This week we have been enjoying our vegetables in salads. They do not require cooking, are always ready to eat and are available for several days. My focus this week is physical therapy and healing. Food is key to healing. Fresh fruits and vegetables are important to maintain vitamins and minerals to the body. The CSA share provides a great start for salads.
You don’t really need a specific recipe for summer salads. They include vegetables, protein, cheese, herbs and dressings. Living in New Mexico, pinto beans are a commonly available protein in our CSA shares. These can last in the dried form for more than a year. I keep them in a large glass canning jar and cook them in a pressure cooker. I would recommend using water or chicken broth instead of the tomatoes in this recipe link. They can also be cooked in a slow cooker. We make a larger batch to use throughout the week as a side dish or in this healing salad. Enjoy!
Amy Hetager, CSA Blogger
By Amy and Family
The vegetables, protein, cheese, herbs and dressing can be exchanged with your future CSA share, Farmers Market purchases or garden food. All items should be chopped the same size to have a good texture. I add the same quantity of the vegetables, protein and cheese. You can scale it to cover the amount of people or length of time that you need the salad. It always makes me feel better. Here is my basic recipe.
1 cup Cucumber, diced to the same size as pinto beans
1 cup Pinto Beans, cooked
1 cup Tomatoes, chopped
1 cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 cup Feta Cheese (or cheddar or jack in cubes)
4 cups Arugula, rolled and sliced thinly
Basil, cilantro, thyme chopped from fresh
Red chile seeds to taste
Lime and Olive Oil
Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Mix all ingredients and let sit for at least an hour before enjoying. Add cubes of chicken if you want to increase the protein.