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salad Brian Yoder Schlabach/Goshen College

Pollinator salad

You can add as much or as little of each salad ingredient as you like. Everything on this list requires the help of a pollinator, whether it’s a bee, a butterfly or even a bat.

Yield: 1 salad with dressing


For salad:

Lettuce, any kind


Beets, fresh sliced and blanched or roasted

Carrot, grated

Artichokes (canned and seasoned)

Pumpkin seeds (lightly roasted in pan on stovetop until they just begin to pop)


Thinly sliced red onion




For dressing:

Sesame oil (olive oil relies upon wind pollination, but sesame plants benefit from cross-pollination by a variety of insects)

Chive vinegar (this is a simple vinegar infused with chive flavor from the chive flower, if available)

Dijon mustard

Blueberry preserves, with or without seeds.


1. Use about equal amounts of oil and vinegar—½ cup to start—then add about a tablespoon of preserves and 2 teaspoons mustard.

2. Mix in shaker container or stainless-steel bowl.


Recipe from Jeremy Corson, AVI Foodsystems at Goshen College

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