Greens with Wild Ginger-Maple Vinaigrette

Here's another salad idea. It just seems a shame to do anything else with these gorgeous super tender greens! I found this recipe in The New American Cooking by Joan Nathan. It has a connection to NECI as well; the recipe is one she got from a wild foods dinner they prepared.

1 cup dressing
3 TBSP Peeled, minced wild ginger, or 2 TBSP store bought
pinch of salt
2 cloves garlic
1 shallot, chopped
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sherry
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
fresh ground pepper
1/4 c maple syrup
1/4 c oil
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

Mince ginger, salt, garlic and shallots in a food processor. Whiz in the rest of the ingredients, except the oils. Set aside for about an hour, then slowly whisk in the oils until emulsified. Check seasoning to your taste.

6 C mixed salad greens
a few thinly sliced mushrooms
thinly sliced half-moons of salad turnip
1 pound roasted beets, carrots, etc
Toss greens with a bit of dressing; use it sparingly so you don't overpower the delicate greens. Top with mushrooms, turnip and beets and a grinding of fresh black pepper
Now for dessert...

Strawberry Clafouti
This French custard tart has an unusual name, but it's a lovely and simple treat. Serve warm or at room temperature with a bit of whipped cream.

Butter a 10 inch baking dish, like a pie plate. Preheat oven to 375
3/4 c flour
2/3 c maple sugar
3 eggs
1 1/4 c milk

Fresh Spring Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

The shredded carrot and beet add lovely color to this salad otherwise composed of all new spring growth. I'm guessing that you may have a carrot or two left from earlier weeks.....Serves 4.

5 cups mesclun
1 medium carrot, shredded
1 medium beet, preferably chioggia, shredded
4-6 salad turnips, sliced
1/2 European cucumber, sliced thin
salt and pepper to taste

Mixed Grains Tabouli Salad

1 cup dry mixed grains
3 c water
1/2 tsp salt
Boil water, add grains and salt.  Cover and simmer until tender, about 35 minutes.  Drain if necessary.  Dress with the following dressing.
Whisk together and use to taste:
1/4 c vinegar
1/2 c oil
1/4 c lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp prepared mustard
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
next toss together with: 
1/4 c minced chives
1 carrot, grated
1 cucumber, diced
1 c finely minced fresh greens, such as mizuna or arugula
Chill and serve on a bed of mesclun with more of the lemon dressing if you like.   A bit of crumbled cheese on top would be perfect.

Raw Beet and Apple Tabbouleh

Adapted from Serves 4 as an appetizer.

2 cups cooked barley or mixed cracked grains
2 small red beets
1 apple
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or sunflower oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Peel beets. Using a mandoline or very sharp knife separately cut beets and apple into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Separately cut beet and apple slices into 1-inch-long julienne strips. In a blender or food processor puree basil with oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste until smooth.

Toss beets, apple, and about 1/4 cup dressing with barley or grains to combine. Serve tabbouleh with remaining dressing on the side.

Quick Pickled Beets

These pickled beets are ready in a snap after you have cooked the beets. Heather prefers to pressure cook hers, but roasted will also be delicious. This is one of the first things Heather learned to make as a little girl! Now she often cooks a lot of beets at once, and then pickles some. They'll keep in the fridge for a week.

2# beets, cooked, peeled, and cut into wedges
1/4 c minced scallions

1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp oil
3 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
fresh black pepper

Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat gently. Toss with the warm beets and the scallions. Chill before serving. Even better the next day.

Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad with Cranberry Apple Cider Vinaigrette

If you have any of those Vermont Cranberry Company dried cranberries left that you received earlier in the share, they would make a wonderful garnish for this spring salad. The vinaigrette recipe is inspired by a Cider Vinaigrette in Cooking with Shelburne Farms. Serves 4.

1 lb red beets, scrubbed and cut in 1 dice
1 bunch pac choi, quartered length-wise
sunflower oil
salt and pepper to taste

6 cups mesclun or washed and torn head lettuce
cooked barley or wheat berries

1/2 cup cranberry apple cider
2 TB cider vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
2 TB minced chives
1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup sunflower oil

Preheat oven to 400F. Toss beets with oil, salt and pepper and wrap in aluminum foil. Place foil package on cookie sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until beets are tender when poked with a paring knife. Remove beets from oven and cool slightly. Using a paring knife, remove the beet skins.

While beets are roasting, brush choi with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast on a hot, oiled, indoor our outdoor grill until grill marks appear and choi begins to get tender.

In a blender or mini food processor, blend together the cider, cider vinegar, maple syrup, chives, salt and pepper. Gradually add the oil and blend to emulsify. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Arrange lettuce or mesclun on a platter. Arrange roasted beets and choi on top and sprinkle with cooked grains, and dried cranberries if you have them. Dress the salad, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Spring Radish Salad

Serves 2.

radishes from one bunch, thinly sliced
1 parsnip, shredded
1 bunch greens (or lettuce)
salt & pepper
2Tbsp sunflower oil
1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
some “crumbles” of chevre

Cut a bunch of greens, such as the mizuna, into bite sized pieces. Arrange greens on 2 plates, sprinkling with grated parsnips and sliced radishes. Season with salt, pepper, oil, lemon, and sprinkle with the chevre.

Cabbage and Beet Slaw

This makes a beautiful presentation, something that can't be said for every slaw out there. Adapted from Serves 4.

4-6 small beets, trimmed
4 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
2 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
3 shredded salad turnips, optional
2 TB + 1 tsp cider vinegar
3 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tsp grated orange peel
1 tsp honey
6 TB sunflower oil
Chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 375°F. Wrap beets in foil. Bake until tender when pierced with knife, about 1 hour. Cool. Peel if necessary. Cut into 2 x 1/4 x 1/4-inch strips. Place in medium bowl.

Toss together cabbage, scallions and turnips (if using), in large bowl. Combine cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, grated orange peel and honey in small bowl. Gradually beat in oil. Pour enough dressing over beets to coat. Pour remaining dressing over cabbage and mix. Season both salads with salt and pepper.

Arrange cabbage around edge of platter. Mound beets in center. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Simple Fennel Salad

Serves 4.
2 c thinly sliced fennel bulb
2 c mesclun
1 handful of thinly sliced radishes
2 tbsp vinegar
3 tbsp oil
salt & pepper to taste

Toss it all together in a salad bowl. Really. That's it!

Mediterranean Slaw

1 recipe Grilled Radicchio (above)
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 TB sunflower oil, or to taste

Cool down grilled radicchio and mince the leaves. Toss with the scallions, parsley and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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