Not that it matters, this isn’t a “holiday deadline recipe” or anything, it’s just what I decided to create to go along with a Beltane-themed display.
I had wanted to bake a “May Day Maple Hearth Bread”, but I couldn’t get all the ingredients for it; apparently everyone is making bread right now during the pandemic crisis and buying up all the yeast.
With that idea squashed, I instead used what I DID have at home and foraged my dish – in true Beltane nature.
From gathering around my backyard and garden (and a few items from the fridge), I came up with an alternate version of the “Green Man Salad.”

A backyard dandelion
Gathering dandelion greens
Backyard wild onions (I actually found some later on further back in the yard that had budding flowers about to emerge and I pulled them as well for their larger onion bulbs)
My romaine lettuce
My black-seeded lettuce
Some holy spinach leaves
Radishes I accidentally planted
My one radish that was developed enough to eat
My foraged and garden-picked harvest

~*~A Spring Salad for May Day/Beltane~*~

Use whatever you’ve got to create your own beautiful spring salad! My bowl contains:

– dandelion greens and wild onions foraged from around the yard

– black-seeded lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach leaves and radish from my garden

– green bell pepper, red onion and avocado (store-bought)

I also wanted to use a homemade dressing, so I used the following recipe to create a tangy vinaigrette.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

– 1/3 cup olive oil

– 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

– 1 tablespoon honey

– 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

– 1 clove garlic, minced

– salt and pepper, to taste

Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.

Pour into a serving jar and enjoy. Or store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Recipe Source: “Downshiftology with Lisa Bryan”

(Note: I didn’t have Dijon mustard, so I used the substitute below.)

Dijon Mustard Substitute Recipe

– 1 tablespoon dry mustard

– 1 teaspoon water

– 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

– 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

– 1 pinch sugar

Mix all ingredients.

Yields about 2 tablespoons

Recipe Source: Food.com

(Note: Even in the substitute recipe, I had to make substitutions! I used apple cider vinegar instead, and I had no mayonnaise on hand either; I used Miracle Whip.)

~ Pretty roses in my Aunt Carol’s garden ~

Fleabane in the neighbor’s front yard that I had to stop and admire on a morning walk last weekend
I transplanted a bunch of my aunt’s strawberry plants last week and she let me take some home for myself. I put them in a hanging pot and I didn’t realize the flowers would turn into strawberries so fast!
Strawberries glistening in the sun
My container wildflowers
Another donation from my Aunt Carol: A Fairy Rose bush. I planted it in this pot the other day.
My Bingo roses should be blooming soon!
I planted them a couple weeks ago, but I won these zinnia seeds from a giveaway contest held last month by fellow WordPress blog “Farm Girl Homesteading (Thanks, Deanna!)
Sprouting cilantro and dill
(I don’t know what I’m going to do with the cilantro, I’m not really a fan of it. The majority of seeds I’ve planted this year have come from my aunt.)
One of my blooming pea plants
Carrot sprouts

The cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers I planted never came up, so I bought more seeds and I’m going to try again. I’ve got lots growing, but I want to see everything in FULL swing.

Blessed Beltane and happy spring gardening!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. 😍 Can’t wait to see your zinnias grow and bloom! ❤ It finally stopped raining here long enough for me to plant mine! What a creative idea for a Beltane salad, I wish I would have thought of that! Oh well, there's always next year! 😉

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    1. I will definitely post the zinnias for you to see when they bloom, they’re growing very well!

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