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 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 ~
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!