Grilled Corn & Poblano Salad

Smoky, a little spicy and very summery, this salad with a snap to prepare.

Ingredients:
4 ears of corn, in husks
2 Poblano chiles
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
¾ teaspoon hot sauce (such as Frank’s)
Sea salt
Vegetable oil (for grill)

Method:
1. Prepare a grill for medium heat; oil grate. Whisk lime juice and hot sauce in a medium bowl; season with salt. Set dressing aside.

2. Grill corn (still in husks) and chiles, turning occasionally, until corn is charred all over (husks will be nicely blackened and some of the kernels will become deeply browned in spots) and chiles are blackened in spots and crisp-tender, 10–12 minutes for corn and 8–10 minutes for chiles. Transfer to a platter and let cool slightly before shucking corn.

3. Slather corn with butter, then cut kernels from cobs into bowl with reserved dressing. Remove seeds from chiles and chop. Add to corn along with scallions. Toss to combine; season corn salad with salt.

Cucumber Melon Salad with Feta

A true homage to summer, this salad from The Splendid Table is cool, crisp and juicy.

Ingredients:
2 medium cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1½ cups ripe summer melon, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
¼ cup mint leaves, torn
1 heaping tablespoon finely-chopped scallion tops
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon high-quality olive oil
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Sprinkle the cucumber with salt, roll up the pieces in a double thickness of paper towel and let rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Unwrap and pat dry.

2. Rub a serving bowl with the garlic. Add the cucumber, melon, mint, scallions, vinegar and 1 tablespoon of oil. Gently combine. Season to taste with more oil or vinegar, salt and pepper.

3. Top with the crumbled cheese and eat immediately.

Taco Time Recipes

Spice things up with this week’s taco-themed box, which comes complete with Skagit River Ranch’s signature chorizo sausage and hand-pressed, wholegrain tortillas. Top your tacos with garden-grown scallions, radishes and chopped papalo herbs, plus a spoonful of locally-made chunky salsa—or one of your own making with this week’s tomatillos—and you’ve got all the makings of a Southwestern-style feast. Also included: Sliced multigrain bread, farm-fresh eggs, crisp salad greens, a trio of smoky-spicy peppers and a medley of tomatoes, plus limes and beautiful white donut peaches. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Avocado-Radish Slaw
This creamy-yet-crunchy slaw would be fantastic layered into your taco this week.

Chorizo Scramble
Or, try breakfast tacos this week: Just whip up this spicy scramble and serve it in tortillas with cheese and salsa on top!

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Great served with chips, or mixed into rice, this awesome salsa also makes excellent sauce for enchiladas!

Scallion Relish
This peppy relish from Martha Stewart adds flavor to the likes of scrambled eggs or even this week’s tacos.

Sautéed Summer Squash
So simple, so flavorful: These summer beauties are excellent served over grilled crostini or tossed in with cooked quinoa.

Mojito Cocktail
The ultimate summer refresher, crafted with fresh Mojito mint and lime.

Scallion Relish

This peppy relish from Martha Stewart adds flavor to the likes of scrambled eggs or even this week’s tacos.

Ingredients:
1 Walla Walla sweet onion, finely diced
4-6 scallions, trimmed of root and tough green ends and finely diced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1½ teaspoons sugar
Sea salt and pepper
1-2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as parsley, mint, or cilantro

Method:
1. Place onion and scallions in a bowl of ice water; soak 20 minutes.

2. Drain the onion and scallions, squeezing in paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible; transfer to a bowl. Add sugar, vinegar, herbs, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to taste. Relish can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to use.

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