2012 CSA Week 6 — Backyard Salad

My husband had a coworker who would call salad like this “backyard salad.” We thought that was an appropriate term even though it was meant in a semi-derogatory way. These days I couldn’t agree more: This is indeed backyard salad. But now I’m jealous I wasn’t able to grow it in my own backyard.

Lettuce

More purple stuff (wishing it was real kale though)

I love the taste of these leaves.

Bok Choy-like

Rainbow chard

Could you get through all of these greens in a week? Honestly, we can’t. It’s 5/9ths of a bushel and it overwhelms us.

Our CSA is through Tomato Mountain. Here’s what we got in week 6: Spicy greens mix (Mesclun mix), Lettuce, Red Russian Kale, Red Rain, Bok Choi, Rainbow Chard

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4 Responses to 2012 CSA Week 6 — Backyard Salad

  1. Julie June 28, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Yep I could get through it. Saute some down and put in a quiche or a frittata to eat for breakfasts, Make a salad for lunch, sautee hardier greens in olive oil with garlic and red pepper flakes, Make a stir fry, try a cold soup, Throw some in a curry, saute, chop and add to meat balls, Make a chard gratin or spanikopita type dish. Oh the possibilities are endless.

  2. Uly June 28, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    That purple stuff IS “real kale”.

    Which, funnily enough, is the same exact species that is broccoli. Yup, broccoli and kale are just different cultivars of the same plant, not two different species!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassica_oleracea

  3. Meg June 28, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Yup! I’m actually sort of sad that the weather’s been warm enough to push my CSA into the real “summer” veggies about two weeks early–I love my greens! Kale on pizza or marinated in lemon, salt and olive oil then mixed in with regular salad greens. I LOVE bok choy sliced thin and sauteed with onions, then served over brown rice pasta in peanut sauce. Chard I love chopped and sauteed with shallots, garlic and mushrooms with a little olive oil–my husband thought he hated chard until I started making it that way. And salad greens with a warm mustard vinaigrette is one of my favorite spring sides. Yes, oh yes, the two adults in my house can make it through our half-bushel box of greens every single week!

  4. Michele Hays @QuipsTravails June 28, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    I’ll second the idea of cooking the greens – you’ll be amazed how quickly huge amounts of greens disappear when they’re cooked. Even lettuces can be sauteed like spinach and served over pasta.

    If you’re looking for a cold-weather dish, why not try goma-ae? It’s usually made with spinach, but I’m sure you could incorporate the leafy parts of most of those greens (just cook the heartier ones first.) It takes a ton of greens to make: http://justbento.com/handbook/recipes-sides-and-fillers/blanched-spinach-soy-sauce-sesame-sauce (I love this blog for Japanese cooking, btw.)

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