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?