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Mixed Green Salad with Garlic Honey Vinaigrette

When it comes to holiday entertaining, it doesn’t get any easier than mixed greens and vinaigrette. This base recipe is ultra-simple and pared down to keep the budget low, but you can easily make the dish your own by adding chopped fruits, nuts, raw vegetables, or whatever you have available in your pantry.

Substituting three heaping tablespoons of raspberry preserves or orange marmalade for the honey and garlic in this recipe is a simple way to transform the dressing to a fruity vinaigrette. You can use a flavored vinegar to mix things up.

This recipe yields just over a cup of salad dressing– twice the portion than you need for a dinner party of eight. The extra dressing will keep well in a jar or bottle in the refrigerator. Just be sure to allow the dressing to come to room temperature before serving, since the olive oil will thicken when it is cold.

Mixed Green Salad with Garlic Honey Vinaigrette (serves 8)
Salad:
2 cups loosely packed spinach leaves, stems removed
1 bunch leaf lettuce, stems removed
1 bunch arugula, tough stems removed
Dressing:
3/4 cup organic olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup local honey
2 garlic cloves, pressed into a paste
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper

Chop the spinach, lettuce, and arugula into bite sized pieces and place them in a large salad bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Toss salad with half of the dressing and serve immediately. Store the remaining dressing for another use.

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Local Box Meal Plan: May 30-June 3

I know lots of people around here complain about the sweltering summer heat, but for the most part, I kind of like it. I’m a native Texan, so I’m sure that has something to do with it, but beyond the heat summer means iced sweet tea, swimming pools, and Local Boxes filled with stuff like peaches, green beans, and tomatoes. It’s just hard to beat all of that.

Peaches – Caskey Orchards 
Leeks – Bar W
Zephyr & Gold Zucchini Squash – Texas Natural 
New Potatoes – Naegelin Farm 
White Onion – Gundermann Acres 
Carrots – Acadian Family Farm
Pickling Cucumbers – Acadian Family Farm
Green Beans – Acadian Family Farm OR Tecolote Farm
Green Tomatoes – Fruitful Hill Farm
Leaf or Romaine Lettuce – Acadian Family Farm

 

Spicy dill refrigerator pickles – This recipe has a handy calculator that’ll help you figure out how to adjust the recipe for the number of cucumbers you get.

Green bean, potato, and leek salad – We probably won’t get four leeks, so use white onions instead.

Summer squash casserole – I like the idea of this casserole, but will use butter instead of margarine and lower the amount by at least half. You rarely need an entire cup of butter in a non-bakery recipe.

Open-face bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomato sandwiches – Oh yes. Just….yes. Use whatever lettuce you get instead of the Bibb.

Skillet pork chop saute with peaches – I like the sweet and savory combo of flavors here. Plus, this recipe is pretty fast – last time I made it, it took about half an hour.

Local Box Meal Plan: May 23-27

Peaches AND blackberries in the same box? I think it’s safe to say that summer has really arrived!

Peaches – Lund Produce
Blackberries – Wheeler Farm
Fiesta Beets – Tecolote Farm
White Onion – Gundermann Acres
Mixed Carrots – Lund Produce
Flat Leaf Parsley – Tecolote Farm
Corn – Acadian Family Farm
Radish Bunch – My Father’s Farm
Red & Green Basil – My Father’s Farm
Romaine Lettuce – Bar W

 

Peach-blackberry compote with basil syrup – An awesome summer dessert.

Corn and carrot salad with golden raisins – This is going to be a great side dish for something grilled.

Ginger chicken Romaine wraps – Add some sliced basil to these.

Chilled beet and onion salad – Add some sliced radishes to this to add a little bite.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: May 9-13

Have y’all seen Yummly yet? It’s a database that searches all (or at least most) recipes online. You can sort by a ton of factors, including ingredients, tastes (sweet, salty, etc.), food allergies, diets, and so on. It’s the best database of its kind that I’ve come across. Check it out if you get a chance – I came up with most of the recipes in today’s meal plan using that site.

Yellow Beans – Animal Farm
Kale – Green Collar
Carrots – Acadian Family Farm
Red Beets – Massey Farm
Purple Top Turnips – Gundermann Acres
Watermelon Radish- Tecolote Farm
Radicchio – Tecolote Farm
Red Leaf Lettuce – Acadian Family Farm
Spring Onions – Bar W Ranch & Farm
Garlic – Fruitful Hill Farm

 

Portuguese kale-carrot soup–This version calls for soy chorizo, but sub the real thing (the Spanish smoked kind) if you wish.

Sweet and sour beets

Radish and pine nut salad – An easy, but not boring, salad.

Grilled sausage with potatoes and beans – A great grill recipe. Use your yellow beans in place of the green ones.

