CSA Meal Ideas

I’m enjoying the woods in NH so I am skipping my CSA this week, but I wanted to pass along some ideas anyways. Last week the share had arugula, kale, rainbow tatsoi, purple kohlrabi, bok choi, salad turnips, and French breakfast radishes, so this week will probably have similar offerings (this photo is from a June CSA share last year, so it doesn’t match exactly – arugula, radishes, kale, yokatta na, lettuce, and perpetual spinach).

Arugula is my favorite sandwich green, and it also makes an excellent light salad. Just toss it with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper and use it to balance something really rich, like a slice of quiche or pizza (in fact, I would put the salad right on top of the pizza). It also basically disappears if you stir it into pasta, either by itself or as a pesto.

This could easily be an all kale all the time blog, but I’ll try to keep it brief. Kale, potatoes, and eggs topped with hot sauce is my dream breakfast, but I’ll also take a great kale salad any day. Kale also makes a great pesto, but I would sub the roasted cauliflower for a grilled vegetable.

Let’s talk about greens. I use most of them interchangeably, so don’t feel like an Asian green can’t be cooked in an Italian dish (or vice versa!). The greens that top your radishes and turnips should also be eaten, and they last best if removed from their taproot right when you get home. Chicken meatballs filled with greens are great for green lovers and haters alike (though right now I’m feeling more of a yogurt sauce with those than the tahini sauce). Basic rice bowls always hit the spot and are a flash to throw together.

Radishes and turnips are perfect as is sliced on top of salads with a simple vinaigrette, or you could gussy your salad up and make fattoush. They are also perfect wherever you are looking for a nice, fresh crunch, like thinly sliced to top some tacos or a grilled piece of fish.

What have you made with your first CSA veg?

Spicy Salad Wraps

Hi! For those of you that are new here – my name is Tori. Every week I write a recipe to accompany Potter Hill Farm’s CSA, as well as give you tons of other ideas of what to cook to get the most good eating out of your share. By day I work as a Development Manager for a local non-profit, and by night I spend my time cooking with a heavy emphasis on vegetables. I use herbs liberally and my house motto is “Always More Garlic.” I tag all of the recipes with #potterhill so you can find this year’s as well as past year’s recipes. The search function in this WordPress theme is a little hidden, but it does exist! Just open up any one post (like the first one from the CSA last year) and scroll to the very bottom to find the search bar.

My share this week was salad turnips, kale, lettuce, arugula, spicy salad mix, 2 bunches of fresh onions, carrots, cilantro, and chives. First thing you should do when you get home is remove the greens from the turnips. The turnips are the food for the greens, so the greens will essentially suck the life out of the turnips if they stay attached.

The Red Lentil Coconut Stew I made last year would be excellent this week, just use a mix of greens and herbs and sub salad turnips for the radishes. I used the lettuce in a classic salad with shredded carrots (far superior than chopped carrots for salads). This Spicy Pork & Turnip Soup looks like the ramen I’ve been dreaming of eating out the last few months. If stew/soup sounds crazy to you right now, make a sandwich! Arugula is my absolute favorite green for sandwiches, because you can cram so much in for a nice crunch. (The wraps below are also a great choice!!)

In my house we call these “Health Wraps,” which is much more endearing than it sounds. They are really whatever we make when we need an easy, healthy weeknight meal. The main components are always wraps and hummus, and the vegetables always vary. A little lemon juice and olive oil wakes up the greens, but pesto would also be very welcome here. I went the lazier route and just added a bunch of chopped herbs.

Spicy Salad Wraps

Serves 2 – easily scales

  • 2 10″ wraps or tortillas
  • 2/3 cup hummus (a big swipe for each wrap)
  • 5 cups chopped spicy salad mix
  • 1 cup chopped herbs such as cilantro, chives, parsley, onion greens
  • 3 salad turnips, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pickles or kimchi, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Toss the chopped salad mix with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Taste a leaf – it should be tart and salty now, because it will be balanced out by the other ingredients. Build your wraps by putting a big swipe of hummus on each wrap, then topping each with half of the salad mix, herbs, turnips, and pickles. Roll up and enjoy!