Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. Spring has sprung and tender greens are poking through the ground. Colorado grows a wide variety of greens, both field and greenhouse, such as arugula, kale, collard and different types of lettuce. Romaine lettuce is sodium free, high in Vitamin A and a good source of folate. Look for Colorado greens at your local grocery store, farmers' market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.
Harvest Chopped Salad
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert
1 Cup Romaine Lettuce, shredded
2 Tbsp. Red Tomato, diced
1 Tbsp. Yellow Tomato, diced
1/4 Cup Cucumber, diced
2 Tbsp. Celery, diced
1 Carrot, diced
2 Tbsp. Black Olive, sliced
2 Tbsp. Garbanzo Beans
2 Tbsp. Provolone Cheese, diced
1 Tbsp. Radish, diced
6 Artichoke Hearts, quartered
Celery Seed to taste
1/4 Cup Ranch or Green Goddess Dressing
Toss lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, celery, carrot, black olives, garbanzo beans and cheese with dressing then garnish with artichoke hearts, radish and celery seed. Great topped with grilled chicken or grilled striped bass.
Enjoy with a glass of Colorado wine such as Dry Riesling from Plum Creek Winery in Palisade, Colorado.