Zucchini Chips

Zucchini leaf

Potatoes aren’t the only vegetable to make delicious chips. Try zucchini!

1 medium zucchini
1+ tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 220 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Thinly slice the zucchini into circles. Place the slices between 2 sheets of paper towels and press on them to extract as much moisture as possible. Line them up on the baking sheet tightly but without overlapping. Then take a pastry brush and brush the olive oil on each zucchini slice. Lightly sprinkle with salt. Be conservative, because you can easily over-salt. You can always add more later. Bake for 2+ hours until they start to brown and get crispy. Let cool before removing and serving. Store in an airtight container.

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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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Zucchini & Lemon Cucumber Salad with Chili, Lemon and Mint Dressing

Nourish Restaurant in Sequim, WANourish, Sequim’s new garden-to-plate restaurant and gathering place, is featuring a series of meals created using items from Nash’s farm share boxes each week. Lemon cucumbers, which are round and sunny yellow, are a cheery alternative to everyday slicing cucumbers, especially in this refreshing summer salad.

Serves 6

4 small zucchini
2 lemon cucumbers
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 medium red chili, finely chopped
1/2 cup good olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup mint leaf, chopped finely
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lemon cucumbers

Lemon cucumbers are like little bits of sunshine in your salad.

Prepare the zucchini and cucumber by peeling into thin, long slices using a vegetable peeler and place into serving bowl.

For the dressing, whisk lemon, olive oil, and garlic, and add the chili and mint. Season to taste.

Toss the zucchini in the dressing and let sit for 15 minutes to soften. Add cucumber just before serving.

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