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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Spring Greens Salad w/ Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Common Salad Green Chart
We've had some very hot weather the past week or so...I'm talking 80+F! It seems like we skipped right over Spring and went two feet into Summer. 
While I'm not complaining, it has been very nice and sunny, I wasn't quite expecting this so soon. Luckily our garden is over-joyed about the weather blossoming, sprouting and blooming. 
This has lead to an abundance of leafy greens, perfect for light Spring/Summer Salads on these hot days. Since we are growing our vegetables for Summer, I like to grow a wide variety of leafy greens so as not to get bored.

For this Spring Salad I used a mix of lettuce, spinach, chard, and sprouts, then topped it with a tart honey lemon poppy seed dressing. This dish is a perfectly simple appetizer or side dish; the dressing complements the individual flavors of the greens without over powering them, while the carrot adds a hint of sweetness, and the hemps seeds an extra bit of crunch and a whopping 10g of protein.

Here are my recipes for Spring Greens Salad and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:

Serves 4-6


A Handful Each of Red Sail Lettuce, Spinach,
Green Oak Lettuce, Butter Crunch, MicroGreens (Mustard, Kale & Beet),
Swiss Chard, and Pea Shoots
1 Large Carrot, julienned
2 Tblsp Hemp Seeds

For Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing- 6oz:

2 Tblsp Poppy Seeds
4 Tbslp Apple Cider Vinegar
4 Tblsp Avocado Oil
2 Tblsp Raw Honey*
Pinch of Salt
*Vegan- Agave Nectar

Prep Work: Clean and tear Greens; Clean, peel, and cut carrot. Make up the dressing.

Directions: Add all your ingredients in a bowl and mix throughly. Add a light coating of the Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing and toss before serving.



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