Garden-Grown Delights Recipes

From the hoophouse to the herb beds, and the orchards to the vegetable plots, the Bella Luna gardens are bursting to life with fresh produce! Thus, this week, you’ll enjoy such summer ingredients as sunflower and fava shoots, red bunching onions, peppery chives, turnips, and a wealth of crisp salad greens, all served up alongside accompaniments like freshly-baked Pain au Levain bread, locally-foraged Morel mushrooms, farmstead eggs and umami-rich dulse seaweed. It’s a colorful taste of the season; enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Grilled Turnips with Mint & Lime
The combination of mint and lime adds summery appeal to these tender-crisp grilled turnips.

Garlic Butter-Roasted Mushrooms
Roasted with capers and garlic, this simple dish is a real show-stopper.

Fava Shoot Salad with Walnuts
This bright and fresh salad shines a spotlight on light, tender, succulent fava shoots.

Fresh Chive Vinaigrette
We like to toss this vibrant, green vinaigrette with mixed lettuces and lots of the tender herbs—think celery leaves, mint, chervil, or parsley.

Charred Red Bunching Onion Gremolata
This smoky sauce is wonderful slathered on grilled bread.

Fresh Chive Vinaigrette

We like to toss this vibrant, green vinaigrette with mixed lettuces and lots of the tender herbs—think celery leaves, mint, chervil, or parsley.

Ingredients:
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Freshly ground black pepper

Method:
1. Combine garlic and a pinch of salt in a large salad bowl. Mash to a paste with a fork. Mix in vinegar, then oil and chives; season with salt and pepper. Toss with greens right away and enjoy!

Fava Shoot Salad with Walnuts

This bright and fresh salad shines a spotlight on light, tender, succulent fava shoots.

Ingredients:
4 cups packed fava shoots
2 Cara Cara oranges zested, segmented, and juices reserved (use zest for dressing)
2 grapefruits segmented and juices reserved
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup toasted and chopped walnuts

Method:
1. To make the dressing, combine the reserved orange juices and grapefruit juices with the shallot, salt, pepper, and orange zest in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil until well blended.

2. Place the fava leaves in a large serving bowl and lightly toss with the dressing. (You might not use all of it.)

3. Divide the fava shoots among four plates and arrange the orange and grapefruit segments around the leaves. Sprinkle the feta and walnuts on top, then garnish with a few fava flowers and a pinch of orange zest on each plate.

Summer Solstice Recipes

We’ve reached the longest, lightest day of the year, and fittingly, the gardens are bursting to life as they soak up every last ray. This week, capture a taste of summer with all the ingredients for Salade Niçoise, a true hallmark of the season in France, layered with produce like green beans, vine-ripened tomatoes and baby red potatoes, and accents like hard-boiled eggs and protein-rich tuna. Enjoy this cool, crisp salad alongside locally-foraged Morel mushrooms, sunflower shoots, and crisp Romaine lettuce, as well as a freshly-baked French baguette, garden-grown herbs, bright citrus fruit and both rich and silky crème fraîche and butter made in our in-house creamery.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

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

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

Morel Mushroom Frittata
This lovely frittata can be easily served for brunch, lunch, or dinner; you choose!

Buttered Radishes with Poached Eggs
Tender radishes and shallots are topped with a silky poached egg for the perfect finish.

Sunflower Shoot Salad with Fennel, Radishes & Hazelnuts
This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery greens and radishes and sunflower shoots.

Lemon-Lime Curd
Serve this classic curd from Gourmet magazine alongside slices of pound cake for an easy and elegant dessert!

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