Garden-fresh salads are a daily treat this time of year, and my favorite includes the finest fruit of the season, fresh strawberries.
6 cups fresh lettuce, washed and torn
1/2 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
4 tablespoons walnuts, toasted and broken into pieces
4 tablespoons mayonaise
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
Divide lettuce among four bowls. Arrange sliced strawberries on lettuce and top with walnuts. Keep chilled. Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate if dinner is more than a half-hour away. Just before serving, divide the dressing evenly among the salads.
Persian Shield Prevails
It looks like Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) is destined to become a leading annual foliage plant in middle South gardens this year. In sunny sites this heat- and pest-tolerant beauty develops deep purple leaves with green veins, and plants can grow to 5 feet tall. They'll stay much shorter in shade, and shade also brings out the silvery sheen on the topmost leaves. If you want lots of them in your yard, remember that they grow like coleus, so propagating them by stem cuttings is fast and easy.