Beet and Cucumber Relish
This relish would be best made with yellow beets, if possible. That way it will keep the colors separate. Made with red beets, it will be just as delicious, but will be all red.
3 medium beets
Salt and pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely diced red onion
4 tablespoons lime juice, plus more for finishing
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 medium cucumbers, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
2 tablespoons roughly chopped dill
2 tablespoons roughly chopped mint
2 tablespoons finely cut chives
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place beets in a baking dish with an inch of water. Tightly cover baking dish and roast for 1 hour or so, until beets are soft enough to yield to a fork and skins easily rub off. Peel beets, let them cool, then dice into ½-inch cubes. Alternatively, peel and dice raw beets, then simmer in salted water for 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. (Beets may be cooked up to a day in advance.)
Put onions, ginger and lime juice in a mixing bowl with a big pinch of salt. Let macerate for 10 minutes or so, then add beets and cucumber to bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat well with juices. Leave to marinate, tossing occasionally, for at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes. Add fresh herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve on top of fish, chicken, or just as a side dish.
Cucumber and Tonic
1/2 cucumber, preferably hothouse
4 thin slices of lime
2 sprigs mint
Tonic or soda water, to taste
Peychaud's bitters, to taste (optional)
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumber lengthwise until you have long, wide ribbons.
Place a few slices of lime and mint leaves in the bottom of a Collins glass, or other tall glass, and, using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle them to release the juices in the lime and oils in the mint. Add a few strips of cucumber and fill the glass with ice (crushed, if you’ve got it).
Top with tonic water and a few dashes of bitters, if using.
Farmers Market Gyros
Eggplant can easily be subbed for the squash here, or use both!
1 5.3 ounce container Greek Yogurt
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 cucumber, peeled and shredded
1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
Pinch of salt
4 pita pockets
2 to 3 summer squash, ends trimmed and sliced lengthwise
2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
Juice from 1 lemon
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
1 teaspoon minced mint
To a medium bowl, add the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, shredded cucumbers, Italian parsley and salt. Mix until combined. Transfer to the fridge while you make the rest of the gyros.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Place the pita on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven to warm the pita.
To a small bowl, combined the diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, a few pinches of salt, crushed red pepper, Italian parsley and mint.
Using a grill or grill pan, bring the heat to medium-high. Brush the squash with a bit of olive oil. Cook on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes, until the squash has softened slightly and you begin to see grill marks. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with a few pinches of salt.
To assemble the gyros, grab the tzatziki from the fridge. Add a dollop to the center of the pita and spread it around into an even layer. Add a few slices of squash, top with a few spoonfuls of tomato and cucumber salad. Add more fresh herbs if desired.
Peach and Cucumber Salad
This recipe calls for toasted whole spices to be freshly ground. If you don’t have a spice grinder, use pre-ground! Ellwood Thompson’s has a great bulk spice selection for the less used spices, like cardamom.
⅓ cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon plus ¼ cup olive oil
1 cardamom pod
1 whole clove
½ teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 serrano chile, finely grated
1 garlic clove, finely grated
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, plus leaves with tender stems for serving
3 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
2 medium or 4 small cucumbers, peeled if desired, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 medium yellow peaches, cut into 1–1½-inch pieces
1 avocado, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pumpkin seeds on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing halfway through, until golden brown and slightly puffed, 5–7 minutes; let cool. Transfer to a small bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp. oil; season with salt.
Meanwhile, toast cardamom, clove, coriander, and cumin in a dry small skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove seeds from cardamom pod; discard pod. Finely grind seeds along with other spices in spice mill or with mortar and pestle. Mix in a large bowl with chile, garlic, parsley, chopped cilantro, lemon juice, and remaining ¼ cup oil; season with salt. Add cucumber and toss. Let sit 5 minutes.
Beet and Rye Panzanella
It’s a salad, of bread. Make it easier on yourself and use whatever bread you have on hand, and swap the ricotta salata for feta.
1½ pounds small beets, any color, scrubbed (about 10)
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar, plus more for serving
½ loaf rye bread, crusts removed, torn into 1-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large orange
4 ounces ricotta salata (salted dried ricotta), crumbled
1 cup torn fresh herbs (such as dill, parsley, tarragon, and mint)
Preheat oven to 425°. Place beets in a shallow 2-qt. baking dish and add water to come ½" up sides. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake beets until tender and a cake tester or paring knife easily slides through flesh, 45–60 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Meanwhile, toss onion, 3 Tbsp. vinegar, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl to combine; set aside.
Toss torn bread and 2 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet to coat; season with salt and pepper. Bake, tossing once, until bread is golden brown and crisp around edges, 8–10 minutes; set aside.
Rub beets with paper towels to remove skins, then halve (or quarter if large) and place in a large bowl; add onion with liquid.
Using a small sharp knife, remove peel and white pith from orange. Working over bowl with beets, cut between membranes to release segments into bowl. Squeeze membranes to release juices; discard. Add reserved toasted bread and 2 Tbsp. oil and toss to combine. Let sit a few minutes for flavors to meld.
Just before serving, fold in ricotta salata and herbs, drizzle with more oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.
This recipe comes from one of our Richmond CSA members, Laurene!
1 pound small beets (about 7 beets)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
Leave root and 1-inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Cool slightly. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Thinly slice beets; place in a large bowl.
Combine vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in salt, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Pour vinegar mixture over beets; cover and chill. Discard bay leaves.
Sparkling Beet Lemonade
A gorgeous color, this can be turned into a French 75 easily with the addition of gin and sparkling wine.
3 cups club soda
1½ cups fresh lemon juice
1 cup beet juice
⅔ cup simple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh ginger juice
8 ounces gin (optional)
8 ounces Prosecco (optional)
Stir club soda, lemon juice, beet juice, simple syrup, and ginger juice in a large pitcher. Divide among glasses filled with ice; top each with 1 oz. gin and 1 oz. Prosecco, if desired.
Herb and Onion Pilaf
Use any and ALL herbs that you have!! Dill, basil, mint, parsley, cilantro, anything!
2 tablespoons neutral oil (like grapeseed or corn)
3 green parts of spring onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 cups rice, preferably basmati
2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock or water, or more as needed
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup chopped fresh chives
3/4 cup chopped fresh mint
Zest of 1 lemon
Put the oil in a deep skillet or large saucepan over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the rice and cook, stirring, until glossy, about 1 minute. Add the stock or water and a good sprinkling of salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
Turn the heat down to low, cover and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is almost entirely absorbed, about 15 minutes. Uncover, remove from the heat and stir in the herbs. Replace the lid and let rest off the heat for at least 10 minutes or up to 20 minutes. Uncover and stir in the lemon zest; taste and adjust the seasoning. Fluff the pilaf with a fork, and serve warm or at room temperature with a drizzle of soy sauce.
Bacon Onion Jam
Make this vegan friendly by either subbing a smoky olive oil or using vegan butter. If you haven’t ever been to Olive Oil Taproom, they have an olive wood smoked olive oil that would be KILLER for this.
3/4 pound slab bacon, diced into cubes
4 medium-size white or Spanish onions, peeled and diced
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed
2 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Set a Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat, and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat is completely rendered and the bacon has started to crisp, approximately 12 to 15 minutes.
Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pot, and add the onions, mustard seed, brown sugar, vinegar and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir to combine, then cover the pot, lower the heat and allow the mixture to cook undisturbed for 15 or 20 minutes. Remove the top, stir again and then partly cover the pot. Allow the mixture to cook until most of the liquid is gone and the onions have achieved a dark brown jamminess, approximately 60 to 70 minutes. (Add a little more water as needed.)
Taste the jam, and add salt and pepper if necessary.
Remove mixture from heat, and allow to cool slightly. Spoon the jam into a jar or bowl, then allow to cool completely. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week.
French Onion Grilled Cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 teaspoons sherry, red-wine or white-wine vinegar (optional)
4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated
4 slices bread, cut no wider than 1/2-inch thick
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the onions are softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Uncover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. If the onions look dry or like they might burn, add a few tablespoons of water at a time, scraping up any browned bits that are stuck to the bottom of the skillet. If desired, once the onions are done, deglaze the skillet with vinegar and cook until the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Transfer the onions to a medium bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Wipe out the skillet, or wash it, if necessary.
Add the cheese to the onions and stir to combine. Put down two slices of bread, and scoop half of the cheese-onion mixture onto each one. Top with the remaining slices of bread, and press down gently.
In the skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until the bottoms turn golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes, reducing the heat to prevent toast from darkening too quickly, if needed. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, flip the sandwiches, press down and cook until the cheese has fully melted and the bottoms turn golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.
Each week our CSA gets recipes along with their Shares. Here we've collected all the recipes from previous years.