Sprouting Broccoli with Lemon Vinaigrette

This light and fresh side is accented by tart lemon juice and fresh-cracked pepper.

Ingredients:
1 pound sprouting broccoli
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Pinch of fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Wash and trim the broccoli and steam for 5 minutes, until it is crisp yet tender. Drain.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the broccoli and toss to coat.

Variations: This crisp side is also wonderful topped with chopped hazelnuts, or a pinch of crushed red pepper in lieu of black pepper.

Here’s to Summer Recipes

Cherries! Mint! Little Gem Lettuce! Yes, summer—and some of its most treasured crops—truly has arrived here in the Northwest. Accented by other seasonal favorites such as Piracicaba sprouting broccoli, purple scallions and mini green cabbage, this fresh lineup will fill you up all week long, also including multigrain bread, organic emmer farro from Winthrop’s Bluebird Grain Farm and edible flowers to add color and spice to your summer salads. Enjoy!

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Herb-Shallot Dressing
This flavor-packed vinaigrette is fantastic with both grains and greens.

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

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Piracicaba Sprouting Broccoli Salad

This room temperature salad from The Barefoot Contessa has just the right amount of crunch!

Ingredients:
1 large bunch Piracicaba sprouting broccoli
¼ cup high-quality olive oil
1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lemon
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Remove and discard the bottom third of the broccoli stems. If some stems are very thick, cut them in half lengthwise.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, garlic, 1½ teaspoons salt, and the pepper. When the water comes to a full boil, add the broccoli, return to a boil, and cook over high heat for 2 minutes, until the stalks are just tender. Drain well and place in a large bowl. Pour enough dressing over the broccoli to moisten and toss well. Splash with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice, sprinkle with salt, and serve warm or hot.

Spring Color Recipes

Starring a beautiful roasted cauliflower-leek soup, plus handmade pappardelle pasta and our own spring nettle pesto, this week’s delivery fittingly celebrates the season’s most colorful offerings, from purple-topped turnips and sprouting broccoli to fragrant mint and vitamin-rich salad greens, plus fresh-cut yellow daffodils and even edible turnip flowers. Complemented by creamy, locally-crafted chevre cheese, ruby-red rhubarb-strawberry compote, Pain au Levain bread and our signature lemon olive oil cake mix, this color-rich lineup sings of spring—so dig in!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette
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Pan-Braised Radishes & Greens
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli Salad
This room temperature salad from The Barefoot Contessa has just the right amount of crunch!

Black Radish Cream
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Frizzled Leeks
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Lemon Olive Oil Cake
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