This is easily one of my favorite seasonal meals. It’s a mix of just about every summer veggie I can get my hands on, topped with zesty grilled chicken. AND it’s a great way to throw something together out of all the odds and ends of your CSA share at the end of summer. If there are certain vegetables you prefer more than others, I encourage you to tailor the recipe to your tastes. Particularly as the seasonal offerings change, you can make substitutions based on what’s available. No matter what, I promise you’ll be coming back for seconds! End-of-summer Fiesta Salad By Holly Rodricks Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: Quick Chicken Marinate – 2-3 Chicken Breasts (or 1.5 – 2 lbs. chicken or other poultry), cut into tender-sized strips 1 tsp. Onion Powder 1 tsp. Garlic Powder 1 tsp. dried Oregano 1 tsp. dried Basil 3/4 tsp. Salt 3/4 tsp. Pepper 1/3 cup White Wine* 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice (Optional) 1 tbsp. Olive Oil Grilled Veggies – 3-4 Zucchini, sliced diagonally lengthwise into long, flat pieces 3-4 Colored Bell Peppers, seeded and quartered Any other veggies of choice that you enjoy grilled Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste Salad – 1 bag Spring Mix (or 1 head Lettuce, chopped) 1 small Cucumber, sliced 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved, or 1 Heirloom Tomato, chopped bite-sized 1 Avocado, sliced (optional) 1 cup Black Beans, canned or cooked 1/2 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded Salsa of choice Instructions: Mix all marinate ingredients together and allow to sit for 5 minutes until dried herbs re-hydrate a bit. Add Chicken to marinate and toss to evenly coat. Allow to sit for a minimum of 20-30 minutes, or as along as a full day. (I like to get the Chicken in the marinate in the morning before heading out for the day, and grill it when I’m home for dinner.) While Chicken is marinating, toss Zucchini and Colored Peppers in olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover and let sit for as long as Chicken marinates. Grill marinated Chicken and vegetables. When done, set aside to cook slightly. Fill salad bowls with Spring Mix and layer with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Avocados, and Black Beans. Sprinkle with Monterrey Jack Cheese. Slice cooled Chicken and grilled veggies into thin strips and lay over salad. Top with heaping spoonful of Salsa and enjoy! *If you don’t have any White Wine on hand, substitute equal parts Vinegar and Water adding up to 1/3 cup and add 1 tsp. Sugar.
These spring rolls just taste like summer. They’re cool, light, and crisp. I usually make the peanut sauce first, using a food processor, and the base of this sauce can double as a great salad dressing! Unfortunately, this is a perfect example of how I’m not much of a recipe follower. Use the suggested ingredients below in whatever quantities appeal to your taste buds. Let your stomach be your guide. Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce By Bob Cat Ingredients: For the Sauce – Garlic Ginger Olive Oil Sesame Oil Herbs (Use whatever is available – Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Dill, Oregano, etc.) Apple Cider Vinegar Soy Sauce or Tamari Hot Sauce (I prefer Sriracha.) Lime Juice (Optional.) Spices (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder and/or Cayenne, etc.)* 1-3 tbsp. Peanut Butter (Use to taste, depending on how peanut-buttery you like things.) Water (I usually add a splash to make it go further, but it depends on what kind of consistency you like.) *If you stop right here, this makes a really awesome salad dressing. For the Rolls- Veggies of choice, chopped finely (Whatever you have will do – Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Onions, Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Scallions, Avocados, etc.) Rice Noodles/Bean Threads, cooked (Optional.) Rice Wrappers, softened in a pan with a little hot water (You can find these at most grocery stores or health food stores in the Asian section.) Instructions: Lay Rice Wrapper flat. Load up with Veggies and drizzle with sauce. To create roll, bring bottom triangle of Wrapper up and lay on top of Veggies. Wrapper should stick to Veggies. Then, fold the two sides in, so edges stick to bottom piece of already folded wrapper. Finally, fold top triangle down. *Image Courtesy of: http://blog.eatnuts.com/recipes/appetizers/item/thai-spring-rolls-with-almond-dipping-sauce.
‘Tis the season for squash and tomatoes. This recipe from our very own farm chef, Briel Driscoll, is a lovely mix of cool summer greens and warm hearty vegetables combined to create a delicious and substantial salad. Warm Cheesy Tomato Salad By Briel Driscoll Makes 3-4 servings. Ingredients: 1/2 head of Lettuce, chopped / or 1 bag Spring Mix 1 Summer Squash, sliced 1 Tomato, diced Salt and Pepper to taste 3-4 slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1 tbsp. Olive Oil Instructions: Lay bed of Salad Greens on plates. Sauté Squash with Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper until slightly tender. Add Tomatoes and sauté 1 minute. Lay Cheese over top of vegetables and let melt. Pour all ingredients from pan over bed of Greens.
Here’s a favorite from Chef DeAnna Germano, of Chef4Rent, that went out in our June newsletter. A refreshing mix of crisp, cold veggies in a tangy yogurt-based dip is just the ticket on a hot summer day. For a twist, if you can’t get your hands on some of the ingredients listed, try substituting other favorite vegetables from your seasonal produce list (turnips, cucumbers, other types of squash, etc.). Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls with Garlic Scape Dip By DeAnna Germano, Chef4RentMakes 4 servings. For the Rolls – 8 soy wrappers (Can be found at Wegmans.) 8 Lettuce Leaves 6 Cheriette or French Breakfast Radishes, thinly sliced (Pick your favorite kind!) 2 Carrots, sliced into thin matchsticks 1/2 Kohlrabi bulb, sliced into thin matchsticks 1 Yellow Squash, sliced into thin matchsticks For the Dip – 7 roasted Garlic Scapes 2 fresh Scallions 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1-3 tsp. Sambal, depending on heat preference (Sambal is a spicy, chili-based sauce that can be purchased in the Asian section of many grocery stores and at Asian markets.) 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Pepper Instructions: For the Rolls – Clean and cut all veggies into thin matchsticks, approximately 1″ long and 1/4″ thick. Lay out one Soy Wrapper on counter top, in diamond shape. Wet edges of wrapper. Lay veggies in center of wrapper with Lettuce Leaf. To create roll, bring bottom triangle of wrapper up and lay on top of veggies. Wrapper should stick to veggies. Then, fold the two sides in, wetting a bit more if necessary, so edges stick to bottom piece of already folded wrapper. Finally, fold top triangle down. Cut in half and serve with Garlic Scape dip. For the Dip – Turn oven to 425º. Roast Garlic Scapes for 10 minutes, or until browned. Puree all ingredients together to create dip.
Don’t throw those beet greens away! This recipe demonstrates a great way to incorporate them right into your salad mix, adding a lovely and complex texture and flavor that I like to call “Kale Lite.” Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Berries By Briel Driscoll Serves 4. Ingredients: one bunch of Beets, leaves separated from bulbs, rinsed, chopped, and set aside 3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar 2 tablespoons Olive Oil 1/8 teaspoon Salt 1/2 bag of Lettuce/Spring Mix or 1/2 head of Lettuce, chopped 1/4 cup Walnuts 1/4 cup Plain Goat Cheese (We recommend 2 Kids Goat Farm!) 1/4 cup Fresh Berries (Strawberries are great in this recipe.) 1/4 cup dried Berries/Raisins Instructions: Boil Beets in pan of water until soft then cut or slice into preferred bite size. Toss Beets, Lettuce, Beet Greens, Berries, and Nuts in large bowl. Add Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Salt, and toss again. Sprinkle Goat Cheese on top, or mix in, if you prefer a creamier salad.