Sweet Spring Lettuce from the Garden!

There is nothing quite like the miracle that takes place in a garden.  No matter how many years pass by, it never fails to amaze me how fresh, nourishing vegetables sprout and grow from tiny little seeds when the weather begins to warm up with the help of spring rain.  It truly never fails to amaze and delight me!  And only a few times a year (spring and fall) when the temperatures are not scorching hot, do we receive the pleasure of sweet tender loose leaf lettuce!

This lettuce is just gorgeous all picked and cleaned up in a bowl, ready to toss in a very simple olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette!  Nothing fancy or heavy is needed.
Below, the lettuce blend is all dressed with the addition of some sliced green onions, so what would be perfect to pair this salad with?

You got it!  A simple and perfect pasta dish tossed with olive oil, butter, salt and pepper and a dash of Italian seasonings.  A toasted piece of garlic bread tops its all out.  This is Italian cooking at it’s simplest and most enjoyable!

And if you’ve never had a lettuce sandwich before, you’ve got to try it (below).  It is the same lettuce and vinaigrette served inside two plain slices of bread (Italian or French is the best, but here I only had regular bread).
For the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Spaghetti with Garlic and Olive Oil), also lovingly known as pasta ‘bianco’ above (white pasta) in my family, simply toss it in melted butter, a little bit of olive oil, some minced garlic cloves, and sprinkles with freshly cracked sea salt and black pepper.

The sweetness of the spring lettuce shines over the plain bread with the tones of the vinaigrette adding a delicate punch of flavor on top.  Just delicious!
Add a little glass of wine and you have a perfect spring meal to enjoy!
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Comments

  1. When lettuce leaves are fresh and not trucked in they are as alluring as chocolate. Am so glad I am not the only one who loves lettuce sandwiches!

  2. What a lovely idea. This is new to me and I must try it. My little town has two sources for organic veggies very close to where I live. The freshness will add a wonderfu quality. Can’t wait!

  3. so fun to see it turn into a dish! yum and fresh!

  4. no way! Oh my its beautiful! Oh wishing i had some fresh lettuce right now! Perfection! Perfection!

  5. Looks delicious Roz! We woke up to snow this morning so there goes all our stuff we planted :( hopefully next week we can start all over again!

    Have a wonderful week!

  6. Your lettuces look very good Roz and we are getting good use of ours as well.

  7. It would be fantastic to have your own lettuce in your garden. You really have a green thumb Roz. How fun.
    Sam

  8. I want to grow some lettuce in a pot on my porch. It looks so yummy!

  9. I haven’t been able to grow lettuce, because our garden space is limited to herbs and tomatoes. At least I can buy fresh, organic lettuce just down the road. There is nothing fresh salad, and that very light dressing is beautiful. Simple is best. Looks great.

  10. I love how fresh and brightly colored the lettuce is in the spring, yours looks amazing–jealous! anne

  11. Your photos are absolutely beautiful and SO incredibly appetizing. Thank you so much for introducing yourself on my blog today. I can’t wait to look around and find more of your delicious recipes!

  12. With any luck my lettuce will be ready to eat in about a week. I love fresh garden lettuce.

  13. It’s Autumn here and I can only hope :)

  14. Our lettuce in our hoop house kept us going this winter but it has not bolted. I have got to get some planted in the regular garden. You have inspired me!

  15. Roz,
    There is nothing like a home garden! Your lettuce looks beautiful.

  16. I’ve never had a lettuce sandwich, but anything yummy between 2 slices of bread is fine by me :) Have a wonderful week, Roz! xo

  17. wow!! what a beautiful salad!! i wish you lived closer so I could steal some lettuce/arugula from you! :)

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