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    Sprouted Lentil and Radish Salad with Grilled Salmon

    Sprouted Lentil and Radish Salad with Grilled Salmon
    Sprouted lentils and spring radishes are both oh so delicious and nutritious! This quick salad uses a pantry staple star to remake your weeknight side or weekday lunch into a filling and wholesome meal that also happens to highlight some gorgeous spring crops. You can also sub in any other spring vegetable from our recent harvest boxes - salad turnips, sweet carrots, and sugar snap peas would all be excellent substitutions or additions.

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    Chopped Greek Salad with Radishes and Snap Peas

    Chopped Greek Salad with Radishes and Snap Peas
    Like many folks, the Paulovits family was looking for new ways to use the radishes from their harvest boxes this last winter. We chatted a lot at pick-up and our first blog post of 2023 on the Purple Heart Radish with all the recipe suggestions was a popular topic. We are always looking for more ways to get folks excited about our local produce though so, when they came across this recipe and told me about it, I asked them to share.

    I've taken the linked recipe and made some augments to it to be more reflective of a traditional chopped Greek salad. I also wanted to share how easy it is to make substitutions and alter recipes like this to what best suits your tastes and what you have readily available. Think of any recipe we share as quidelines rather than hard and fast rules and you'll do well!

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    Spring Cobb Salad Recipe

    Spring Cobb Salad Recipe

    Spring is here in Central Oregon and to me, that means lighter meals like big salads for lunch and dinner with bright dressings featuring fruits and herbs.

    This spring take on the traditional cobb salad fits the bill! Celebrate vegetables that bridge winter and spring, like beets and spring onions, and fresh additions that are just coming in season, like asparagus. Here, instead of the traditionally used bacon, I wrapped the asparagus with prosciutto and blasted it under the broiler for a couple minutes. The salad greens get a spring twist too; spinach, green leaf, and chopped raw bok choy make the perfect bed for the array of veggies on top.

    Did you know that you can eat bok choy raw? Bok choy is perfect in a salad with its crunchy stalks and soft, tender leaves. You may never cook it again!

    A couple of local eggs (which Agricultural Connections can also supply) are a rich treat and add some protein to this salad. Top it all off with a bright, lemony vinaigrette flecked with fresh dill, and you’ve got a crave-worthy lunch!

    spring-cobb-salad-agricultural-connectionsSpring Cobb Salads:

    Serves 4

    8-10 Asparagus Spears
    Olive oil
    4 oz prosciutto, sliced lengthwise
    4 large handfuls assorted salad greens (washed and chopped) such as spinach, green leaf, and bok choy
    ½ cup sliced red spring onion
    1 avocado, sliced
    3 beets, roasted, peeled and cut into cubes
    2 hard-boiled local eggs, quartered
    1/4 cup shredded Colby jack cheese

    Lemon Dill Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

    Bread for serving (optional)

    Lemon Dill Vinaigrette:

    1-2 tablespoons chopped red spring onion
    1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    2 teaspoons local honey
    ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
    Freshly ground pepper to taste
    Dash of Worcestershire sauce
    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    ¾ cup olive oil
    3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

    Combine the onion, mustard, honey, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and lemon juice in a blender. Pulse a few times, then add turn on and add the olive oil in steady stream. Taste the dressing and add more salt, pepper, honey or lemon juice to taste. Stir in the fresh dill. 

    Note: This can be made one week ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

    Make the prosciutto wrapped asparagus: Preheat your broiler to high and place the asparagus spears on a large baking sheet. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. With a half slice of prosciutto, wrap the asparagus starting just under the scaled tip, and continue down in a spiral. 

    For the salads:


    Broil 3-4 minutes, then flip the asparagus over on the sheet and broil for another 3 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Set aside while you assemble the salads.

    In each salad bowl, place a large handful of the mixed greens. On top of the greens, lay the sliced onion, sliced avocado, cubed beets, shredded cheese, and add two egg quarters. Place two asparagus spears on top and drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Serve with bread or toast if desired.



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