Roasted Spring Radishes and Asparagus Salad

DID YOU KNOW? Asparagus is one of nature’s best cancer-prevention veggies — and they’re so tasty, too!

Serves two

1 cup halved radishes
2 cups asparagus, chopped into thirds
1 Tbsp. olive oil

Green Onion Vinaigrette
2 Tbsp. olive oil (or Nash’s camelina oil)
3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 green onion
1 Tbsp. chives
1 Tbsp. sugar or honey
Zest and juice from 1/2 lemon

Preheat oven to 400˚. Toss radish and asparagus in olive oil. Spread out in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until radish and asparagus is tender.

Meanwhile, combine vinaigrette ingredients into a food processor or blender. Mix until well combined and green onion is in small pieces. Once asparagus and radishes are done, toss in vinaigrette.

Serve as a side dish or atop a bed of arugula or other salad greens.

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Fresh Radish and Greens Salad

radishes with greensDressing
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
3 tablespoons walnut or olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Dash of salt

4 cups mixed greens (you can substitute spinach)
1 cup thinly sliced red radishes (about 2 bunches)
1 large apple, quartered, cut into julienne strips
1/2 cup cucumber cut into julienne strips
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup feta cheese

Place dressing ingredients in a large bowl, whisk together, and set aside. Combine greens, sliced radishes, apple strips, shredded carrots, and cucumber strips in a large salad bowl. Toss salad with 3/4 of dressing (add all dressing if necessary) and place on four plates. Garnish each plate with walnuts and feta cheese.

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Triticale berries with baby bok choy and onion comfit

triticale1 cup triticale berries, cooked
2 bunches baby bok choy
1 bunch spicy radishes
1/4 cup onion comfit (see below)

To cook berries, soak them overnight in 1 1/2 cups water. Drain the water and place berries in a medium sauce pan. Add 2 cups water and cook on medium heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once cooked, let cool down.

Meanwhile, slice baby bok choy into quarters, place on a grill and cook till they start getting nice grill marks. Let cool. Clean and slice radishes.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl starting with berries and adding onion comfit, radishes, and grilled baby bok choy. You can also use fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro to garnish.

Onion comfit
2 large red onions, sliced thinly
1/2 cup red wine
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a medium sauce pan place sliced onions and a little bit of oil, and cook on medium heat till translucent, about 15 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring often until the liquid has been reduced, about 20 minutes. Store in fridge until ready to serve. Use on sandwiches or with a hummus dip.

We thank Nash’s Farm Chef Karolina Tracz for this recipe.

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Cucumber, Radish, and Baby Walla Walla Onion Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing

baby walla walla bunches

Your average green onions not sweet enough for you? Try baby Walla Walla onion bunches!

6 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 English hothouse cucumbers, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
2 1/2 cups thinly sliced radishes (about 2 bunches)
1 1/2 cups matchstick-size strips baby Walla Walla onions (about 8)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Mix first 3 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Add cucumbers and toss to coat. Let stand 1 hour, tossing occasionally.

Drain cucumber mixture. Return cucumbers to large bowl. Add radishes and green onions. Toss salad with Chili-Lime Dressing. Sprinkle with mint.

Chili-Lime Dressing

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon chili oil (available at Asian markets and in the Asian foods section of some supermarkets.)
1 tablespoon packed golden brown sugar (maple syrup or honey are other options)
1 teaspoon minced garlic

Whisk lime juice, soy sauce, chili oil, sugar and garlic in medium bowl to blend. Season dressing to taste with pepper. Cover and refrigerate. Can be made 6 hours ahead.

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Hopping Nash Fritters

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Named for “Hopping John Fritters,” these patties are supposed to bring good luck to those who eat them on New Year’s Day.

1 cup Nash’s dried fava beans, blanched
1 cup triticale berries, cooked
2 cups dried black-eyed peas, cooked
1 pound Nash’s sweet Italian sausage
1 medium onion
1 bunch parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 bunch purple radishes
1 teaspoon or less cayenne pepper
Bread crumbs

Soak fava beans overnight in 2 cups water, drain and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Soak triticale overnight in 2 cups water, drain and cook in 1 1/2 cups of water for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Soak black-eyed peas overnight in 4 cups water, drain and cook in 3 cups water for about 1 hour on medium heat.

Saute pork in medium skillet, add chopped onion, chopped parsley, salt,
pepper and sliced radishes. Let cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat. Once the sausage turns golden brown, turn off heat and let cool.
Drain cooked berries and black-eyed peas (make sure there is no liquid on bottom of cooking dish). Let cool.

In a separate bowl, combine triticale berries, black-eyed peas and sausage combo. Mash together just so the beans start to break apart. Add fava beans and cayenne pepper. Mix all together and form patties. Add some bread crumbs so they hold together well. If you like a gluten-free option add a little bit of almond meal and it will act as a binder. Pan fry and enjoy the good luck that local foods bring to your table.

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Vegetarian Lasagna

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You can add all sorts of veggies to this lasagna. Let us know your favorite additions!

1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bunches baby turnips, sliced
4 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil
1 12-ounce can crushed or chopped tomatoes
2 8-ounce cans tomato paste
1 12-ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon salt, plus additional for boiling noodles
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
12 lasagna noodles
3 cups fresh spinach
1 bunch radishes, sliced
2 cups chickpeas, cooked
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese

Sauté onion, garlic, baby turnips, parsley and basil. Add crushed or chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and all the spices (fennel seeds, oregano, thyme, cumin, salt and pepper). Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 10 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside until ready to assemble.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spread 1/2 cup sauce in a baking dish and layer 4 lasagna noodles lengthwise over the sauce. Spread another cup of sauce, then a layer of spinach with a layer of sliced radishes. You can add other fresh veggies (including the turnip tops) to the layers, then spread some of the chickpeas on top. Repeat the layers, then top with cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 25-30 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes. Serves 12.

We thank Karolina’s Kitchen for this recipe.

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Massaged Kale Salad

The concept behind “massaging” kale with salt, lemon juice and olive oil is that the kale leaves will soften and relax, not just because you are rubbing them with the citrus juice and oil, but because the acid in the juice helps breaks down fibers in the kale and makes it taste sweeter.

lacinato kale

Even your kale deserves a good massage. Any type of kale will work well with this recipe — try them all to find the one you like best!

1 bunch Nash’s kale, any type
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)

De-stem one bunch of Nash’s kale and break the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Mix them with salt and lemon juice. Massage the leaves thoroughly for about 5 minutes, then add olive oil and massage for 1 minute more. The kale should be noticeably softer and darker. You could also add honey or maple syrup if you prefer a slightly sweeter salad. Yes, your hands will be oily, but your kale will love you for it!

Toss kale leaves with:

• Toasted nuts (pine nuts, almonds, pecans)
• Dried cherries, currants, or cranberries
• Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, or crumbled Feta
• Sprouted quinoa or cooked whole Nash’s triticale or wheat berries
• Sliced radishes, baby white turnips, cucumbers, or zucchini

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Gartlic Shoot Crostini

mixed radishes

Shredded radishes and finely chopped young garlic give this tasty crostini recipe a delicious crunch.

4 peeled hard-boiled eggs
8 thick slices artisan bread (ciabatta, levain, or baguette)
1 stalk garlic shoot, finely chopped
6-8 radishes, shredded
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Chervil, thyme, mint, parsley, or dill, finely chopped

Toast the bread and let cool. Use a large-holed grater to shred the eggs. Liberally butter the cooled toasts. You want the toast to cool first because you don’t want the butter to melt into the toast but rather to be its own distinct and delicious layer in the crostini. Sprinkle each piece of buttered toast with the garlic shoots, then layer on the shredded egg. Top evenly with the radishes and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with the herb(s) of your choice.

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