I took the salesperson by surprise as I approached the garden center kiosk to pay for my plants.

She had just bitten into her salad and the tomato in her mouth squirted a seed onto my flat of arugula.

“I love tomato and arugula,” I joked, so she wouldn’t feel awkward.

“Oh, I’m so sorry,” she replied.

So began our conversation and my obsession with her salad!


Fingerprints marked her salad plate, but it didn’t take away from my delight with her lunch.

They lent a “fresh from the garden” look to her salad.

Crazy, right?


“Would you mind if I take a photo of your salad?”

Puzzled, she replied, “Really?”


“Yes, it looks so delicious; I love the combination of tangy vegetables and greens!”

She reached for her napkin and started to wipe the rim of her plate, removing the soil marks for the photograph.


“Oh no,  please leave the prints,” I quickly intercepted. “I like the dirty plate, it’s so authentic!”


My peripheral vision caught her as she rolled her eyes.

Not deterred, I snapped away and thanked her.


I present to my fellow foodie gardeners, the “Garden-Fresh Tangy Salad!”




  • Arugula
  • Radishes
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomato
  • Feta cheese
  • Lemon and olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Toss the ingredients and serve on a dirty plate.

Eat outdoors.




Foodie Gardener










I'm known as "EdenMaker," as well as a "Foodie Gardener" on the web, but you can call me "Shirley" anytime!When I'm not eating or growing my own food, I'm busy designing gardens and producing garden TV shows!When it's time to cook, I ask my family, "What country do you want to visit tonight?"Thank God for WeightWatchers, most of my fruits and veggies are "0-Points." Some of you know what I'm talking about!

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