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.
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.
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.
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.
Since this recipe cooks the noodles with the stock for the sauce, it is extra important to stir while cooking the pasta! If you have already made a batch of pesto, use it in place of the gremolata, which is just a cheese-less pesto!
2 3/4 cups vegetable stock
12 ounces medium pasta shells
2 medium zucchini (about 14 ounces total), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
For the gremolata:
1/3 packed cup thinly sliced basil
Kosher salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped roasted salted almonds
3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
In a large, deep 12-inch skillet, bring stock to a boil over high heat. Once stock boils, stir in pasta, zucchini, cream cheese, garlic and half the basil; season generously with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender and liquid is reduced until thickened and creamy, 12 to 13 minutes, adding a splash of water during the last few minutes of cooking if needed to moisten. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, prepare the gremolata: Chop almonds and parsley with remaining basil until finely chopped and combined; season with salt and pepper.
Divide pasta among shallow bowls. Top with gremolata and serve immediately.
4-5 small cucumbers, peeled if desired
1 large spring onion
3-4 dill sprigs
1/3 cup sour cream (regular or vegan)
Slice cucumbers and spring onions (green and white parts!), then finely chop dill.
Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, add salt and pepper to taste. Add sour cream and mix gently, taste and add more salt if needed.
Part of the joy of CSA abundance is storing for the off season. This pesto can be frozen into ice cube trays, then stored in a plastic bag to pop into soups and pastas all winter! It can also be altered to use up extra arugula, kale, or herbs.
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes
Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
A few generous grinds of black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Combine the scapes, sunflower seeds, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse about 20 times, until fairly well combined. Pour in the olive oil slowly through the feed tube while the motor is running. When the oil is incorporated, transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the grated cheese. If you plan to freeze the pesto, wait to add the cheese until after you've defrosted it.
From Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero (slightly adapted)
Deviled Caesar Dressing
½ cup unroasted cashews
½ cup hot water
1 roasted red pepper
2 tsps sweet paprika (I have used smoked for a deeper flavor!)
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 TBSP olive oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tsp white miso
1 TBSP Dijon mustard (whole grain works as well)
6 cups kale (of any kind!) destemmed and torn into bite size pieces
2 cups croutons (homemade or store bought)
½ cup thinly sliced red onions massaged with 1 TBSP fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt
Soak the cashews I the hot water for 30 minutes, until tender. Pulse the cashews and soaking water in a blender along with the rest of the dressing ingredients until smooth. Cover and chill the dressing for at least 10 minutes.
When ready to serve, toast the dressing with the kale and croutons in a large bowl until completely coated. Transfer to serving plates and garnish with the pickled onions, and a sprinkling of paprika.
After four years of hearing of this wonderful soup from Douglas, we have obtained the recipe! Please enjoy this delicious soup on the dreary days coming up this week. I’ve separated out the list of ingredients, but left the recipe exactly how I received it for authenticity!
1 large onion, or three spring onions, diced
1 TBSP butter
1 lb potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 quarts (8 cups) water (you could trade in a broth or stock here)
1 TBSP salt
2 bunches of radish leaves
4-6 TBSP heavy cream or 2-3 TBSP butter
Fresh parsley or chives for serving
Dice a large onion and sauté in 1 tablespoon of butter.
Add 1 pound of peeled sliced potatoes,2 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon of salt.
Simmer for 40 to 50 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Mash the vegetables with a fork or pass the soup through a food mill.
Reheat to a simmer and add 2 bunches of radish leaves.
Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Off heat and just before serving, stir in 4 to 6 tablespoons of heavy cream OR 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter. Pour soup into bowls and decorate with 2 to 3 tablespoons of minced parsley OR chives.
The simplest way to enjoy radishes is on a slice of soft bread, with butter and salt. This recipe takes it a bit further, making radishes into a zippy sandwich that can be enjoyed as a meal or cut into smaller pieces for a cocktail or tea sandwich.
1 baguette (or dark pumpernickel)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons flaky sea salt
2 bunches radishes, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 small handful arugula
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh garden herbs
Slice the baguette lengthwise and then crosswise, creating four quarters. Spread butter on the tops and bottoms of each quarter and sprinkle with salt. Pile sliced radishes onto the bottoms, then lay the arugula on top of them and sprinkle with the herbs. Top the sandwiches and press them down firmly.
Serve as is, cut into small sandwiches for hors d’oeuvres, or wrap for lunch.
Each week our CSA gets recipes along with their Shares. Here we've collected all the recipes from previous years.