We can’t say enough about this fabulous, diet-friendly and delicious summer salad from allrecipes.com. Just because the calendar reads September doesn’t mean you can’t continue to enjoy the flavors of summer. Now, in fact, is the best time to pick up freshly harvested, organically grown watermelons and arugula at Colchester Neighborhood Farm.
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups arugula
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 cups bite sized watermelon chunks
- Whisk the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, and salt together in a small bowl; set aside.
- Combine the arugula, spinach, onions, and tomatoes in a large salad bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad mixture; toss to coat. Add the feta cheese and watermelon to serve.
This recipe for Pico de Gallo uses fresh ingredients that are being harvested at Colchester Neighborhood Farm. While Pico de Gallo is very similar to salsa, the biggest difference between these two dishes is that salsa recipes can vary, using a variety of fruits and vegetables, some that are fresh and some that are cooked. Pico de Gallo uses only fresh, uncooked ingredients and the ingredients are always the same. Serve this up along with tortilla chips and some Margaritas this weekend.
Pico de Gallo
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 lb Tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 Green Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 or 3 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded and finely chopped
½ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Juice of one Lime
Salt & Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and serve with tortilla chips or alternative. Use in wraps or in a salad with greens and avocado.
Beets are one of those vegetables that may not have the prestige and popularity of green beans or even potatoes but these purple root vegetables should not be underestimated. Packing so much nutritional value as well as some ancillary benefits that are sure to boost your life in a number of ways, beets deserve a spot right next to sweet potatoes and avocados on the list of today’s popular “superfoods.” From lowering blood pressure to boosting your mood, beets are one of those vegetables that, if you haven’t incorporated them into your diet, it might be a good idea to find a place for them at your dinner table. Here are just a few of the nutritional benefits and some other advantages of eating beets.
- According to the website, lovebeets.com, beets are good for the mind, body, and spirit. Because beets contain betaine, a substance that relaxes the mind and is used to treat depression, eating beets can elevate your mood. Along with that substance, the vegetable also contains tryptophan, which is also found in chocolate and contributes to an overall sense of well being.
- Ancient Romans believed the beet to be an aphrodisiac. And they may have been on to something. Beets contain high levels of boron which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.
- Beets can be made into a wine that tastes similar to port.
- Beets are a traditional food eaten at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
- In 1975 it was giant step for beets when, during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, cosmonauts from the USSR’s Soyuz 19 welcomed the Apollo 18 astronauts by preparing a banquet of borscht (beet soup) in zero gravity.
- Beets enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame when Dwight Schrute, a character from the hit television show The Office declared himself a devoted beet farmer, often referencing the sweet root vegetable in different episodes of the show.
- Little flakes of dandruff on your shoulders? Try boiling beets in water and then massaging the cooled down water into your scalp each night; it is believed to be an effective cure for dandruff.
- Move over tulips. According to theredrushblog.com, the biggest beet in the world weighed over 156 pounds and was grown by a Dutchman.
- Beet juice has been used on city streets to remove the ice because it doesn’t damage cars like sand or salt.
- Pickled beets on hamburgers in Australia are as integral as tomatoes on a hamburger here in the US.
- Beets are often called nature’s candy
- According to legend, if a man and woman eat from the same beetroot, they will fall in love.
- You can use beet juice as hair dye, though it will wash out rather quickly.
There’s no denying that there are plenty of nutritional and other advantages to eating beets. This week, Colchester Neighborhood Farm is packing this root vegetable into its CSA shares. Stop by the farm and pick up a few organically grown, freshly harvested beets…it could be just the pick me up you are looking for. Tell us your favorite recipe for cooking up beets.