How to Grow and Prepare the Best Summer Salad


mesclun salad mix 

Harvesting greens for a dinner salad is a breeze when you plant a mesclun mix.

Salad is perhaps the easiest summer dish to prepare—just tear some lettuce leaves into a bowl and drizzle on a dressing, right? Maybe so, but I like a salad whose texture and flavor profiles are a bit more complex. Here’s how I make it happen.

Salad greens are the first thing to come up in my garden. And am I ever ready for them after a long winter! I’d get tired of plain green salads in a hurry, though. So, I plant lots of varieties of salad greens. Just a few of each variety so I’m not overwhelmed. Then I succession plant every few weeks until the weather gets too warm for these cool-season lovers.

Select Tasty Seeds

A good mesclun mix is my go-to salad seed packet. I mix it up even more with buttercrunch along with red orach and merlot and lolla rossa lettuces for a pop of color. A few mizuna and arugula seeds guarantee extra flavor oomph. I also plant several radish varieties for crunch and zest. They’re ready about the same time as the greens.

handful of radishes

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