Friday, July 18, 2014

Favorite simple garden recipes

During this time of garden season
it seems there are always 3 things in abundance,
green onions, lettuce and cucumbers!

I have to say I very rarely ever get tired of eating any of them.

These two recipes have to be the most basic and the most popular around our summer dinner table.

I could probably eat them every night too!

Lettuce Leaves with Warm Bacon Dressing

Fry 4-5 slices of bacon

Remove the bacon from the pan, but save 2 tbsp of the bacon grease.

In the pan you fried the bacon, add the bacon grease back in.
 to that add;
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup  sugar
1/4 cup water

Bring that to a simmer, stirring so the sugar dissolves.

In a big bowl, mix torn lettuce pieces, a couple of sliced green onions and crumbled bacon.

Pour the warm dressing over the salad.
Toss to mix.

I know I could eat this whole bowl!
(not kidding!)

These are good just like this,
with a little salt and pepper sprinkled on top.

Another tried and true favorite is

Cucumber Salad!

4 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced
5 or 6 green onions sliced

Add these to a big bowl
In another bowl mix,
1 cup sour cream
I did half greek yogurt and half sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 tsp dried dill weed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Pour over the cucumbers and onions.

Mix well.  
I like to chill mine for an hour or so before serving.

Saved this little batch for my lunch.
I was afraid we wouldn't have any leftovers!

I am enjoying every bite of these favorite recipes.
I know that it wont be long before garden season is just a happy memory.

What is your favorite simple garden recipe?



  1. Yummmmmyyyyy!!! So glad you shared these recipes....they look wonderful!! Can't wait to try them!

    1. Thanks Lisa! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Have a great weekend!

  2. Liz, I love eating from the garden this time of year. in fact, I am sharing a post about this in the morning. I am pinning both recipes. I have made cucumber salad and love it, but mine is different. Want to try your recipe and the bacon & lettuce, YUM! Happy to be a new follower.

    1. I make a couple of different cucumber salads through out the season, but this is our favorite. Heading over to read your post! Thanks for following me! :)

  3. I wish I had a garden! I think I could eat the whole bowl of cucumbers!

    1. Wish I could send you some! :)

  4. Oh Liz, that salad looks scrumptious. My cucumbers are not ready (thankfully) yet. I'll have to remember to try these too.

    1. Actually mine aren't ready yet. These came from a neighbor who has way to many for him and his wife. I am glad he shares!

  5. This reminded me of my mother . . . Loved her summertime cucumbers and onions!
    Thanks for the recipes . . .

    1. I think these came from my mother as well. She made the best wilted lettuce on the earth! :)

  6. I really must try the sour cream and cucumber salad, we are forever losing cucumbers in the back of the fridge.

    1. ICK! Don't you hate when that happens? Such a mess!

  7. Thanks Liz! You know I love your recipes and these would be great sides for my dinner table! We often eat tomato salad....tomatoes, onions, cubed mozzarella, basil, smidge of olive oil, and salt and pepper.....great with bread for dunking! Wishing you a great weekend!!! Nicole xo

    1. That is one of my favorites as well! Wish my tomatoes would hurry up so I could make some! Enjoy the week!

  8. Both of those sound delicious, especially the cucumber salad.