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A Peek at My Garden and White Bean Salad


Lunch time!

Yesterday, I was starving so I headed to our garden to go picking.

When I say “our” garden, I mean me and my beautiful friend, Tania.  Last year Tania and I started a community garden in her back yard.  We planted tomatoes (which we now realized we didn’t need more than 2 plants~we had tomatoes out the a** last summer!), butternut squash, melons, peppers, eggplant, and herbs.

Each time I go to pick, I feel a sense of connection to nature.   I just LOVE seeing the fresh fruits and veggies grow, and the best part is cooking with all this good stuff.

Today we have lots of lettuce. Tons of it.   If you see me in the next day or two, don’t be surprised if I give you a lettuce head as a “hello!”

Click the image below to take a quick peek at our garden:

I decided to make my Black Bean Salad with the lettuce from the garden (I’ve been making this dish a lot lately!).

Click here for the recipe.

Taco Salad 2
Black Bean Salad

Here is another of my favorite recipes for lunch. This salad always reminds me of a warm summer day; usually after a trip to the garden or the farmer’s market.

White Bean Salad

Serves 4


4 garlic cloves peeled

2 small onions, cut into wedges

1 fennel bulb, halved, cored, and chopped

4 carrots, chopped


1/2 tsp. of sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

6 tomatoes, quartered

3 cups of great northern beans

5 cups of arugula leaves

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a baking dish, combine garlic, onions, fennel and carrots. Drizzle olive oil to coat vegetables. Toss with sea salt and pepper. Roast uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, fold in tomatoes and beans and return to oven to roast an additional 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, cover platter with arugula, top with bean and veggie mix and serve.

White Bean Salad
White Bean Salad

Absolutely light and delicious!  Oh, such a satisfying lunch. Hope you try it!

Do you have a garden? How do you enjoy all the great seasonal foods in the summer? Share below with a cool recipe or seasonal idea. Always dig hearing from you, and if you try these recipes, let me know how you like them. 🙂

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11 Responses to A Peek at My Garden and White Bean Salad

Liz Longacre

So nice Lisa! Gardening must be so relaxing. Thanks for the recipes! xoxo

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Liz! I feel so natural…I am so excited to have this gardening experience…and hope you like the salads if you make them. Let me know! xoxo

Sue Ann Gleason

Hi Lisa,
I have the same garden utopia. I feel like a rabbit in the morning when I go out to water and graze. I love the way you added a little video clip to your post so we could enjoy that garden alongside you. The salad looks scrumptious!

Beautiful site. . .

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Thank you, Sue Ann! It is pure heaven! I can’t wait until the tomatoes and peppers are here. Thanks so much for stopping by! xx


Love hearing about all of the fresh food from your garden. The salads look great. I will be lucky if i can get to my veggies before my friendly rabbits and one ground hog this year. 🙂

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Yes, that is why we have this huge fence around these goods! The deer would have a field day! Thanks so much for your message…and let me know if you try the salads. They are so quick to make and yummy. xx

carolyn bourne

What is EVOO???? and a fennel bulb? I really want to make this!!!:) Ray and I LOVE love love the tacos!!

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Hey you! Extra virgin olive oil.:) Hee hee! I hope you make this! AND aren’t the tacos amaze balls? xo

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