7 types of salad for your garden
Fresh, juicy, unique summer salads have long become not only very popular, but also a popularly beloved vegetable. Bright greens that allow you to experiment with ingredients and enrich the daily menu while reducing its calorie content is suitable not only for decorating dishes and as a source of vitamins and minerals. These one-year “early ripening” is very easy to grow, they are able to impress with a variety of taste and decorative characteristics.
The unique composition of salads
Salads are valuable not only because they are one of the lowest-calorie vegetables (only 16 kcal per 100 g of net leaf weight). The absence of heavy fats and carbohydrates is by no means the main feature of the composition of your favorite greens.
Salads are a source of easily digestible fiber, proteins and organic acids, including folic. But their main “trump card” is the vitamin-mineral composition, which includes all B vitamins, beta-carotene, choline, vitamins A, PP, H, E, C, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, selenium, iodine, sulfur , cobalt and a few dozen more elements.
The benefits and culinary talents of salads
Salads are useful not only as an indispensable component of a healthy diet and a source of nutrients. They allow you to balance the diet and improve the digestibility of protein foods, effectively build nutrition for various diseases, weight loss, are indispensable for the diet of athletes.
All salads have a beneficial effect on the vision and functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, contribute to the regulation of salt balance, stabilization of the nervous system and the normal functioning of the cardiovascular. Due to the unique composition, salads improve blood composition, in particular, increase the level of red blood cells, enhance lactation, remove toxins, lower cholesterol, and promote healthy sleep.
Active use of salads also contributes to the maintenance of beauty and health. Salad juice strengthens hair and prevents hair loss; when used in cosmetic procedures - masks, complexes, lotions - it supports the skin's silkiness, moisturizes and tones.
Spicy salads contain mustard oil and are distinguished by antiseptic properties. They lower blood pressure, have a light diuretic effect, strengthen the immune system.
And with all this, salads are extremely tasty! Only spicy and spicy salads are used for heat treatment or as a seasoning, but fresh use opens up unlimited possibilities. They provide a huge scope for culinary imagination, because changing the dressing, the type of oil, additional ingredients, you can endlessly enrich your menu with new options for surprisingly light and deliciously fresh salads and snacks, join the trends in haute cuisine, which without salads is simply impossible.
A few leaves added to your favorite dish will help make your diet more healthy and balanced. Moreover, all salads are perfectly combined not only with each other, but with any other products - from meat and fish to seafood, vegetables, fruits, legumes, etc.
Salad Decorative Talents
Salads are a real decoration of any kitchen garden. They can be grown not only on individual beds, but also as a filler plant. This is an indispensable plant for mix design, creating decorative gardens and flower beds, in which vegetable plants and greens are adjacent to purely decorative species. But the possibilities of using salads in the design of the garden are not limited to this, because of them:
- create unique rabatki and labyrinths in which the rows of lettuce form patterns, spirals, ornaments;
- grown as a border, a separator plant, a temporary filler of voids in early spring and autumn;
- introduced into flower beds and mixborders as a source of bright greenery of the most outlandish colors.
And how good salads are in pots and containers on terraces, balconies and even window sills! Fresh and bright, they allow you to get your favorite greens literally at arm's length and endlessly admire the luxurious leaves.
So, we list the types of salads that can be grown in your own garden: