Grilled Turnips with Mint & Lime

The combination of mint and lime adds summery appeal to these tender-crisp grilled turnips.

Ingredients:
1 bunch Hakurei turnips, scrubbed and trimmed
¼ cup mint, minced
2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of a small lime
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat your grill. Set turnips on a plate and sprinkle with sea salt.

2. Set turnips directly on grill grate away from direct heat and cover. Cook for 5 minutes. Flip turnips and continue to cook, covered. Check after 4-5 minutes, continue turning and cooking until turnips are cooked through.

3. To prepare vinaigrette, whisk together mint, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, plus salt and pepper to taste. Toss with turnips and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Season again with salt and pepper as needed.

Sea Bean Salad

Dressed with olive oil, garlic and a hint of lemon, this simple salad allows this week’s sea beans to shine.

Ingredients:
1 pound sea beans
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil, use high quality oil here
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
Black pepper to taste
¼ cup crumbled feta or Mexican cotija cheese
Lemon or lime juice to taste

Method:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the sea beans for 1 minute. Transfer them to a bowl of ice water to cool. Let them rest for a few minutes. Lay out a tea towel or other cloth towel. Pick through the sea beans to remove any stray bits of seaweed, and to remove any discolored bits or woody bottoms. Use only the top 2-5 inches of the plant. Lay the cleaned sea beans on the towel to dry.

2. Pat the sea beans dry and toss with everything but the lemon juice. Add lemon juice until the salad is as tangy as you like it. Serve cold or at room temperature. This will keep in the fridge for a couple days.

Balsamic-Roasted Potatoes with Sweet Onions

This flavorful side from California’s Chez Panisse is sure to become a staple in your home.

Ingredients:
1 sweet or yellow onion, chopped
12-16 fingerling potatoes, washed and scrubbed
3-6 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 bay leaves
Sprigs of thyme
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Heat the oven to 325°. In a mixing bowl toss the potatoes, garlic and onions with the softened butter making sure to give them all a good coating. Season them with salt and pepper.

2. Place them into an ovenproof gratin dish and top them with the thyme and bay leaves. Add the balsamic and cover tightly with foil.

3. Bake the potatoes for 2 hours. Every thirty minutes remove the foil, stir to coat, then put the foil back on and continue to bake until caramelized from the balsamic glaze. Serve.

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Grilled Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

A fresh blend of Meyer lemon juice, olive oil and garlic adds big flavor to grilled asparagus stalks.

Ingredients:
2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice of 1 Meyer lemon, plus 2 teaspoons lemon zest
½ cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and garlic. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper, as needed. Set aside.

2. Set a grill cooking grate or basket in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. While the grill is preheating, place asparagus in a large bowl and toss with the tablespoon of olive oil, coating evenly. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Add asparagus to grill and cook, turning occasionally, until well charred and tender, about 6 minutes total depending on the thickness of the stalks. Transfer asparagus to a serving platter and drizzle the vinaigrette over the top. Serve immediately.

Variation: Make it a meal by adding flaked smoked salmon and a fried duck egg to each portion of asparagus!

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