WANTED : Your best recipes using local North West Tassie produce

One of the many exciting projects on the cards this year is collating delicious recipes using North West Tassie produce to share with the students of our many local School partners (and others!).  We’d love you to contribute by filling out the form below, or sending us a facebook message with your favourite recipe – photos too please!

The lovely folks at Thirlstane Gardens have sent me their herbaceous salad dressing recipe – go forth and gather and blend!

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Herbaceous Salad Dressing


1 large handful of parsley

1 small handful of other green herbs like basil,rosemary,tarragon,mint or sage ( anything green works)

¼ cup of cider vinegar

3 pickled gherkins

2 cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon of mustard

1 medium cucumber

1 tsp salt

½-to 1 cup of olive oil


Blend all ingredients in a food processor to a smooth paste. This creamy sauce is not only a great salad dressing but goes really well with roast vegetables.

Thirlstane Gardens Salad Dressing

Thirlstane Gardens was established in 2010 and is situated in the heart of the vegetable growing region on the north west coast of Tasmania. A small family business, it is run by Graeme Lodge with the valued assistance of wife Kym and their two daughters.The business evolved as a result of our changing family circumstances and the desire to work part time from home to spend time with our two small children. Graeme has always been a keen horticulturalist and the opportunity to purchase a hydroponic growing system presented itself at just the right time. Thirlstane Gardens currently produce a range of specialty lettuce and herbs including fresh cut bagged salad leaves. The business is looking to supply a small niche market with a variety of salad vegetables that offers the consumer a choice to buy fresh local produce. The business is continually looking to expand the range of vegetables and herbs on offer. A core concept of our business is to be able to supply “living lettuce and herbs” to the market so that the freshest possible product is consumed. This concept is possible because the produce is harvested as a whole and stored with the roots in fresh water.  The consumer can then store the produce in water with the roots left intact and use small amounts if desired. The lettuce or herbs should stay fresh for days if stored correctly.

Contact Graeme: thirlstanegardens@y7mail.com




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