Fall Fattoush Salad with Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix

Hello!

Fattoush is a Middle Eastern salad consisting of toasted pita bread, fresh vegetables, greens, herbs and a lemony dressing. It makes a great side dish but you could also add cheese or your favorite protein source to make it a complete meal.

Traditionally, the fresh vegetables consist of tomatoes and cucumbers, which are easy to chop up and toss into the salad. But if it isn’t tomato season, that doesn’t mean you can’t make this salad. Simply swap out those items for some that are in season. Below, I have included delicata squash and kohlrabi but you can use just about anything you have on hand. I like the combination of a cooked vegetable (squash) and a fresh vegetable (kohlrabi).

You can also use any type of greens – here I used our Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix but you could also use kale, Swiss chard, arugula, spinach or a mix of your favorite greens. Same goes for herbs – parsley, mint, cilantro or basil would work for the herbal component.

PS – don’t be afraid to eat with your fingers on this one! I found it was easier (and more fun!) when a fork wasn’t involved.

Fall Fattoush Salad with Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix (Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated)
makes about 4 side servings or 2 main servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-inch) pita bread
  • 4-1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium delicata squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed, then cut across into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 medium kohlrabi, peeled and cut into matchstick sized pieces (add the greens into the salad too!)
  • 1 bag of Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix or greens of choice
  • 1/4 cup chopped herbs of choice
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Adjust rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Using kitchen shears, cut around perimeter of pita and separate into 2 thin rounds. Cut each round in half. Place pitas, smooth side down, on wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet. Brush 1 1/2 tablespoons oil over surface of pita. (Pita does not need to be uniformly coated. Oil will spread during baking.) Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake until pita is crisp and pale golden brown, 10 to 14 minutes. (Cooled pitas can be stored in zipper-lock bag for 24 hours.)
  • Whisk lemon juice, garlic, and 1/8 teaspoon salt together in small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12″ non-stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the squash and cook, stirring often, until spotty brown, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large salad bowl.
  • Once the squash has cooled, add the kohlrabi, lettuce, herbs, scallions, lemon juice mixture and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Crumble the pita into 1/2″ pieces and add to the bowl, tossing to combine. Taste, adding salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately.

Weekly Farm Notes :: Oct 12th, 2016

Hello,

We hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather! A couple announcements to share:

  1. The Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix is back! We know you love it 🙂
  2. Single shares will be available soon! You will get the same Powerhouse greens and veggies as our shareholders but you don’t have to commit to the entire season. Let us know if you are interested!
  3. Are you familiar with the ANDI (aggregate nutrient density index) score? It’s a scoring system that ranks food from 1-1000 based on nutrient content. So the the higher the score, the more nutrient dense and therefore, healthier for you! We have included the ANDI score next to the veggies below (that we could find) for your reference.

Also, don’t forgot we will attending the Nutrition World Farmers Market every Saturday from 10am-noon. Stop by and say hey!

See you at market!

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October 12th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market {M} and in the CSA {CSA}:

  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Salad Mix {M/CSA}: the greens in this mix are so tasty you hardly need anything else to go with them; just a simple dressing will suffice. You really don’t need a recipe to make your own dressing as long as you know the ratio for oil to acid. It’s 1 part acid (lemon juice, red wine vinegar, etc) to 3 parts oil. Then simply add any of your favorite flavorings from there. I like to add a bit of honey and sometimes mustard, minced shallot and whatever herbs I have on hand. If you need more inspiration, check out our The Essentials Elements to a Satisfying Salad article.
  • Baby Red & Green Romaine Lettuce – 510 {M/CSA}: I love making making lettuce cups with romaine lettuce. There is no shortage of recipes out there but I really like using quinoa as a base. Check out our recipe for Quinoa & Chickpea Lettuce Cups!
  • Giant Red Mustard Greens – 1000 {M/CSA}: I need some new inspiration when it comes to cooking mustard greens and I think I found it with this recipe – Spicy Mustard Green Pesto!
  • Pak Choi – 865 {M/CSA}: I tried pak choi in a soup last week and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The ribs give nice texture (as long as you don’t cook them too long) and the greens soften and add another flavor element. I added them to an Asian inspired soup with shiitakes and rice noodles and a broth similar to this recipe: Easy Vegetarian Pho.
  • Kohlrabi – 352 {CSA}: if you are looking for a quick weeknight dinner, look no further than our Kohlrabi Hash! Topped with a fried egg, it makes a complete meal that is ready in a flash.
  • Summerfest Asian Greens {CSA}: these greens are a great substitute for spinach, so why not try it in this Spinach Smoothie with Avocado and Apple. You can pick up apples from Wheelers Orchard while you are at the market!
  • Delicata Squash – 137 {M}: I love this type of squash because you can eat the skin! It is so easy to prepare and enjoy. Simply cut in half (remove the seeds if they are large, otherwise they should cook through well), cut into 1/2″ pieces and roast in the oven. Follow this recipe for more details.
  • Bell (371), Jalapeno & Habanero Peppers {M}: latkes (or shredded potato cakes) are an easy weeknight meal, but you need a little extra zing to cut through the carbs. I think this Potato Latkes with Jalapeno Dill Sauce sounds like a great combo!
  • Kale – 1000 {M}: how do you make this nutrient dense green even more healthy? Ferment it! Specifically, use this recipe for Kale, Cabbage and Fennel Ferment as cabbage and fennel are in season and can be found at the market!
  • Lemon Balm & Basil (475) {M}: have you tried our Lemon Balm Shrub yet? It is a sweet / sour drink that is really refreshing and can be used in a number of ways (but they are really good in cocktails!).

Weekly Farm Notes :: March 30th, 2016

Hello,

What a beautiful Spring week! We know you probably want to be outside as much as possible so below we have included lots of quick recipe ideas.

See you tomorrow at market!

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March 30th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market {M} and in the CSA {CSA}:

  • Toscano, Red Russian & Siberian Kale {M/CSA}: here is a really useful list of 50 Things to Do with Kale. I like how the author provides a list of ingredients that pair well with kale. Lots of options for you to consider this week!
  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: have you tried our Chickpea, Cashew & Collard Green Patties yet? They come together in a flash and can be eaten as is or used as a veggie burger. I love them topped with avocado and hot sauce 🙂 As an added bonus, you can make a big batch and freeze them for later.
  • Food Hook Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: I generally look upon vegan variations of classic recipes with suspicion. They may turn ok but they never really stand up to the original. However, I am more than interested to give this Swiss Chard with Vegan Bechamel Sauce a try. Traditional bechamel (which is the base for many dishes, including mac & cheese) is made with butter, flour and milk and can be very heavy. This sounds like a nice twist on the classic.
  • Spring Radishes {M/CSA}: have you checked out our latest post on Miso Pickles? Miso cured vegetables is an incredibly easy and flavorful way to preserve produce. I have seen a lot of recipes using turnips but radishes work just as well!
  • Red Butter Lettuce {M/CSA}: I think our Hemp Seed “Ranch” Dressing along with hard-boiled eggs, thinly sliced radishes, green onions and edible flowers would make a lovely Spring salad!
  • Awesome Asian & Lettuce Mix {M/CSA}: The mix this week includes Asian greens, variety of lettuces, kale, arugula and edible flowers. If you don’t want to eat it fresh, try our Super Greens and Sunflower Seed Pesto recipe! As with all pestos, you can easily freeze it for use later.
  • Green Onions and Wild Spring Onions {CSA}: I have been eyeing a recipe for Quick Scallion Kimchee in one of my favorite cookbooks for a while. Check out the recipe below to preserve your green onions for the next month!
  • Pak Choi {M}: I return again and again to an old recipe for Triple Sesame Noodles with Pak Choi. The sauce is really yummy and so easy to make. You could easily top this dish with a fried egg to round out the meal.
  • Cilantro {M}: I am always looking for new salad dressings and this Cilantro-Lime Dressing sounds delicious. You can use it on greens or in a bean salad.
  • Edible Spicy Asian Flowers {M}: toss these on your salad or add them to a simple pasta dish. They say you eat with your eyes first so why not make your meal as pretty as possible?!

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Recipe :: Quick Scallion Kimchee

This recipe is from One Good Dish by David Tanis. It makes about 2 cups. It can be served with steamed rice or chopped and stirred into a bowl of brothy ramen-style noodles.

  • Ingredients:
    • 4 bunches scallions
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 1 tablespoon raw sugar or dark brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
    • 1/4 cup Korean red pepper flakes
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
    • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Directions:
    • Trim the scallions and cut into 3-inch lengths. Put them in a glass or ceramic bowl, sprinkle with salt, and let stand for 10 minutes.
    • Mix together the garlic, sugar, ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, sesame seeds, fish sauce, and rice vinegar. Add to the scallions and toss to coat.
    • Lay a plate over the bowl and leave in a warm place (at least 70 degrees F) for 24 hours. Or, for a stronger-tasting kimchee, let ripen for up to 72 hours. It will keep for a month, refrigerated.

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Alice O’Dea Article

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Weekly Farm Notes :: Dec 2nd, 2015

Hello!

