Spring Farm Salad
20 Min

Spring Farm Salad

From finely decorated cookies and cakes to the delicate pinwheels of sushi many of us marvel at, we eat with our eyes as much as we do with our mouths. Yet there is little we can create with our hands that can match the pure beauty of what nature produces. The beautiful produce of a Texas spring, from the purple and red radishes to bright green heads of fennel with ethereal green tips, epitomizes this. Which is why when I spotted these breathtakingly beautiful oak lettuces at Goodthyme Farm from Bellville Texas, I wanted to make a salad that kept that beauty intact. They are disc shaped red and green flower like heads of lettuces with a delicate flavor. This salad is as simple as a salad can get and may take you less than 10 minutes to make. The lettuce is soft and buttery, the radish adds a bite, and the sesame provides the crunch. The keys in making this salad is first, finding a shallow bowl that will fit the entire head of lettuce and next, to keep the shape of the lettuce head as intact as possible while making the salad.

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Cook Time

20 Minutes



Step 1
To make the dressing, in a small frying pan over high heat, warm up the olive oil until hot, then add the cumin seeds. The cumin will pop and sizzle (this only takes a few seconds), then turn the heat off. Add the lemon juice, serrano, and salt.
Step 2
Tear the lettuce in clumps and arrange it on a serving bowl. Scatter the red lettuce through the green on put the red towards the center.
Step 3
Spread the radish slices over the salad greens and tuck the mint leaves into the lettuce as well.
Step 4
Toss the mango over the lettuce and sprinkle the sesame seeds over the entire salad.
Step 5
Pour the dressing over the entire salad and serve.

2 heads of lettuce, one green and one red

1 purple radish, cut into thin wheels

1/2 cup loose mint leaves

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 large or 2 small ripe Atulfo mango, cut into ½-inch cubes


3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 small serrano, finely minced (optional)

Juice of 2 lemons

Generous pinch salt

Notes & Variations

  • Add crumbled cheese like goat, feta or grated Parmesan to the salad
  • Skip the cumin seeds and add sliced garlic instead or use other seeds like mustard or fennel.
  • The serrano pepper really adds not only a touch of heat but also flavor to the salad. If skipping it, add a generous pinch of freshly crushed black pepper
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