Creamy Spring Garden Salad – Весенний Овощной Салат

Creamy Spring Garden Salad (500x334) Spring has been a bit of a slowpoke this year to arrive up North. I haven’t noticed much of a difference here in Florida, but I’ve seen pictures that some of you Northerners have posted on Facebook and Instagram of snow when it’s supposed to be green and sunny already.

I was talking to my Mom the other day and she mentioned that she will be starting to plant the garden soon. Talks about the garden give me a longing deep inside and spark up visions of my future dream home, including a large garden in the backyard. I always enjoyed having a garden as I was growing up. It was so rewarding to sit down to dinner with plate of new potatoes and a bright and crunchy salad. I didn’t even mind the weeding. Our trick was to garden in the mornings or evenings, when it wasn’t too hot. I have so many great memories of talking to my Mom or my siblings as we kneeled next to the beets, tomatoes, peppers and dill, while weeding, pruning or watering the plants.

We ate variations of this salad all summer long, pretty much every day. For me, it symbolized the arrival of spring and was always such a happy occasion. If you ever had a garden of your own, you know what I mean when I say that home-grown, organic vegetables can’t even remotely compare to store bought. Enjoy this salad while I reminisce and get a little bit homesick for my childhood home.

Ingredients:

1 pint grape tomatoes, approximately 2 cups

3 small cucumbers, sliced

4-6 radishes, sliced

2 cups shredded lettuce, such as green leaf lettuce

1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper

green onion, dill, minced

Cut the tomatoes in half.

You can use regular tomatoes, if you’d like, just seed the tomato and chop it into 1/2 inch cubes. Sliced grape tomatoes (500x334) Slice the cucumbers. Sliced cucumbers (500x334) The radishes and the lettuce would be some of the first vegetables to grow.

My mom always had this baby lettuce that was absolutely amazing. I can never find it in the grocery stores, but that’s probably because she ate it while it still wasn’t fully grown. I really wish I could find some here. I use green leaf lettuce and it works well too.

Thinly slice the radishes. Cut the lettuce finely. sliced radishes (500x334)

shredded green leaf lettuce (500x334) Add the fresh minced herbs.  Add the sour cream or Greek yogurt and toss gently.

At first it will seem as though the sour cream won’t get incorporated into the salad, but have patience, it eventually will. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. spring garden salad (500x334)

Creamy Spring Garden Salad (500x334)

Creamy Spring Garden Salad
 
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Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, approximately 2 cups
  • 3 small cucumbers, sliced
  • 4-6 radishes, sliced
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce, such as green leaf lettuce
  • ½ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon salt, black pepper
  • green onion, dill
Instructions
  1. Cut the tomatoes in half. You can use regular tomatoes, if you'd like, just seed the tomato and chop it into ½ inch cubes.
  2. Slice the cucumbers.
  3. Thinly slice the radishes.
  4. Cut the lettuce finely. Add the fresh minced herbs.
  5. Add the sour cream or Greek yogurt and toss gently. At first it will seem as though the sour cream won't get incorporated into the salad, but have patience, it eventually will. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

 
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  1. Shirley says

    Uh Olga…you take wonderful photographs of your recipes. Whenever I visit your blog , pictures make me crave for your cooked food.

    I m planning to make creamy salad tomorrow..I know how to make Greek yogurt but it takes so much effort…so could plz guide me to make sour cream at home as we donot get it in grocery stores in India.

    • says

      Hi Shirley!
      Thanks for your sweet comment.
      I have never made sour cream at home, since it’s available everywhere here. Sorry.

      • Oksana says

        Hi, we actually had a similar salad yesterday. (we didn’t have lettuce on hand though). I like to use mayonnaise instead of sour cream, even though its a bit more fattier, just decrease the amount of salt in the salad then. I see that Olga has homemade lettuce recipe posted. Hope that helps

        • says

          Hmmm. There’s a recipe for homemade lettuce? I’ve never heard of that.
          I prefer this salad with sour cream. I like the tang and brightness that it gives while still being creamy.

          • Oksana says

            I’m so sorry, that was supposed to be homemade mayonnaise instead of lettuce, that was a weird mistake. I never heard of homemade lettuce either, lol. Sometimes we do a mix of both, mayo and sour cream, it does give it a certain different taste too.

      • Shirley says

        Dear Olga,
        I tried with a different grocery store …they have separate section for international food…. I bagged sour cream n Greek yoghurt…I prepared the same salad with kotleti-po-kievski for dinner…it turned out so juicy n tasty…Thanks Olga for details that u add while writing post and step by step recipe with photographs.
        I read your another blog…I was touched. I love u more now after knowing more about you.
        May God bless u more and more and u grow in faith.

  2. Cynthia says

    I just made this. It was so good! I found baby lettuce at the store so I used that because you said it would be good for this salad. I love creamy salads anyways, but I’ve never made my own creamy salad dressing with dill before. Thanks!

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