Carrots, Beans & Baby Veggies + Salad Recipe

Friday, July 22, 2016

While I've been waiting for everything that is behind on growth to produce some fruit, I've been eating lots of the green and yellow bush beans. They're starting to show signs of winding down, which makes me a little sad. I think it's too hot to plant them again right now on my patio. I might be able to get them to grow if I plant them on my front porch, so, who knows, maybe I'll end up with another crop this year.

Fresh picked beans from my patio garden. // WWW.THEJOYBLOG.NET

I've been anxiously watching the baby melons on the Minnesota Midget plant to see if they're getting pollinated and growing. Every single one of them has been tiny and I wasn't sure they were getting any attention from the bees. Turns out they are, check out this one that I found hiding. It's definitely taking off! I expect a decent little crop of melons this year with all the baby ones growing right now.

Baby Minnesota Midget Melons // WWW.THEJOYBLOG.NET

I've also been waiting for my carrots to grow! The tops are all tall and lovely. Today, I decided to thin them out since I planted them a little bit thicker than you're supposed to. I was pleasantly surprised to find some adorable (and delicious) baby carrots!

Baby carrots and beans from the patio garden // WWW.THEJOYBLOG.NET

I washed them and admired the beauty of their orange-ness. It seems I like orange-ness a lot around here. I have orange couch pillows, an orange shelf in my kitchen, and a couple of orange cats. I even tried to dye my hair copper-blond earlier this year. Some would say, orange-ness is kind of my thing. (Just kidding, no one says that.)

Baby carrots and beans from the patio garden // WWW.THEJOYBLOG.NET

I took the handful of beans and carrots, chopped them up with some deli-turkey, pepperoni, cucumbers and lettuce, sprinkled them with shredded parmesan cheese and doused it all with some zesty Italian dressing.



++ What's your favorite garden salad ingredient?




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7 comments

  1. This sounds amazing! And loved that you used fresh produce. <3

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    1. It was! It may not be the prettiest salad ever made, but it wasn't half bad. :)

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  2. Yes! I love fresh veggies out of our garden, too! Nothing beats that fresh salad that you made yourself!

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    1. I get so excited when my garden produces because nothing tastes as good as fresh garden veggies.

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  3. (Hi Lana!) Its like I always say, orangeness is your thing ;) So we've got some green beans going in our garden, but I've never chopped them up for a salad, we just usually cook them. I'm going to try it- do you prefer them raw?

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    1. So, I love raw veggies. If you've never eaten them raw, it's worth a try. I have been eating them like that since I was a kid. They are always super good steamed and stuff, too, though. Worth a try right? Just eat one, and see if you like it. I can pretty much make a salad out of any raw veggie combo and be happy with it.

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  4. Oh yum! I love fresh from the garden vegetables!

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