The Carol Recipe Album And A Wildcrafted Salad

Wildcrafted Salad Photo from Unsplash.com Carol Recipe Album and dandelion greens on orange background

Wildcrafting is defined as the gathering of plants (often greens) from their natural or “wild” habitat. Normally this is done for culinary or medicinal purposes. Perhaps it is a throwback to our early ancestors who were foragers as well as planters that we annually scour the outdoors to find nature’s bounty. Wild greens have better flavor when gathered early in the spring while they are still young and tender. March is a good month to begin harvesting from nature’s “salad bowl” if your taste buds yearn for food that can be a bit piquant in nature.

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Carol Recipe Album 

Annie Recipe Album on peach background

Kim & Ink’s Original Design “Carol” recipe album was created in memory of a dear friend.

Carol was a nature-girl.  She grew up in a small town, but when she married and moved to a farm very near wild country, she came “home.”  She loved having her house in the middle of the forest, where she could walk out and harvest wild beauty to transplant in her own magnificent yard.

It’s not easy to uproot wild plants and grow them successfully in a domestic garden, but Carol could.

Her yard was an adventurous mix of wild and cultivated flowers, annuals and perennials, with something always in abundant bloom.

And her vegetable garden… Well, I’ll just say, I grew up with a mother who grew a huge garden every year, but I never knew you could have a garden like Carol’s.  Her talents for gardening reflected one of the most artistic souls I have ever known.

That art came into her house, too.  Woodsy, twiggy wreaths hung over her mantle long before the blogging world discovered DIY.  She could have written all the tutorials you could wish for on decorating with nature.

In winter her house smelled of pine branches, cinnamon and cedar.  Every table, fireplace mantel, and kitchen space was adorned with festive branches and berries.

I absolutely loved sinking deep into her sofa with a luxe throw, breathe in the scents, stare into the fire, and nearly doze off while the rest visited.  One tended to get lethargic after one of her delicious meals.

Meals that always included fresh goodness of some sort.  I don’t know if she actually ever gathered greens from the woods for her salads, but her salads were always unique and delicious.

This salad is perfect for her namesake album:

Wildcrafted Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette

 

 

Wildcrafted Salad Photo from Unsplash.com with dandelion greens on orange background

Some commonly found wild greens to incorporate into a salad are watercress, dandelion, ramp leaves, plantain, chickweed, wood sorrel, garlic mustard, lamb’s quarters, bee balm, and wild mint.  I can’t claim to know anything about foraging for greens, other than in a domestic garden.  Your local Agricultural University website should have greens listed that could be found in your neck of the woods.

Make your salad with common garden variety greens, then add any wild greens you have available as accent.

Toast nuts and seeds to sprinkle on top of your greens.  Fruits and berries are a great addition, too.

This salad doesn’t have a recipe.  Create your mix, then top it with this superb dressing.

Raspberry Vinaigrette on Carol Recipe Album Page

Carol Recipe Page Raspberry Vinaigrette

 

Kim & Ink’s Kitchen Collection of Recipe Albums are practical 7″x9″ vinyl binders, with original designs inside the clear cover envelopes.  They have the look of Gramma’s recipe book, but will stay beautiful with wipe-clean covers.

The Tabbed Category page designs are printed on heavy coated paper for wipe-able durability.

Each album contains 20 matching recipe pages, which are lightly lined for you to handwrite your recipes.  Just like Gramma did.

You can buy the Carol Recipe Album here.

Have you ever wildcrafted a salad?

Which edible wild greens can you find in your area?

2 Comments

  1. Linda at Mixed Kreations

    This sounds interesting being able to forage for salad. I love salads and would love to try one of these picked from nature. But around here theirs to much poisons used. 😔

    1. Dorothy

      Yes, that is the case in too many areas anymore, isn’t it? Carol and I grew up in Canada, and she lived even closer to deep woods than I did. I don’t know how much she used wild edible greens, more for decor and plantings. Fascinating idea, though, right?

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