Rose Petal and Fruit Salad

Today is the feast of St Therese of the Child Jesus.
Since her symbol is the rose, I thought it would be fitting to make Rose Petal and Fruit Salad.
Let me start out by saying, use rose petals that have not been treated with pesticides.
I try to grow organic roses. I do not spray them. So, by the end of the season many have no leaves left, because of the black spot.
They sure are gorgeous when they do bloom.
When I say organic roses, that is what I am referring to, the ones that have never been treated with pesticides.
If your husband comes home with a dozen roses from the florist. Don’t use them for this recipe.
 Roses are actually edible. If you have roses like this in your yard you should try this salad.
I didn’t use a lot of petals, just a cup, just enough for the rose petal essence and gorgeous color.

If you don’t have organic roses, just substitute with more lettuce.It reminds me of the strawberry salad they make at Panera Bread.

Rose Petal, Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad

Ingredients:

5 cups romaine lettuce chopped and cleaned
1 cups organic rose petals cleaned
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup mandarin oranges
1 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup pecans
DRESSING
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup Splenda sugar substitute
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon poppy seed

Directions:

Toss salad ingredients together in a large bowl, except the pecans. Dry roast the pecans in a skillet until fragrant. Add to the salad.

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a separate bowl.

Drizzle Desired amount of dressing over the salad.

NOTE: If you are looking for more protein, you could add cooked chicken, shrimp or ham.

Peace be with you,
Veronica