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.
Every year, around August, the squash starts to grow faster than we can eat it, and we have to get creative with our preparations. The solution? Squash noodles! Spiralized Squash “Pasta” If you’ve been thinking about getting a spiralizer, it’s a really a great tool for using up all that Squash you get in your CSA boxes. You can turn the Squash into veggie PASTA! Add some fresh veggies or sauteed veggies, plus some tomatoes (fresh or in sauce form), and you’ve got yourself some really awesome pasta. *Image courtesy of: http://www.twirlybites.com/spiralize/spiralized-zucchini/.
Summer Minestrone Soup By Emily Burrichter Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 6 cups Water 1 6 oz. can Tomato Paste 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning or 1 tsp. dried Oregano 1 Onion, chopped 1 bulb Garlic (6-8 cloves), minced 1 medium Zucchini or Yellow Squash, chopped 1/2 bunch greens of choice (Chard, Kale or Spinach), stems removed and cut or ton into small pieces 1 15 oz. can Kidney Beans 1 cup Penne or Rotini 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese 2 tbsp. fresh Basil, chopped (Optional) Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: In a stock pot, bring Water to boil and and Tomato Paste and Italian Seasoning. Add Onion, Garlic, Zucchini, and Greens to pot. Boil for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add Kidney Beans and Pasta. A couple of minutes before Pasta is done cooking, when it’s al dente, turn off heat and add Parmesan Cheese, Fresh Basil, and Salt and Pepper to taste.
If you don’t regularly eat raw zucchini or summer squash, we highly recommend it. If it’s sliced thinly and allowed to chill in a delicious dressing, it will become tender and flavorful with no cooking required! The zesty recipe below from local chef DeAnna Germano is a quick and easy example of this preparation and is perfect for the summertime. Lemon Poppy Squash Salad By DeAnna Germano, Chef4Rent Makes 2-4 servings. Ingredients: Salad – 1-2 large Zucchini or Squash, halved and sliced into noodles or half-moons 1 Red Onion 1 cup Heirloom Tomato, chopped Dressing – 2 large Lemons 3 tbsp. Poppy Seeds 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar 1/4 cup Sugar 1 cup Olive Oil 1/2 tbsp. grated Onion 1/2 tbsp. Garlic Instructions: Combine veggies in a large bowl. Mix all dressing ingredients until even * Image courtesy of: http://s479.photobucket.com/user/oneperfectbite/media/Blog%20Photos/SummerSquashSaladwithPoppySeedDr-3.jpg.html.
Starting to wonder what to do with all this summer squash? Our good friend and former NYC Chef Elias Kushner, now calls CNY home, and he has just the answer – Summer Ratatouille! Learn more about Elias and his food adventures on his website, What’s Edible, and follow him on Instagram! Summer Ratatouille By Elias Kushner, What’s Edible Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 2 1/2 tbsp. Olive Oil 4 Cloves of Garlic – sliced thinly 1/4 tsp. Chili Flakes 2 medium to large Tomatoes, diced 1 small Onion, sliced thickly 1 Zucchini or Yellow Squash, diced finely 1 Cubanelle Pepper, sliced thinly in short pieces 1 large or 2 small Japanese Eggplants, diced (Optional) 2 tbsp. fresh Basil, roughly chopped 2 tbsp. fresh Oregano, roughly chopped 2 tsp. + 1 pinch Salt Black Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat Olive Oil in a large, tall-sided pan or stew pot over a medium-low heat. Add Garlic, Chili Flakes, and pinch of Salt and cook, stirring frequently until aromatic. Add Tomatoes and stir until combined. Cook on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Add Onions and stir. Let simmer for 2 minutes. Add Squash, Eggplant, Pepper, Salt, and Black Pepper and stir. Simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until liquid has thickened. Enjoy.
Sauteed Summer Onions, Squash and Sausage By Briel Driscoll Makes 3-4 servings. Ingredients: 1 lb. Spicy Sausage Link (We recommend WW Longhorn Ranch in Bernhards Bay, NY.) 1 Yellow Squash, thinly sliced 1 Zucchini, thinly sliced 1 Spring/Mini Onion 1 tbsp. Oil of choice Instructions: Cook Sausage Link in oil over medium heat until partially done. Remove from heat and slice. In same pan, sauté Onion for 3 minutes over medium-high heat. Add Yellow Squash and Zucchini, and cook 5 more minutes Return sliced Sausage to pan and sauté approximately 8 more minutes, until cooked through.
