Garden salad, literally…

Quick, sun warm garden salad, from the garden… We have a 15 year old, very tall, super happy spruce in our garden. The previous owners planted it. It reminds me of home and how we used to pick and eat all edible leaves, sap and needles when I was little. The young shoots have come out on the spruce and I wanted to incorporate them in a dish. The garden salad was born with all edible leaves from the garden at this moment. I left the dandelion and the nettle leaves  out as I’m saving them for the weekend and cheated with a shop bought tomato in the dressing and raw asparagus from the allotment. We have rocket, vietnamese coriander, nasturtium leaves, parsley, mint, oregano, thyme, fennel leaves and lots of young tangy spruce shoots. A very flavoursome salad, just the way I like it and I think this took less than five minutes to make. I love how all the leaves have literally just been picked and are still warm from the sun and the fact that this salad will grow and evolve with the seasons as more plants, flowers and leaves come out.

For the dressing I blended a tomato, half a red onion and garlic with salt and olive oil.


  • All edible leaves, herbs, shoots and needles from the garden.
  • young spruce needles
  • rocket
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • vietnamese coriander
  • mint
  • parsley
  • fennel leaves
  • nasturtium leaves
  • dressing:
  • a tomato
  • half a red onion
  • garlic clove
  • salt & pepper
  • olive oil

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