Fresh Radicchio, Fennel & Apple Salad

Tart, crunchy and crisp, this cool salad celebrates the classic combination of fennel and radicchio.

Ingredients:
1 head radicchio
2 fennel bulbs
1 large apple, such as Pippin
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 shallot, minced
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup toasted pecans, chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. First prep the radicchio by coring and slicing into thin pieces; also core, peel and thinly-slice the fennel. Cut the apple into slices. Combine the radicchio, fennel and apple in a large bowl.

2. In another bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, shallot, salt and pepper.

3. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, then pour half of the dressing over the radicchio-fennel mixture and stir to combine.

4. Taste, and gradually add more dressing to your liking. Garnish with reserved fennel fronds and pecans.

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Pasta Night Recipes

In the tradition of our own Nonna Pat’s long-standing Sunday suppers, this week’s lineup includes fixings for a meal to share with your nearest and dearest, starting with a satisfying orecchiette pasta tossed with organic Italian sausage, tender roasted squash and crisp-edged fall greens, plus Gruyère cheese bread and a crisp French Rosé to serve alongside. Also inside this box: Farm-fresh eggs, beautiful orchard apples and side dish-ready produce like carrots, beets, heirloom tomatoes and a bevy of greens. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Italian Sausage Pasta with Roasted Squash & Fall Greens
Cozy, comforting and full of flavorful squash and greens, this pasta hits all the right notes.

Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots
This slam-dunk recipe from Domenica Marchetti’s The Glorious Vegetables of Italy makes the best of crisp carrots.

Beet, Carrot & Pomegranate Salad
This colorful salad is sure to brighten up your table!

Slow-Roasted Celery
This unexpected side is sure to be a new favorite.

Candied Squash Seeds
Great for snacking, scattering over salads or serving atop soup!

Beet, Carrot & Pomegranate Salad

This colorful salad is perfect for winter and beyond.

Ingredients:
5-6 beets, cooked and peeled
2-3 carrots, peeled
½ cup pomegranate seeds
1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup pistachios, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Slice the beets and carrots thinly using a mandoline or hand held slicer. Layer on a plate or platter, alternating the beets and carrots. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and set aside.

2. Mix the red wine vinegar and honey in a medium bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking continuously. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Drizzle the dressing on the vegetables to coat. Add pistachios and parsley. Season with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed and serve immediately or at room temperature.

Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Punched up by sherry vinegar and Dijon mustard, this vinaigrette adds a bright finish to salad greens.

Ingredients:
3 heads garlic
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¾ cup olive oil
2-3 anchovies (if desired)
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Slice the tops off the garlic so the cloves are exposed. Place the heads in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Cover the pan with foil and roast until the garlic is golden brown and fragrant, 20-25 minutes. Remove garlic from the oven.

2. Cool briefly before squeezing the cloves out of their skins into the bowl of a blender. Combine with the vinegar and mustard (and anchovies, if using), blending until smooth. With the machine running, slowly drizzle the olive oil and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

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