Grilled radicchio – I posted something similar to this recipe last year, but it bears repeating as a reminder to you. This is one of the most awesome ways to prepare radicchio (and romaine and endive, for that matter). Don’t knock grilled lettuce till you try it.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: May 2-6

I hope everyone’s been enjoying the cool weather we’ve had the last few days. I know the cool-weather veggies like lettuce and kale are!

Yellow Onion – Naegelin
Kohlrabi – Tecolote Farm
Curly Kale – Texas Natural
Bok Choy – Texas Daily Harvest
Red Beets – Acadian Family Farm
Spring Onions – Gundermann Acres
Red Radish – Massey
Limes – G&S Groves
Romaine Lettuce – Bar W
Red Leaf Lettuce – Acadian Family Farm

Bok choy stir-fry – It’s the fifth recipe on this page (which includes a ton of other bok choy recipes if you want more options). Use the spring onion tops as the green onions, and add sliced spring onions to the recipe when you add the bok choy.

Beet and kale penne pasta – I bet this is a gorgeous color when it’s finished.

Kohlrabi and radish salad – The recipe calls for daikon radish, but we’ve already learned that any radish tastes awesome roasted, so use the ones you get.

Chicken coconut soup with kale and curry – Love the fresh flavors in this soup.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: April 25-29

Well, hello heirloom tomatoes. So nice to see you again! If you’ve been sweltering in the 90-degree days we’ve been having lately, at least take heart in the fact that the heat is helping local tomato crops.

Spring Lettuce Mix – Tecolote Farm
Chard – Bradshaw Farm
Brussels Sprouts OR Green Beans – Hillside Farm OR Naegelin Farm
Summer Squash – Acadian Family Farm
New Potatoes – Green Gate Farms
Flat Leaf Parsley – Tecolote Farm
Heirloom Tomatoes – Bluebonnet Hydroponic
Mango – G&S Groves
Crisp Green Leaf Lettuce – Lund Produce Company

Tangy herbed lettuce soup – I told you last week I’d find you a lettuce soup recipe! This one even uses up some of the potatoes you’ll get this week. Use the green leaf lettuce you get for this recipe, and stick with using the spring mix in salads. Also, use parsley instead of basil (unless you happen to have basil on hand, in which case I’d use both).

Tomato-squash skillet – I usually don’t cook heirloom tomatoes because they have such an amazing raw flavor, but if you’re tired of salads and don’t feel like eating them raw this week, try this recipe. I might add a few chickpeas to round out the protein here and make it a vegan main course, or mix in some diced, cooked chicken if you eat meat.

Chard-mango smoothie – What? Chard in a smoothie? I know! Sounds weird, but I’m a fan of spinach in smoothies and this isn’t far off. Just give it a shot if you’re skeptical – I think you’ll be surprised at how non-chardy it tastes. I would add about a cup of a liquid to this recipe, maybe some almond milk or orange juice. 

For the brussels sprouts and green beans, I’m thinking a nice turn on the grill would work for both – I’m loving grilled veggies these days. Grease a grill wok and add the veggies tossed in some olive oil and your favorite seasonings (I’ve been using lemon pepper lately). Grill over medium-high heat until tender, around 10 minutes, stirring often to keep the ones on the bottom from burning. Make sure to trim the green beans or halve the brussels sprouts before cooking. If you don’t have a grill wok, just put the veggies on a big piece of aluminum foil on the grill, or use your broiler instead.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: April 18-22

Here are some easy recipes that you  can serve at any holiday meals you might host this weekend.

Easter Egg Radish – Animal Farm
Red Beet Bunch – Acadian Family Farm
Kale – Texas Natural
Mushrooms – Kitchen Pride
Scapes – Green Gate Farms
Garlic – Fruitful Hill Farm
Mustard Greens OR Escarole – Tecolote Farm
Spring Mix – My Father’s Farm
Strawberries – Naegelin
Red Leaf Lettuce – Naegelin

Garlic scape and almond pesto – This would be good over fish, or pork, even.

Strawberry and beet tartare – This sounds so interesting! I’m thinking it makes a good spread for water crackers.

Radish tart – A good vegetarian brunch dish.

Fettucine with mustard greens and mushrooms – Escarole will work here if that’s what you get. This recipe makes a lot, so you’ll probably have to halve it because you won’t get enough mushrooms for the whole recipe.

Kale with caramelized onions and garlic – I like the addition of onions to the traditional sauteed kale.

As the lettuce we’re getting is a pretty tender kind (as opposed to tougher varieties like romaine), I’m just going to use it in salads. I’m working on digging up some other ways to use lettuce, but most of the more tender varieties just won’t stand up to cooking.