Spring salad greens are filling up the farmer's market booths and our gardens are poppin' with all kinds of greens, both wild and cultivated. Wild greens we love for salads include lamb's quarters (also known as wild spinach), chickweed, dandelion greens, and violet leaf. We've also planted many different kinds of salad greens, including spinach, baby pac choi and tat soi, lettuce, baby kales & chard....ahhh, there's so many! And with edible flowers & garden herbs, the local flora is shouting "MAKE ME INTO A SALAD!"
Yes, we will.
All of us here at Farmstead Ferments are wild about incorporating our fermented foods into everything we eat. They are so good for you and make every plate more delicious that we can't help but experiment. And while we do experiment quite a bit, we also love the classic salads and the good ol' KRAUT JUICE VINAIGRETTE which has been a stand by since we all started making kraut years ago.
A vinaigrette is a basically just oil & vinegar emulsified. I love playing around with vinaigrettes, they're fun and forgiving. As long as you have some kind of oil (olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, etc.) and some kind of vinegar (apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, herbal or fruit infused vinegar, etc.), you've got vinaigrette potential. Once you have the basics, you can play around with it from there, adding fruits, garlic, mustards, honey, maple syrup, herbs and.... KRAUT JUICE!
Kraut Juice is the live and naturally fermented brine from our krauts, we have many different flavors - correlating to the krauts we offer.
Here's a wonderful recipe for a KIMCHI Kraut Juice Vinaigrette. Please feel free to take this recipe and run with it, adding whatever ingredients you have in the kitchen & whatever excites you at the time.
Kraut Juice Vinaigrette
1/3 cup Farmstead Ferments KIMCHI Kraut Juice
1/3 cup Virginia Vinegar Works White Wine Vinegar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Squeeze of one orange plus zest
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mix all together in a medium sized bowl except for olive oil. Whisk in olive oil slowly, to emulsify.
Enjoy over spring greens! Add additional salad ingredients if you wish, but it's pretty perfect on it's own.