Summering in France Recipes

Cool, crisp and colorful, Salade Niçoise is the hallmark of summer in France, layered with fresh produce like green beans, heirloom tomatoes and mini Romaine lettuce, plus creamy hard-boiled eggs and accents like briny black olives and protein-rich tuna. Thus, your box this week includes both local and imported ingredients to create your own version of the famous salad, plus summer berry jam, a crisp Sonoma Rosé, Pain au Levain baguette and our housemade galette dough to whip up a lovely peach-kissed dessert.

Here are a few recipes ideas for the week:

Salade Niçoise
This classic, colorful salad from the esteemed Julia Child can be customized to your liking.

Niçoise Vinaigrette
Julia Child’s famous vinaigrette, crafted from lemon juice and Dijon mustard.

Summer Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad
Incredibly fresh and light, this colorful salad is accented by a robust heirloom tomato vinaigrette.

Grilled Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette
In addition to salads, this bright dressing is wonderful tossed with pasta, or drizzled over steamed or grilled artichokes.

Roasted Cipollini Onions
These tender little onions are fabulous served atop grilled chicken, steak or bratwurst.

Garlic & Ginger Green Beans
This zingy preparation will soon be a new favorite.

Peach Galette
Sprinkled with a dusting of cinnamon sugar, this fresh tart is sure to please.

Roasted Cipollini Onions

These tender little onions are fabulous served atop grilled chicken, steak or bratwurst.

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons butter
2 pounds Cipollini onions, peeled and trimmed
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 325°.

2. Melt butter in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onions and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to oven and roast, tossing occasionally, until deeply caramelized and tender, about 30 minutes.

Garlic & Ginger Green Beans

This zingy preparation will soon be a new favorite.

Ingredients:
1 pound green beans
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
Pinch of red pepper flakes

Method:
1. Blanch green beans in a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes until just tender and then drain and cool the beans with a rinse of cold water.

2. In a large sauté pan heat the sesame and olive oils over medium heat until shimmering. Add the ginger root and garlic and sauté for 1 minute until both are soft and fragrant. Add in beans, soy sauce, water and red pepper flakes and cook until the liquid is dissolved. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Grilled Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette

In addition to this week’s salad, this bright dressing is wonderful tossed with pasta, or drizzled over steamed or grilled artichokes.

Ingredients:
1-2 heirloom tomatoes, halved and seeded
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
½ cup olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill tomato halves until soft and slightly charred, beginning flesh side down, and flipping over halfway through cooking so both sides have grill marks. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

2. In a food processor or blender, combine tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice and herbs and process until smooth. Check for seasoning and season liberally with salt and pepper.

3. Then, with processor running, slowly add olive oil and process until well blended. Set aside until ready to use.

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