Edible Flower Mandala Salad
Mandalas are sacred, symmetrical designs that lend themselves to creatively beautiful edibles. I usually create salads and desserts as mandalas, using round platters for the traditional circular mandala form. But when I serve a salad for large groups, I often use big wooden trays I have for that purpose. For a salad, just use your imagination when it comes to ingredients.
Create This Salad at Home
Bed of salad greens: varieties of lettuce, a bit of fresh basil, and arugula, all cut into small pieces.
Top with:Beets, orange carrots, and yellow carrots, finely grated
Cucumbers, sliced and peeled
Cherry Roma tomatoes (can use any colorful heirloom tomatoes)
Feta cheese, cut into small pieces
Edible flowers: nasturtiums, calendula petals, Siberian catmint, monarda blossoms (lemon mint/bee balm) removed from their stems, and borage are ideal
(Small violas, Johnny Jump-Ups, and mustard blossoms are also suitable for salads.)