This low maintenance mix of arugula, perpetual spinach and sorrel, will rival any annual “spring greens mix” or “mescluns”, without the hassle of constantly re-sowing, or successive planting. In my garden the perennial greens are much more drought tolerant than the annual greens,(I have a very droughfull sandy garden) and don’t get bitter like lettuce when I am lazy about watering. The perennial greens have done so well I don’t think I am going to bother with lettuce next year?
Sylvetta Arugula: Dark green spicy arugula will grow into a full sprawling loose looking bush about 2’ tall and wide covered in masses of traditional lobed arugula leaves. Frequently flowers spring through fall with many tiny edible yellow blooms . It self seeds like crazy which is not a bad thing I you like arugula!
Perennial Spinach: Also known as spinach beet this was green in my garden all year long last year thanks to our mild winter! This is a form of chard that is grown and used like spinach, it doesn’t get large like chard at full size the plants are spinach size. it has a milder flavor than chard, less oxalic acid than spinach, with a touch of bitterness.
Sorrel: The delicate lemony leaves add a bright flavor and texture to mixed greens, the leaves are very tender with a lot of water content I find they are a nice refreshing contrast to other autumn greens which tend to be tougher in texture like kale, arugula, and corn salad.
Perennial Salad Greens with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Traditional vinaigrette is mixed at 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, technically speaking my recipe is not a true vinaigrette, you can add more oil if you like, but I personally prefer a 1 to 1 ratio when using balsamic. The above mix of greens balances really well with the sweetness of the vinaigrette. You need about one salad spinner full of equal parts arugula, sorrel, and Perennial spinach, wash well, trim, and tear into bite sized pieces.
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbl Balsamic Vinegar
Keep whisking and slowing stream in
2 tbl Olive Oil
Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, toss with greens and impress your friends with this delicious low maintenance salad!