It’s mid-summer, and squash abounds! Here’s a house favorite from our very own farmer, Allan Gandelman, that always hits the spot. It takes the abundance of zucchini that the season’s harvests always yield and converts it into a snack or side worthy of any summer meal. Dress it up with a tangy, spicy sriracha mayo dip, and you’ll be begging for more! Zucchini Fries with Sriracha Mayo by Allan Gandelman, founder of Main Street Farms Makes 6 servings. Ingredients: 3 Zucchini, sliced into matchsticks the size of fries (Can substitute other kinds of summer squash.) 3/4 cup Flour 1 tsp. Salt 1/4 tsp. Pepper 5 tbsp. Refined Coconut Oil (or other oil of choice with high smoke point) 1/2 cup Mayonnaise 1/2 – 1 tsp. Sriracha (to taste) 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder Instructions: Whisk Flour, Salt, and Pepper in large bowl until evenly mixed. Toss Zucchini in 2 tbsp. of Oil In batches, toss oiled Zucchini in flour mixture until evenly coated. Over high heat, add remaining 3 tbsp. Oil to skillet or large shallow pan and add floured Zucchini in batches. Fry each side until until browned and crisp, then flip, approximately 7-10 minutes total cooking time. Continue until all Zucchini is cooked. While Zucchini is cooking, whisk Mayo, Sriracha, and Garlic Powder together until evenly mixed. Serve Zucchini Fries hot with a side of Sriracha Mayo for a delicious appetizer.
‘Tis the season when zucchini grows giant overnight. This recipe is quick and easy, perfect for a family or easily increased for a large group gathering. Grilled Zuke & Herby Quinoa by Abigail Henson, Founder of LoFo* Makes 6 servings. Ingredients: 1 large Zucchini 6 Rainbow Chard Stems 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked 1/4 cup White Vinegar 2 tbsp. Sugar 1 tbsp. Kosher Salt 1/2 cup Crumbled Feta (Omit this step for a 100% vegan recipe!) 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, pitted and chopped 1 handful of your choice of Fresh Herbs (I like mine chock-full of Basil, Mint, Parsley, Dill, & Sage.) Salt and Pepper to taste 1 Lemon, juiced Instructions: STEP ONE: Quick-pickle your Chard stems. It is absolutely tragic when I see someone toss the stems of a rainbow chard- they are so crisp and delicious, and the splash of color they add to any dish is worth keeping them around. This is an easy way to jazz them up. They will start to take the brine in within 30 minutes, for a quick-pickle fix. Chop at the nape of the leaf of 6 Rainbow Chard leaves, trimming the ragged edges where they were connected to the main plant. Slice each stem 2-3 times length-wise, and then cut across the width by the ¼ inch to make tiny cubes. In a small bowl, mix Vinegar, Salt, and Sugar and stir. Place Chard cubes in the brine and let rest. STEP TWO: Cook your Quinoa. I like to cook a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week so that I can speckle it into my meals throughout the weekdays without much hassle. Place Quinoa in a large bowl and submerge it in water, gently swirling it around. Strain in a fine mesh strainer and add to a medium pot. Add 2 cups of Water and a teaspoon of Salt to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover pot, reduce heat, and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let let rest for 5 minutes before removing the cover to fluff. STEP THREE: Grill your Zuke. While your Quinoa is cooking, slice your Zucchini into 4 sections, then cut each section in half. Each section will act as one serving. Rub Zucchini with Olive Oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and put seed side down on grill. Cover grill and let cook for 10-15 minutes, until char lines have appear and pieces are fork-tender. Remove from grill and allow to cool slightly. STEP FOUR: Fill your Zuke. Taking the spoon down the center of the Zucchini gently remove the seeds and transfer them into a sauté pan. Combine cooked Quinoa and chopped Herbs. Add a drizzle of Olive Oil and Lemon Juice to the quinoa mixture. On medium heat, lightly toss all ingredients in pan. Transfer filling from pan into Zucchini boats. Top with chopped Kalamata Olives and crumbled Feta Cheese. Strain Rainbow Chard stems from the pickling liquid and sprinkle over Zucchini boats like it’s party time! Give thanks to the beautiful bounty you are about to receive, go forth, and eat local! *ABIGAIL HENSON is the Founder of LoFo, a company that specializes in conscious cuisine and provides catering, events, and education.