Week One: Cajun Corn and Radish Side Salad

I’m a little behind on finishing up my week one produce, since I’m still getting the hang of using so many veggies each week! I’ve been so thrilled with how having this much produce to use has forced my diet to be so well-rounded and full of vegetable goodness, though. No complaints here!

I used a few radishes sliced into salads this past week, but wanted to make something a little more interesting with most of them to give my little radishes a chance to shine. Since I’ve never bought radishes before, I thought they deserved that 😉

This delightful and refreshing Cajun Corn and Radish Side Salad does not disappoint! Even though it’s simplicity itself, both my corn-hating husband and I were gobbling it up. And the fun thing is that you could totally adapt it to fit pretty much any extra produce you want to eat — add cucumbers, green peppers, onions…whatever sounds good to you! Throw this easy peasy side salad together and enjoy with a sandwich or hot dog, if you’re a meat eater.

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Cajun Corn and Radish Side Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 can corn (or 4 fresh corn cobs cooked with corn trimmed off)
  • 8 radishes halved and sliced
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 3 TB lime juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients together, mix to combine, and serve as a refreshing side dish!

This dish is so utterly perfect for summer with its crisp and tangy taste, with a nice little kick from the cajun seasoning. You’ll probably hear this a lot this summer, but my husband, who isn’t particularly into vegetables, gobbled this up and exclaimed, “Wow, I guess I really like radishes! Who knew?”

Success.

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Week One: Homemade Peanut-Lime Dressing

Our first week’s CSA basket featured a beautiful Mesclun mix and delicate Arugula that was deserving of more than some bottled grocery store dressing. This week’s basket, which I just picked up (!!), features some tasty-looking head lettuce, as well. So it was time to start testing out some homemade dressings!

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First up is a delicious Peanut-Lime Dressing, with all of my favorite Asian flavors. I added an extra tablespoon of water to the recipe because I liked that consistency better, plus I threw in some salt because I like my food with a hefty salt quotient. Feel free to leave it out in yours 😉

Homemade Peanut-Lime Dressing

Adapted from The Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 4 TB water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 TB rice vinegar
  • 1 TB chopped peeled ginger
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Dash or 2 of salt

Process all ingredients together in a small food processor or blender until well combined. Serve over delicious CSA greens! Only keeps for a couple of days in the fridge, so use it up quickly.

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This particular salad featured mesclun and arugula, feta, chickpeas, radish slices, chopped green onions (week two preview!!), and almond slivers.

What’s your favorite homemade salad dressing?

 

Week One: Quinoa with Radish Green Pesto

After picking up our very first CSA basket of produce this past weekend, I was excited to plan out some delicious meals with unique takes on our giant haul of leafy greens (and radishes!).

I did some research and discovered that radish greens are edible, but that they only keep for a day or two in the fridge. So the radish greens were up first!

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Most people buy radishes and discard the tops, but after my experimentation with them this week, I’d have to say that doing so is a mistake. They have a slightly bitter taste, but are delicious and a versatile green that you don’t get to eat often.

Being the lover of pesto that I am, I decided to make a radish green pesto. And I’m so glad I did! It is delicious, and a great way to use up those radish greens quickly before they wilt.

IMG_4907If you love pesto like I do, I highly recommend saving your radish greens and making a pesto out of them to use on anything from quinoa to pasta to a sandwich spread! I decided to combine my love of pesto with my love of quinoa! I simply sautéed the few remaining radish greens left over from my pesto, and made this into simple and healthy meal.

Quinoa with Radish Green Pesto

Ingredients:

For the Pesto:

  • 2 large handfuls of radish greens, including stems
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
  • 1/8 cup almonds or pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Lemon zest of one lemon and juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Quinoa:

  • Handful radish greens (I also added a handful of spinach to mine for more greens!)
  • Cup of uncooked quinoa
  • Water or vegetable stock
  • Clove garlic
  • TB butter
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 3 TB Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup Radish Green Pesto

Combine all Pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse until blended.

Cook quinoa according to package instructions, either in water or vegetable stock. I use my rice cooker for this purpose, and it works great. While the quinoa is cooking, sauté remaining radish greens (and spinach, if desired) in TB butter with a clove of garlic. Turn off heat on radish greens and add cooked quinoa, lemon juice, parmesan, and Radish Pesto. Stir to combine and enjoy!

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Have you ever eaten radish greens before? What’s your favorite way to eat them?