Sold in various forms by many local farmers, the term “spring mix” refers to a salad mix of sweet, mild, bitter and spicy greens. Lately, the mixes have contained baby oak and red leaf lettuces, baby mustard greens, baby chard, spinach, arugula and mizuna. With greens this diverse, you can add a variety of flavors and textures within every bite. For the Fix of the Week on page A7, I prepared a Spring Mix Salad with Tangerine and Garlic Herb Dressing. The mixes are available at all Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Markets. About $3 per bag.
Developed from W. Murcott mandarins, this variety is incredibly juicy with a full-bodied sweet flavor. They are also seedless and easy to peel. My kids absolutely devour Tango tangerines! Enjoy as they come, juice them or incorporate into salad dressings and marinades. Available from Regier Family Farms of Dinuba at the Tuesday Santa Barbara, Friday Montecito, Saturday Santa Barbara and Sunday Camino Real markets. Grab them while you can as the season is very short. About $3.50 per pound.
I’ve become addicted to these roasted peanuts lately, enjoying them as a snack on the go. Sold in the shell, they can be cracked and eaten as is or skinned and added to an Asian salad or stir-fry. Plain, salted and garlic roasted varieties are available from Avila and Sons Farm of Hanford CA at the Tuesday Santa Barbara, Wednesday Solvang, Saturday Santa Barbara and Sunday Camino Real markets. $4 per pound.