Posts Tagged ‘Salad’

Purslane Summer Salad (Help! There are Weeds in my CSA Share!)

I opened my CSA share this week to find a bunch of weeds, literally.  What??? I grow these babies in my garden, yank ’em out, and chuck ’em to the chickens.  However, having paid for this particular bunch of organic weeds, I was determined to give them a try.  Oh, and I also had less than 10  minutes to do so because husband made most of the dinner, I had only to make some veg,  I was dallying about, and completely lost track of time.  Having never cooked with Purslane before, a quick Internet search pulled up this 2002 Gourmet recipe, and here’s how I modified it:

In a saute pan on medium high, quickly sauté:

  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • 3 summer squash, sliced
  • dash of salt

While that sears, in a salad bowl whisk the dressing together:

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped vidalia onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Add to the salad the squash (let it cool a bit) plus:

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch purslane, thick stems removed
  • 1 cup pear or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise

Toss and serve.  And the result?  A good salad, but I think I’d use a different green next time.  The purslane was kind of tough and bitter.

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Kohlrabi Salad Revisited

Still looking for kohlrabi inspiration?  Me too.  I finally developed a taste for the bulb in my  my favorite kohlrabi salad.  But the greens?  Hmm.  Instead of immediately throwing the greens to the chickens, I thought I’d revisit that recipe and see if they can’t be incorporated.  Besides, the chickens have enough pasture this time of year and I’m trying to up the brassica (cabbage family) superfoods in my diet.  The greens are certainly tougher than delicate lettuces, but they provide a crunchier, coleslaw-like texture to the salad.  If you prepare the salad ahead of time, it will give them time to soften in the dressing.

In a bowl, whisk together the Vinaigrette:

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive or grapeseed oil

Toss in the Greens:

  • 1 large bulb kohlrabi, peeled and sliced thin
  • kohlrabi green, thick stems removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp capers

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Bok Choy Salad with Asian Dressing

Before summer really heats up, the cool-weather, superfood, cruciferous Bok Choy appears in CSA boxes alongside of peas and early carrots.  Although I usually make it into a quick stir-fry, it’s quite nice in raw salads too.

In a large bowl, whisk together this Asian-inspired dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Soy  Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • Optional Seasonings:  1 minced clove garlic, 1 Tbsp minced ginger, a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes

Toss in the following salad veggies:

  • 1 Large Bok Choy, thinly sliced
  • Optional: Carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • Optional: Sugar snap peas, chopped

Voila!  Side dish served.  To make it a main course, you can add tofu or some leftover grilled/roasted meat or poultry.

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Kohlrabi Salad

I never used to know what to do with Kohlrabi. I’ve tried it baked, grilled, and boiled. Blah. Although I suppose it’s ok roasted with a bunch of other root vegetables, its currently 97F outside and there is no way I’m turning on the oven. Then I discovered it raw in this salad combination. It reminds of the seedless part of a cucumber: Mild, refreshing and crunchy. It’s also quite easy to make as it only requires a quick toss.  The vinaigrette is a keeper for a variety of salads… green, pasta, potato.

Kohlrabi Salad (serves 4)

  • 1 large bulb kohlrabi, peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 cups greens
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • 1 Tbsp Vinaigrette (see below)

Vinaigrette

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1″ piece fresh ginger, minced
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 c olive or grapeseed oil

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Spring Greens Salad with Roasted Rhubarb, Goat Cheese, and Pecans

I’m always on the hunt for innovative rhubarb recipes, especially ones without a ton of sugar. I found this gorgeous salad on after the (farmer’s) market and had to try it with my own spin. I’m very glad I did because roasted rhubarb is brilliant. The roasting mellowed the tartness of the rhubarb, which was complemented by the creamy goat cheese and the honey added a light sweetness. I would definitely make this again and again with my generous rhubarb harvest and other local farmers’ market finds, such as greens, honey, and goat cheese.

  • 3 stalks rhubarb, cut into 2″ pieces
  • 1 heaping teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 4 cups spring salad greens
  • Ginger vinaigrette (Whisk together 1 Tbsp ginger infused vinegar, 1 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp Olive Oil)
  • 2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix the rhubarb and honey on a baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes until softened. On a separate baking sheet, roast the pecans for about 10 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Toss the salad greens with the ginger vinaigrette. Top with the rhubarb, goat cheese, and pecans.

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