Mean, Green, Eating Machine


Author: Codi Hale 

Fairview Garden has just started to harvest their new crops for the winter!

Some of the new greens I am excited about are the spicy mixes and arugula. These leafy greens add a hint of variety to any salad or side dish.

Spicy mixed greens can take a bit to get used to, since they are a little more bitter. If you are just starting to work with these, try starting off with this simple Spicy Greens and Balsamic Dressing.

[taken from Rachael Ray of foodnetwork.com]

  • 1 bunch arugula, cleaned, trimmed and chopped 
  • 1 head radicchio, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped escarole, 1/2 head
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, cracked
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Arrange greens on a large platter. Heat oil and garlic in a small pan over moderate heat. Simmer garlic in oil to infuse the flavor. Remove the garlic from the oil and transfer it to a small bowl. Wipe the pan and return to heat. Add balsamic vinegar. Raise heat to high and reduce vinegar by 1/2, 30 seconds. Stream oil into saucepan and whisk to combine with vinegar. Drizzle dressing over the salad and season the greens with salt and pepper.

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To try a different variation of a simple spicy greens mix, change up the style! Add this Spicy Green Salad with Soy & Roasted Garlic Dressing.

[taken from eatingwell.com]

DRESSING

  • 1 head garlic
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

SALAD

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus pinch of salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 small clove garlic
  • 2 cups baby mizuna, baby kale or Asian salad mix
  • 2 cups baby red mustard greens, tatsoi or watercress, any tough stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted (see Tip)
  1. To prepare dressing: Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Rub excess papery skin off garlic head without separating cloves. Slice the tip off, exposing the ends of the cloves. Place the garlic head on a piece of foil, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and wrap into a package. Put in a baking dish and bake until the garlic is very soft, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Unwrap and let cool slightly. Increase oven temperature to 450°F.
  3. Squeeze the garlic pulp into a blender or food processor (discard the skins). Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, ginger, sesame oil and soy sauce; blend or process until smooth. Season with pepper.
  4. To prepare salad: Toss asparagus with 2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender and browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, season a wooden salad bowl by rubbing with 1/2 clove garlic and a pinch of salt. Chop the garlic and add to the bowl along with all the greens. (If leaves are large, tear them into bite-size pieces first.) Pour 1/4 cup of the dressing over the greens. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining 1/2 cup dressing for up to 3 days.) Sprinkle the salad with sesame seeds and the asparagus; toss and serve.

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Other than salads, spicy greens are delicious as a substitute for other greens. For example, try this Arugula Pesto recipe; it’s a nice way to change pace and flavor from what you’re used to!

[taken from simplyrecipes.com]

  • 2 cups of packed arugula leaves, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup of shelled walnuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1/2 garlic clove peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

METHOD

1 Brown 6 garlic cloves with their peels on in a skillet over medium high heat until the garlic is lightly browned in places, about 10 minutes. Remove the garlic from the pan, cool, and remove the skins.

2 Toast the nuts in a pan over medium heat until lightly brown, or heat in a microwave on high heat for a minute or two until you get that roasted flavor. In our microwave it takes 2 minutes.

3a Food processor method (the fast way): Combine the arugula, salt, walnuts, roasted and raw garlic into a food processor. Pulse while drizzling the olive oil into the processor. Remove the mixture from the processor and put it into a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

3b Mortar and pestle method: Combine the nuts, salt and garlic in a mortar. With the pestle, grind until smooth. Add the cheese and olive oil, grind again until smooth. Finely chop the arugula and add it to the mortar. Grind up with the other ingredients until smooth.

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Have fun changing it up guys!

Remember: “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha