Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Leafy greens with are full of nutritional benefits. They include vitamins A, C, K, B complex, minerals and antioxidants.

Now include things like fennel, raspberries, wheat berries, fresh basil, onion, raw honey, and olive oil, and you have a real nutritiously good plate of food.

How so? Well, let’s examine some of those fresh food ingredients.

Fennel

Fennel Bulb

Fennel is a hardy perennial plant, that is documented as an herb, and all parts of the plant are eaten.

The fennel has yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is a native plant to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Because of its highly aromatic smell and flavor, it has found its way, becoming naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks.

Fennel has found its way into culinary dishes and the medicine cabinet, as it has medicinal uses as well.

The seeds are used whole or are ground into a powder and used in many culinary dishes of India, Pakistan, Ground fennel seedAfghanistan, Iran, and the Middle East.

Fennel has 360 mg of potassium per serving. And Accor to the American Heart Association the more foods that contain potassium that you eat can help keep your blood pressure in normal range.

Raspberries

Bowl of red raspberries According to Lisa R Young, PhD, RDN, author of the book Finally Full, Finally Slim, raspberries are high in the antioxidant vitamin C, perfect for immune health. They also contain the mineral potassium which may help lower blood pressure.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the more potassium you eat, the more sodium you lose when you go to the bathroom. Having less sodium in your system can help ease the tension for your blood vessel walls, which causes high blood pressure.

Raspberries contain 186 milligrams of potassium per cup, which is about 5% of the average daily recommended value.

Fresh Basil

One of the most significant benefits of basil is its contribution to maintaining cardiac health.

The herb is an excellent source of vitamin A, promoting healthy blood vessels and minimizing cholesterol buildup inside the blood vessels.

Basil varieties Depending on the variety, basil can be green, white or purple with a scent reminiscent of lemon, cloves, cinnamon, anise, camphor or thyme.

Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

4 cups of red leaf salad, or leafy spring greens

4 cups basil, fresh

1 fennel, thinly sliced

2 cups raspberries, fresh

1 medium red onion, sliced

6 to 8 ounces goat cheese

1 cup farro or wheat berries, cooked

Raw Honey Vinaigrette

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon raw honey

Make the vinaigrette by adding vinegar, oil, and honey to a jar, cover and shake to combine, and set aside.

Next take the goat cheese and shape into small balls, about 1 inch round, and set aside.

Wheat Berry cooking in olive oilToast cooked wheat berry in one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

Building the Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese SaladStart building the fresh salad by first spreading the leafy greens over a salad platter. Next add the sliced red onion, then the sliced fennel, and lastly the chopped basil.

illustration of chopping basilChop the basil last as it can brown after the inner parts of the leaf act with the air.

It is better to tear the leaves apart, but if you act quickly, you can use a knife to cut several at a time.

As shown in the image, we collected together three leaves, rolled them up and made 4 or 5 slices across the rolled basil. 

The process can go fast, and the basil will not brown. Make sure though, the knife you will use to cut the basil is sharp.

Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad - close up

After building the salad take the goat cheese balls, and roll them in the toasted wheat berries and arrange them on the salad platter.

Next add the raspberries, and drizzle the Raw Honey Vinaigrette over the salad. Plate and serve.

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Caring for Your Flower Garden

Tiny white flowers against the trunk of a cherry tree

Knowing how to care for your flower garden can make a big difference in the look and over-all health of your plants.

Here are some easy tips to help your garden be vibrant with green vegetation and plenty of blossoming flowers.

Tips For a Vibrant Garden

1. The essentials must always be given major consideration

Your flower garden must have an adequate supply of water, sunlight, and fertile soil.

Any lack of these basic necessities will greatly affect the health of plants.

Water the flower garden more frequently during hot dry spells.

Blooming Tulips When planting bulbs, make sure they go at the correct depth.

When planting shrubs and perennials, make sure that you don’t heap soil or mulch up around the base of the plant, 2 to 3 inches is sufficient.

Water well, but avoid standing water as this could damage the shrub or perennial.

Standing water around the base of trees and shrubs will rot the trunk.

2. Mix and match perennials with annuals

Perennial flower bulbs need not to be replanted since they grow and bloom for several years while annuals grow and bloom for only one season.

Mixing a few perennials with annuals ensures that you will always have blooming flowers in your garden.

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3. Deadhead to encourage more blossoms

Dead-heading is a gardening term that refers to the time spent removing faded or old flower blooms to allow the plant to keep blooming longer.

Leaving the faded flowers on the plant will force the plant to produce seeds over the production of more flowers.

Don’t discard dead debris on the garden floor during growing season as mildew and other plant disease will attack your plants.

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4. Know the good from the bad bugs

A butterfly pollinating a Butterfly BushMost garden insects do more good than harm.

Butterflies, beetles and bees are known pollinators. They fertilize plants through unintentional transfer of pollen from one plant to another.

80% of flowering plants rely on insects for survival.

Sow bugs and dung beetles together with fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms are necessary to help in the decomposition of dead plant material, thus enriching the soil and making more nutrients available to growing plants.

Other insects like lacewings and dragonflies are natural predators of those insects that do the real damage, like aphis.

An occasional application of liquid fertilizer when plants are flowering will keep them blooming for longer.

Organic fertilizers are the best to use, and better for the environment.

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5. Some Pruning Tips

potted hanging FuchsiasAlways prune any dead or damaged branches.

Fuchsias are particularly prone to snapping when you brush against them.

The broken branch can be potted to give you a new plant, so it won’t be wasted.

Blooming Forsythia Blooming Lilac Prune lilacs and Forsythias after the flowers bloom and fade.

Flowers bloom from new growth, and pruning in early Spring will only remove the growth that is prepared to produce buds for flowering.

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