Thyme-Apple Verjus Vinaigrette

One of our favorite dressings for fall; try tossing with sliced apples, roasted nuts and your favorite salad greens.

Ingredients
⅓ cup apple Verjus
⅓ cup olive oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Method:
1. To prepare the dressing, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl to blend. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper, and toss over salad greens.

Cozy & Comforting Recipes

As perhaps more of us are cuddled up at home here (we sincerely hope you and yours are well!), now feels like just the time for a bowl of warm, comforting bowl soup, yes? Get cozy with our signature handcrafted tomato soup this week, perfectly complemented by fixings for a seriously-melty sandwich made from nutty Fontina and bread kissed with rich Gruyère cheese. Also included: Organic daffodils, a whimsical Swedish dish towel and Sauk Farm’s apple Verjus, which is sure to complement the box’s beautiful bevy of salad greens, too.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Double the Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Melty Fontina layered in between slices of Gruyère cheese bread? We say, yes please!

Honey-Roasted Pear Salad with Thyme-Apple Verjus Vinaigrette
This salad is a stunner!

Purple Sprouting Broccoli Salad
This room temperature salad from The Barefoot Contessa has just the right amount of crunch.

Bok Choy with Garlic & Ginger
Fresh ginger and fragrant garlic lend big flavor to sautéed bok choy greens.

Creamed Green Cabbage
This delectable cabbage is coated in a creamy béchamel sauce for extra flavor.

Baked Caramelized Onions
Whip up a batch at the beginning of the week, then enjoy these beauties tossed with roasted vegetables, incorporated into sandwiches or mixed into scrambled eggs all week long!

Honey-Roasted Pear Salad with Thyme-Apple Verjus Vinaigrette

This salad is a stunner!

Ingredients:
1 bunch fresh thyme sprigs
4 ripe but firm Bosc pears (about 2 ½ pounds), halved, cored
¼ cup honey
6 cups mixed spring greens, such as this week’s Wrinkled Crinkled Cress, Claytonia and salad mix
6 ounces blue cheese, sliced or coarsely crumbled
½ cup hazelnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped

Dressing:
⅓ cup apple verjus
⅓ cup olive oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Method:
1. To prepare the dressing, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl to blend. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Preheat the oven to 400°. Scatter thyme sprigs on a rimmed baking sheet. Place the pear halves cut side down on a work surface. Starting ½ -inch from stem and leaving the pear half intact, cut each lengthwise into scant ⅓- to 1/2 -inch-wide slices. Press pear gently to fan slices; place atop thyme sprigs. Drizzle pears with honey; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until pears are tender, about 15 minutes. Let stand on a baking sheet at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.

3. Combine the greens in a large bowl. Add a drizzle dressing and toss to coat, adding more to taste. Divide the salad among plates and place a pear half on top of the greens. Garnish salads with cheese; sprinkle with nuts.

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