It has been a very long 6 weeks of preparing our garden for the summer season and now we are able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labours. There is still a few little jobs to do and of course general maintenance but now we are seeing grass coming up and our vegetable kitchen garden taking shape. I made sure I planted the herbs and vegetables that I use most when cooking and so far the bunnies have chosen not to demolish it. I think moving our garden closer to the house and having a crazy pooch about the yard has deterred them for now.

In the garden I planted kale, spinach, radish, carrot, asparagus, sun choke and a truck load of tomatoes and peppers. I also have a dedicated area of beautiful herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme, chives and basil. This will be the season of amazing salads if I play my cards right.

This salad is a simple take on a regular caesar salad but with a great take on regular bread crumbs. They are made of nuts and fresh herbs so not only are they gluten free but they are much higher in protein and flavour. When processing the nuts be sure to whiz them well so you don’t end up with big chinks.

For the dressing I have suggested to use almond meal but if you feel ambitious you could opt to use whole raw almonds but they will have to be soaked for at lease 12 hours. This will give the dressing a lovely creamy texture.

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