Using fresh, seasonal vegetables heightens the incredible flavors of this Thai inspired grilled pork and vegetable salad, an easy, 30 minute one dish meal.
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Creating main dish salads like this Thai style grilled pork and vegetable salad is one of my favorite ways to use the garden’s produce – whether you’ve grown them yourself or bought from a farmer’s market or local store.
You know, when I was first learning to garden I concentrated on flowers (at one point I counted almost 50 roses on our 50 x 100 city lot!) and only added a few small raised beds to grow a couple tomato plants, lettuce, and a few other vegetables just because it seemed the thing to do. I really wasn’t invested in it, though, until I saw – and felt – how easy it was to grow the food we ate.
I remember specifically a simple meal we ate outside with some friends where I was able to say that ALL the produce had come from my garden. What a feeling – I had no idea how it would affect me! I started converting flower beds to vegetable beds that fall – and dreaming of moving to more property so I could grow more – corn, potatoes, dry beans & whatever I wanted.
And I’ve heard I’m not alone – most gardener’s goal throughout the growing season is to be able to say, “I grew this” at meals, making the phrase “garden to table” a real, everyday occurrence. And once the soil is prepared and the seeds and starts are planted, the biggest garden chore is watering (not weeding if you plan for an easy care garden!) and your garden should keep you in produce for many months (and longer if you preserve the harvest).
Which is why I value investing in good watering equipment – soaker hoses, brass quick connect ends and quality hoses like the Gilmour Flexogen. Flexogen’s layer of oxygen-infused foam increases its flexibility, making it easy to pull through all the corners of our raised-bed garden to water and then coil back up for storage – all while maintaining Flexogen’s signature durability to last for many seasons. And things need to last on our property, since we don’t have the space to store all our hoses at the end of every season.
Grilled Pork and Vegetable Salad
This salad? Gather your seasonal produce: cabbage, onions, carrots, snap and/or snow peas in spring and early summer or green beans, red peppers, zucchini, and onions later in the season. Do a bit of chopping, mix up a dressing, grill pork and some of the vegetables and make a unique and easy summertime main dish salad!
Once you make this one-dish meal, I know you will be making it again – and who knows, maybe you’ll start converting more of your property to vegetables (if you don’t already) so you’ll be able to say “I grew this,” too!