I’ve seen this theme over and over again – joy is tucked inside the micromoments of life and its up to each of us to look for them in the simplest of places that speaks to our own unique, individual hearts.
To no surprise, my micromoments of joy have been found out in the garden here lately.
Grabbing a wood bowl, the kitchen shears and a basket and going see what has peeked above surface and snipping away.
The new found favorites are microgreens. They sprouted within days and were harvested in just a couple weeks time. These are an absolute must try!
What’s been fun is combining the microgreens with random herbs and figuring out different flavor profiles.
Try a combo. of chives and garlic or add in sprigs of other herb varieties:
- Lemon Balm
- Broccoli Raab sprouts
- Arugula sprouts
- Kale sprouts
The color and texture combination alone has been stunning.
This is going to sound a little bit out there but I had heard that the process of hand washing home-grown fresh greens and herbs in a water bath can be extremely cathartic.
You guys – they weren’t wrong.
It’s actually crazy relaxing especially when you use things you love like an artisan crafted wooden bowl, a flour sack towel handed down from my mom and none other than your own hands.
The scent alone is to die for!
Drying and Dressing
One of the simple secrets of salad making is to make sure that all the leaves are completely dry before adding the dressing.
As the saying goes, oil and water don’t mix so if water is on the greens, the dressing will otherwise drip off the leaves instead of adhering to it. Surprisingly, drying the leaves truly makes a huge difference.
Of course, I got so caught up in the process that I forgot to nab a pic of the herbs and greens laid out to dry on the vintage flour sack towel.
It was so beautiful and a piece of art in and of itself.
To dress the salad, it is as simple as adding the herbs and microgreens to a bowl, squeezing fresh lemon across the top with a light drizzle of olive oil and finishing it off with a quick sprinkle of kosher salt.
Nothing fancy about it at all but the flavor profile….WOW!!
I’m not sure if the pictures do it justice but I almost want to have a class on this process to show everyone just how truly amazing it is!
Inspiration strikes in the craziest of places. I truly never thought I would find it in artisan salad making at home.
Please don’t let the pictures fool you, there isn’t some big, fancy garden.
These are tiny herbs, tiny greens, tiny sprigs of joy sprouting up from the diy garden boxes beautifully crafted by my husband and sons. My happiness level increases a thousand fold just by walking out there.
Whether it is in a garden or behind a camera or not, I hope you are searching for your micro-filled moments of joy too.
Despite what the world may be telling you, they are everywhere if you just take time to look.