The Secret to Happy Herbs and a very Special Salad Dressing

The secret to growing herbs is the same as with any plant: you must not forget to water them regularly. I am utterly useless at keeping my plants alive, so I got the help of a flower box with integrated water reservoir. I have never been able to keep coriander alive for long, but here it is sprawling next to some sorrel:

from left to right: thyme, sorel, coriander, sage, rosemary

I bought a lettuce from an old lady at the farmers´market. She only had a box of lettuces on sale, and some herbs. “Do you want to have everything that belongs in a green salad?” she asked me, and her eyes glittered with pride as she handed me a bundle of dill, lemon balm, chives and borage. So this is what you put in your salad dressing in Thuringia. I gave it a try, and the salad really was very special and very delicious. After some research I realised that borage is actually slightly poisonous, so you are not supposed to eat it regularly…

I find it makes a difference to mix your salad with your hands, properly rubbing the dressing into the leaves.

Ingredients: 1 lettuce, 1 sprig dill, a couple of chives, a couple of lemon balm leaves, one borage leaf, 6 tsp white balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp agave sirup, 2/3 tsp salt, 6 tsp rapeseed oil


  1. Wash and trim the lettuce. Tear into mouthsize pieces.
  2. Wash and chop the herbs finely.
  3. Mix the agave sirup, salt, vinegar and oil, add the herbs
  4. Just before serving, pour the dressing over the lettuce leaves and mix with your hands, rubbing the derssing into the leaves.

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