Flower Garden Salad Recipe

Welcome to a new week on decor8 and hello everyone -- It’s Liz here with another episode of Food In Motion where Jewels and I show a quick video each month showing what we made recently along with the recipe so you can try it yourself. We alternate months, so I take a month and Jewels takes the next... This month it’s my turn again and I didn't even have to go to the kitchen this time, because we found everything for this salad right in front of our doorstep.

A few weeks ago I was on vacation with my family – first in Südtirol (South Tyrol) and then in our house in the Bavarian Alps. It was great and we enjoyed the time very much with lots of new inspiration and beautiful countryside.

In Bavaria we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon: my cousin and I had the idea of throwing together a real garden salad and our kids loved running through the garden picking dandelion, garden daisies, wild strawberries and other "weeds" that are eatable. It was one of those Sundays I won't forget for a long time, because it was so perfectly relaxed and fun. Just hanging around outside the whole day with family and kids running around. That kind of day you have as a child all the time, but as a grown-up you don't really anymore… you know what I mean? Well, that's when this little video was made. We created a delicious and nutritious salad, collecting "weeds", herbs and plants from the garden.

For those of you who speak German there's a wonderful book I can recommend. It's called "wild kochen" and is written by Anette Eckmann from Denmark. It has beautiful photography and is filled with recipes made from wild plants you find in the garden or forest. On a side note, this is also one of Holly's most beloved cookbooks! Why not try going on a hunt yourself and creating a meal with wild plants?

Garden Salad

GARDEN SALAD (serves two) A handful of each: * bishop's weed * dandelion * ribgrass * lollo rosso * lawn daisies * wild strawberries

Dressing: * 3 tablespoons of olive oil * 2 tablespoons of white balsamic * 1 teaspoon honey * pinch of salt * a bunch of chives

Collect the herbs, lettuce and weeds, wash them and cut them in smaller pieces. Rinse the wild strawberries. For the dressing add oil, balsamic, honey and salt in a jar, close the lid and shake well. Cut up the chives and add them to the dressing, shake again. Assemble the greens in a bowl, add the dressing and toss. Sprinkle with lawn daisies and wild strawberries.

Enjoy! - Liz

(image/video: Lisa Nieschlag)