Arizona

Nature Photography: Ripening Lettuce

Here’s what’s growing in my side yard. And it’s almost salad time!

Nature photography - ripening lettuce in Tucson, Arizona

In honor of this milestone, it’s time to make some salad dressing. Here’s my recipe for Salad Dressing Picante:

  • One part vinegar to three parts oil
  • Grown-and-dried-on-the-premises rosemary
  • Grown-and-dried-on-the-premises red chili peppers (coarsely ground with mortar and pestle)
  • Salt

I don’t have hard-and-fast measurements for the dry ingredients. I just add enough to please my palate.

Last step is to put everything in a glass jar and let it sit for a day or so. This allows the liquid to soak into the rosemary and the chili to release their flavors.

When the dressing’s ready, I’ll harvest some lettuce and enjoy a home-grown salad.

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