Early Garden Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

The garden feasting has begun! Over the past couple of days the garden has really taken off and we are now enjoying straight-from-the-garden meals.  So far, it's lots of greens and a handful of radishes, but with the addition of some asparagus from my mom and a few spring onions from our neighbor, it feels like we've landed smack in the middle of summer.

And now the fun begins as well: working my way through all of the garden recipes I've been saving up since last summer.  There really is nothing better than some of the first salads out of the garden: the greens are young and tender, the mesclun is wild and colorful, and it's the perfect excuse to take an early taste of the largest radish or onion in the garden.  Throw in a delicious homemade salad dressing and you've the perfect taste of early summer. 

Early Garden Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Salad: Mesclun greens, leaf lettuce, spinach, asparagus (one spear per serving, use a vegetable peeler to shave ribbons), red spring onion (sliced), and radish (sliced).

Poppy Seed Vinaigrette:
1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar (use more or less, depending on how sweet you prefer your dressing)
1/2 cup vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar)
1 Tablespoon grated onion
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

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