The CSA has had a great start and lots of radishes and arugula each week. You may find yourself looking for a change-up in how you can use your bounty of these items. Previously we posted a great recipe for Arugula Pesto and we have told many people about the wonders of roasting your radishes – so good!
A fellow shareholder, Sue, sent in these recipes for a few additional options – enjoy everyone! these sound delicious.
Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad
1 cup pearled farro (6 ounces)
1 cup fresh apple cider
2 bay leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup roasted, salted pistachios, whole or chopped
1 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
1 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved through the stem
1/3 cup thinly sliced radishes (2 to 3 radishes)
2 cups baby arugula
1/2 cup shaved Italian Parmesan cheese
Flaked sea salt, such as Maldon
- Place the farro, apple cider, bay leaves, 2 teaspoons salt, and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, until the farro is tender. (If all the liquid is absorbed before the farro is tender, add a little more water.) Drain the farro and transfer to a large serving bowl. Discard the bay leaves.
- Meanwhile, in a small measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt (many recommend reducing to 1/2 tsp), and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir the vinaigrette into the warm farro and set aside for at least 15 minutes to cool.
- Before serving, stir in the pistachios, parsley, mint, tomatoes, and radishes. Add the arugula and lightly fold in the Parmesan so as not to break it up too much. Sprinkle with the sea salt and serve immediately.
Grandmother’s Radish Leaf Soup from Epicurious
3 large bunches radishes
1 tablespoon butter
1 very large onion, chopped
4 russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, chopped
3 cups water
2/3 cup milk (can omit if you would like)
Cut leaves from radishes and wash well. (Reserve radishes for another use.) Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add radish leaves and sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add potatoes and 3 cups water. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
Puree soup in batches in blender. Return to saucepan. Mix in milk. Stir over medium heat until hot. Season soup with salt and pepper.
It has also been noted that you an add in the garlic and scallions to this soup!