This is the last week of our “Falling into Greens” CSA session. We are offering three separate pickups this week – 1st at market tomorrow, 2nd at Brainard Market on Saturday and 3rd on Main Street on Saturday. Please make sure you have prearranged your pickup with Mark & Gina.

In case you missed it, we have a new preservation post this week on Stem Jam. We get a lot of greens and a lot of stems! Stash them away in the freezer and make this jam at the end of the week.

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December 2nd Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market (denoted by M) and/or in the CSA (denoted by CSA):

  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: I have been interested in making West African Peanut Soup for a while, but it is definitely on my list now that I found a recipe with collard greens added in!
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: although the cold and rain makes us crave cooked, hearty food, don’t neglect getting a daily dose of raw greens! This article will give you lot of tips to make a Swiss chard smoothie taste great.
  • Red Russian & Toscano Kale {M/CSA}: noodles of any kind make for quick weeknight meals. Check out this Garlic Soba Noodles recipe and toss in any number of the greens suggested.
  • Spicy Large Leaf Arugula {M/CSA}: the spiciness of these greens is a great counterpoint to richer dishes. Add some to egg salad, pizza or mac’n’cheese!
  • Red & Green Mild Mustard {CSA}: check out our new Indian Inspired Green Sauce with Potatoes for a tasty way to use your mustard greens!
  • Beets {CSA}: have you tried beet kvass yet? I tried it for the first time a month ago and loved the results! I fermented mine a few days longer than is recommended in the link above so mine was probably a bit funkier. I used most of the juice and beets in smoothies but the juice is great straight, mixed with syrups or sparkling water or in a cocktail.
  • Daikon Radish {CSA}: although this Sweet Pickled Daikon Radish recipe was designed for canning, just store in the refrigerator to keep it easy.
  • Kohlrabi {CSA}: our Kohlrabi Hash Browns recipe is great for a quick weeknight meal or a lazy Sunday brunch.
  • Green Butterhead & Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed Lettuce {CSA}: looking for some salad inspiration? Take a look at The Essential Elements to a Satisfying Salad post and make a salad you’ll love.
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M}: check out our new Indian Inspired Green Sauce with Potatoes for a tasty way to use your mustard greens!
  • Jerusalem Artichokes {M}: have you tried these fried yet? I have made “chips” where they were thinly sliced and then fried but I haven’t tried them battered and fried. This recipe sounds great if you want to try your hand at it!
  • Awesome Asian Salad Mix {M}: sometimes, you just need to hard boil or fry and egg and call it dinner. Spice that idea up a bit and make this Mixed Green Salad with Egg, Avocado and Creamy Lemon-Dill Dressing.
  • Cilantro {M}: we all need quick, flavorful, make-ahead sauces that taste great on just about anything. Add this vegan Spicy Cilantro Sauce recipe to the list.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? This week, she explores the wonders of making a pan sauce…if you haven’t made one before, you need this information!


Weekly Farm Notes :: Nov 4th, 2015

Hello!

“Deep Winter” and “Walking to Spring” CSA shares are still available. Don’t miss out on powerhouse greens to get you through the dark and cold months ahead! Here is the link to our CSA information to find out more.

Also, we are in the process of adding more pictures and nutritional information to the Produce Information tab. Let us know what else we can add to make this useful for you!

See you at market!

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November 4th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market (denoted by M) and/or in the CSA (denoted by CSA):

  • Purple Kohlrabi {CSA}: hey, don’t throw away those leaves! Use them like you would any other green – shred and toss into a salad or saute in a little oil with garlic and red pepper flakes. And if you need ideas for the bulb, check out our Kohlrabi Hash Browns or Raw Sesame Marinated Kohlrabi recipes!
  • Red & Green Mustard {CSA}: I am always looking for easy, vegetarian stews for the fall and winter. I think this Chickpea Stew with Orzo and Mustard Green recipe looks great!
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: however you choose to prepare your Swiss chard, I would highly recommend pairing it with a little cumin (we used this pairing in our recent Barley & Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard recipe). I think a some cumin scented Swiss chard would be great on a taco or added to a burrito.
  • Red Leaf Lettuce {M/CSA}: these large, tender leaves are perfect for lettuce wraps. Check out our Korean Lettuce Wraps recipe for some inspiration!
  • Awesome Asian Greens Mix {M/CSA}: the mix this week doesn’t include lettuce so it would be great raw or quickly sauteed, maybe with some ginger garlic sauce?
  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: have you ever used your collards in a smoothie? I haven’t either but this recipe sounds like a great one to try!
  • Red Kale Mix {M/CSA}: this kale mix (which varies in color) includes Red Ruffled, Red Russian, Red Ursa and Scarlet. Don’t forget, you can always dehydrate your greens! Check out our Preserving the Harvest post on Dehydrating for more details plus a recipe.
  • Baby Romaine Lettuce {M/CSA}: anyone suffering from allergies will find this interesting:
    • All common lettuce varieties are considered hypoallergenic (unlikely to cause allergic reactions), but romaine lettuce may offer additional health benefits for people who suffer from allergies thanks to its high folate content (one ounce of romaine delivers 10% of the Daily Value for this B complex vitamin). A 2009 study examined the blood folate levels of more than 8,000 people with and without asthma and allergies and found that people with the lowest serum folate levels were 31% more likely to have allergies and 40% more likely to have wheeze than those with the highest levels of folate. The inverse association also appeared to be dose-dependent, meaning that the people with the highest levels of folate were least likely to suffer from allergies or wheezing. This study appeared in the June 2009 issue of the The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
  • Spicy Large Leaf Arugula {M}: do you ever make homemade pizza? It’s fairly easy if you buy pre-made dough from the grocery store. One of my all time favorite pizzas is roasted red peppers and cheese topped with lightly dressed arugula after it comes out of the oven. Give it a try – I am sure you will love it too!
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M}: if you want to preserver your mustard greens for use down the road, try this Mustard Green Harissa. It’s spicy and flavorful and great in so many different applications.

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Alice O’Dea Article

Have you read Alice O’Dea’s recent article? I am sooo excited for Thanksgiving and look forward to, among many things, cranberry sauce!

 


Weekly Farm Notes :: Oct 28th, 2015

Hello!

“Deep Winter” and “Walking to Spring” CSA shares are still available. Don’t miss out on powerhouse greens to get you through the dark and cold months ahead! Here is the link to our CSA information to find out more.

Are you interested in fermenting? We love using this preservation technique, and given we will have lots of fermentable foods soon (cabbage!), we have started collecting our favorite sources and recipes on Pinterest. Do you have any favorite sites or recipes we should add?

Also, we are in the process of adding nutritional information to the Produce Information tab. Let us know what else we can add to make this useful for you!

See you at market!

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October 28th Produce

Here are the items you can expect at Market (denoted by M) and/or in the CSA (denoted by CSA):

  • Mini Cabbage {CSA}: simply roast these mini cabbages just like you would Brussels sprouts for a delicious side dish you can enjoy with any meal.
  • Tatsoi {CSA}: you can use this Asian green just like spinach – so eat it raw or quickly saute it. For a quick meal, try this suggestion of adding it on top of egg and avocado toast. Yum!
  • Bitter Melon {CSA}: have you tried bitter melon before? It is completely new to us but we are excited to try it! This link gives details on how to prepare it and this link provides information and recipe ideas from different parts of the world. Also, did you realize the bitter melon is medicinal? From lowering blood sugar to providing an excellent source of folates, this edible pod is worth adding to your diet!
  • Red Leaf Lettuce {M/CSA}: these large leaves are perfect for vegetarian lettuce wraps! Try replacing the corn with our salad turnips for a truly seasonal meal.
  • Ford Hook Swiss Chard {M/CSA}: these rainy, cool days have me craving soup. Give our Barley and Lentil with Swiss Chard recipe a try!
  • Awesome Asian Lettuce Mix {M/CSA}: it’s almost citrus season so I am thinking about pairing citrus with just about everything. I think this recipe with mandarins, avocado, almonds and an Asian dressing would be perfect with these greens!
  • Tender Collards {M/CSA}: these tender collards are perfect for a quick saute. I love this combination with sesame seeds, sesame oil and mirin for an Asian twist on a Southern classic.
  • Red Russian Kale {M/CSA}: have you tried The Best Kale Salad yet? This week might be the perfect time to try it because you can use the cabbage from your CSA share as well.
  • Scarlet Salad Turnips {M}: shave some of these over a salad or include in the lettuce wraps mentioned above. You can also use these in our Roasted Radish and Salad Turnips with Barley Salad recipe!
  • Spicy Large Leaf Arugula {M}: I love mixing arugula with milder salad greens for a nice balance of flavor. Try our Sweetened Dressing for Spicy Greens recipe and enjoy the boldness of this delicious green!
  • Spicy Asian Mustard Greens {M}: everything gets turned into pesto these days but here is a fresh take. It uses sprouted nuts and eliminates cheese so it’s great for those of us who are dairy-free!
  • Baby Romaine Lettuce {M}: you can’t say romaine without thinking about Caesar salad. If you want to enjoy this classic without feeling guilty, try this tofu based dressing!

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Alice O’Dea Article

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