No Mandrakes; just onions

I made a salad using my lettuce and newly picked onions from the garden to go with a spaghetti dinner one night.

Lettuce, chopped onion, carrot and cucumber slices, feta chunks and a Dijon vinaigrette.
Lettuce, chopped onion, carrot and cucumber slices, feta chunks and a Dijon vinaigrette.

It’s delicious. Earlier that day, I had picked the onions because they were toppling over. I slowly and gently wrestled them out of the ground. I was hoping a Mandrake baby would be at the other end, red-faced and shrieking while Professor Sprout looked over my shoulder. Instead, they looked like this.

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These are mild green onions. They are perfect for salads or tacos or baked potatoes or eating raw. I cleaned the four (that’s the downfall of a container garden: not a big yield), chopped one for the salad, and sealed three into a Ziploc bag for later.
I started them from bulbs and waited to harvest them until the stems were falling over in the pot.
I started them from bulbs and waited to harvest them until the stems were falling over in the pot.

For my vinaigrette, I whisk together 2 parts olive oil and 3 parts vinegar (I’ve used red wine or balsamic, but I like red wine because it’s tangier), a dollop of Dijon or some sort of mustard (spicy, grainy, honey mustard), 1 shake of salt and 3 – 4 shakes of black pepper. It’s basic; I learned it from my mom; and I’m sure you all make some version of it yourselves. I could eat it with a spoon it’s so good. I do eat it with a spoon, but don’t spread that around the office. I used it as a pasta sauce in France, and I’ve poured it over grated green cabbage, carrots, onions, apple chunks and Craisins for a vinegar-y, tangy-sweet coleslaw.

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2 thoughts on “No Mandrakes; just onions

  1. I like hearing about your gardening . I am quite impressed with what you’re doing! My efforts are all flowers! Hmmm. But they are beautiful. Your folks planted some of their perennials in my garden a couple of years ago. It is fun to be surprised every spring with what comes up!

    Love, Marci

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