salvaged banana salad

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Our morning started with collecting cafeteria waste for the compost pile. We salvaged all the edible portions of ripe bananas and amid talk of trash, dumps, methane gas, compost and food waste, we created a yummy Banana Salvage Salad!

slice slightly ripe bananas

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add mint, parsley, curly kale, fuji apples from the garden,

meager asparagus and broccoli pickings also from the garden

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some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, black pepper and voila!

Of course nothing goes without lessons in disguise!

We got to explore why some veggies were so small or so few or so misshapen, describe the taste, texture, feel, sight, and smell of the salad on first and second pickings

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and take a sprig of mint and parsley home to try the new recipe with friends and family!

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Satiated with so little. The beauty of gardens!

Tahereh Sheerazie

Tahereh likes to hike, bike, quilt, cook and most of all garden. She has been a garden ranger with EnrichLa since January 2015. She teaches middle school children, many of whom have special needs which has necessitated a slow, mindful approach to place based garden education. Improving soil, making compost, harvesting water, growing natives and ancient grains and journal writing, is what she enjoys doing most with the children.