Week Three: Salads and Pestos!

Welcome to beautiful Week Three, featuring two salads, a slaw, a kale-garlic scape pesto and a balsamic mushroom tart with a parsley-walnut pesto. Let’s head to the kitchen!

Our first two salads intentionally don’t have measurements, so you can make them for one, or make them for a large group, and vary the amount of each ingredient to your liking!

Groundswell - Apple-Blue Cheese-Walnut Salad

Apple-Blue Cheese-Walnut Salad
Mixed lettuces, based on what you picked up, torn
Diced crisp apple
Blue cheese
Chopped walnuts

Spicy Strawberry Salad
Spicy mixed greens + spinach, torn
Sliced strawberries
Chèvre, crumbled
Slivered almonds
Sunflower sprouts (or other sprouts)

Dressing for above salads
2 parts extra-virgin olive oil
1 part balsamic vinegar
1/2 part honey
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

(So for example, you might do 2 TBSP olive oil, 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar and 1/2 TBSP honey with salt and pepper for a salad for one. For a larger group, you might do 1/2 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar and 1/8 c. honey with salt and pepper to taste.)

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The Kitchen Beet - Balsamic Mushroom Tart

Balsamic Mushroom Tart with Parsley-Walnut Pesto
recipe credit: my food blog, The Kitchen Beet 

This one is a little more labor-intensive than most of the recipes I’ll be posting, but truly worth the effort! I was delighted at the gorgeous gathering of parsley we all received this week!

The Onions:
1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, peeled, cut in half and sliced into thin half moons

The Mushrooms:
1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
16 oz. whole baby bella mushrooms, stems cut even with top of mushroom and sliced

The Pesto:
1 large garlic clove
2/3 c. walnuts
1 c. loosely packed fresh parsley, de-stemmed
1/2 c. of your sautéed mushrooms
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 – 2 TBSP water
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

To Assemble:
6 – 7 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
olive oil, for brushing dough
1/3 c. freshly grated parmesan
2 – 3 oz. chèvre cheese
handful of fresh parsley leaves

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a large, rimmed baking sheet.

In a large skillet/sauce pan, heat 1 TBSP of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and stir. Add the 2 TBSP of balsamic vinegar and stir. Saute for 15 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid released by the mushrooms has evaporated. Set aside.

While your mushrooms are cooking, heat the other 1 TBSP of live oil in another large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often. The onions should be soft and lightly caramelized.

To make the parsley-walnut pesto, add garlic, walnuts, parsley, 1/2 cup of your sautéed mushrooms, olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a food processor. You could also do this in a blender. It will take a little longer, and you’ll need to scape down the sides more often, but it works! Pulse to mix everything together. Add 1 – 2 TBSP of water, depending on how much liquid your pesto needs to move around a little easier. Add your salt and pepper and mix everything together well.

To assemble the tart, place one sheet of phyllo dough on the parchment paper on your baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush with olive oil. Place another sheet on top and brush with olive oil again. Repeat until you’ve used 6 – 7 sheets of dough. Keep in mind that phyllo dough can be finicky – if you have two sheets stick together, that’s fine! You just want 6 – 7 total, and at least 3 – 4 layers of brushed olive oil. Do not brush your last layer. Fold the edges of the tart in 1/2 – 1 inch, and brush this crust to help it stick in place.

Add all of your parsley-walnut pesto to the top layer of phyllo dough. Sprinkle your freshly grated parmesan evenly over the pesto. Then add your onions and remaining balsamic mushrooms on top. Finally, add chèvre on top in multiple places. You can use as much or as little as you’d like; I like about 2 – 3 oz. worth.

Bake your tart at 350 F for 27 – 30 minutes. Let it cool for 5 – 8 minutes before adding fresh parsley on top, and cutting with a pizza cutter.

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Kohlrabi-Carrot Slaw
recipe credit: The Kitchn 

1 large kohlrabi, peeled, stems trimmed off, grated
1/4 head purple cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
1/4 c. golden raisins (optional)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP sugar or sucanat
1 tsp. salt

Combine kohlrabi, purple cabbage, carrots, onion, cilantro and raisins in large bowl. In a small bowl with pourable spout, whisk mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar/sucanat and salt. Pour dressing over slaw and mix fully. Chill for several hours before serving.

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Kale-Garlic Scape Pesto

1  1/2 c. kale, roughly chopped
1/2 c. raw walnuts
1/3 c. chopped garlic scapes
1/3 c. freshly grated parmesan
1 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c. olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

In a food processor (better) or blender, combine all ingredients except olive oil. Pulse a couple of times to start moving everything towards a chunky puree. With your processor or blender running on low, add olive oil in a stream, increasing the speed as you are able. You may have to stop several times and scrape down the sides, especially if you are using a blender. Process until just combined.

Store in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze several batches to you can enjoy this goodness in the middle of next January! See you next week!

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