Baba Summer Salad

My Baba's Fabulous Summer Salad

I miss my Baba. She’s been gone from the planet for many years now. I still remember her awesome home-made summer salads directly from her garden. She always grew a huge vegetable garden, even while in her 90s. She would never dream of using poisons on her precious vegetable patch. Now, that woman knew how to grow an organic garden even before the word “organic” was used to describe produce. It was just real produce, none of that GMO stuff and none of the toxic sprays used these days so liberally on our food. Most unfortunately, sometimes what is called “progress” is anything but progress. Baba just knew how to grow real food — healthy food. In fact, she never served a hamburger once to us grand-kids. I never even knew what a hamburger was until I left home and went to live in the city at the age of 16. In the past several years I began fondly remembering how she had a special way to make her most delicious salad. I have never tasted a more delectable salad before or since those fabulous summer salads she lovingly prepared for us grand-kids. She would pick all the ingredients she needed from her wonderful, flourishing garden, put it in a big bowl, and serve us kids the most luscious salad. Oh, how I looked forward to those delicious salads.

Okay, so I have now resurrected the recipe and have been making it for myself and my partner for several years now. It’s so good I decided I can’t keep it to myself. Here’s what I do:

My Baba’s Summer Salad


1 package of bacon, chopped into bits and fried
1 head of lettuce, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 or 2 collard leaves, chopped into bite-size pieces
2 sticks Celery, chopped
handful of fresh chives, chopped
handful of fresh dill, chopped
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
6 radishes, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 large container of cottage cheese
2 tablespoons of whipping cream
juice of half lemon, squeezed
sea salt to taste
black pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together and serve!

Yield: 4 – 6 servings



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