Heirloom Tomato Salad with Roasted Sweet Onions

Roasted sweet onion adds a wonderful depth of flavor to this refreshing salad.

Ingredients:
2 sweet onions, peeled and sliced into ½-inch-thick rings
2 heirloom or other summer tomatoes, chopped
2 small ears of corn, shucked, blanched and kernels removed
1 scallion, diced
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
10 basil leaves, thinly sliced
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange the sliced onion rings on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and sprinkle generously with sea salt, tossing to coat onions on both sides. Roast for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through until onions are brown and soft. Remove from onion, allow to cool, then roughly chop.

2. In a large bowl, add the chopped tomatoes, corn kernels and scallion. Add roasted onions and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together honey with sherry vinegar, then add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper then whisk well to combine. Drizzle dressing over the salad to taste and top with basil.

A Taste of Tex-Mex Recipes

This week’s sunny forecast is well complemented by an equally bright lineup of Tex-Mex and summer favorites: Enjoy spicy chorizo sausage, Peruvian Mayocoba beans, spicy jalapeño peppers from Skagit County and locally-crafted, hand-pressed tortillas for taco night, as well as crunchy snap peas, cilantro, green cabbage, mixed summer squash, baby fennel, and more finds from the garden to incorporate into summery sides. Also found in your box: Farm-fresh eggs, garlic scapes and a sweet market bouquet of blooms. Here’s to good weather—and great eating!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

How-To: Cook Mayocoba Beans
You can enjoy these beans straight out of the pot, or save and prepare them refried-style later!

Cabbage Slaw with Fennel & Cilantro
This light, fresh dish is fantastic on tacos, pulled pork sandwiches or simply served as a summery side.

Chorizo Frittata
This savory-spicy frittata is delicious served for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!

Beet & Snap Pea Salad
This colorful salad is perfectly complemented by a lemon-honey vinaigrette.

Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette
This lovely vinaigrette is bright with lemon juice, sweet honey and fresh parsley.

Pan-Braised Radishes & Greens
Pan-roasting radish mellows its spice, lending tender texture to this side dish.

Summery September Recipes

Though the calendar may say September, the recent sunny weather has the gardens thinking it’s still high summer as they continue to produce favorites for this week’s box like heirloom tomatoes, Jimmy Nardello peppers, English cucumbers and ripe melons, as well as give us an autumn preview with the first of the local Chanterelle mushrooms. Also included: Smoky bacon and our buttery housemade dough to craft a stunning crostata—so pop that in the oven, uncork a bottle of California red wine and toast to the best of both summer and fall.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Smoky Bacon, Sweet Onion & Chanterelle Mushroom Crostata
The show-stopping crostata makes for a delicious entrée; just serve with a side salad of summer greens.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Corn & Roasted Sweet Onions
Roasted sweet onion adds a wonderful depth of flavor to this refreshing salad.

Summer Melon & Cucumber Salad with Basil
Juicy and incredibly crisp, this salad always receives rave reviews.

Sautéed Summer Squash
So simple, so flavorful: These summer beauties are excellent served over grilled crostini, tossed into pastas, or scattered over pizza.

Pan-Fried Peppers with Lemon & Garlic
Seasoned with slivered garlic, this Bon Appetit recipe is a favorite for enjoying fresh peppers.

Late Summer Bounty Recipes

From juicy heirloom tomatoes and eggplant to fragrant peaches and mixed summer squash, the late-season bounty continues this week with a fresh and flavorful lineup also starring two varieties of eggs—those from our flock of heritage-breed hens, plus petite local quail eggs. Add alongside sun dried tomato-kissed Pomodoro bread, plus fresh feta cheese and other crisp produce including celery, fennel and Basque peppers, and you’ve got all the makings of an al fresco feast this holiday weekend. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Pisto
Serve this Spanish pepper stew, called a pisto, with poached or fried eggs!

Basque-Style Chicken with Peppers & Potatoes
A flavorful one-pot meal, accented by meaty potatoes and summery peppers.

Summer Peach & Heirloom Tomato Salad
Incredibly fresh and light, this colorful salad is accented by a robust heirloom tomato vinaigrette.

Grilled Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette
In addition to this week’s salad, this bright dressing is wonderful tossed with a cold pasta salad.

Celery & Fennel Salad with Herbs
This side salad from Martha Stewart is incredibly crisp and refreshing.

Sautéed Summer Squash
So simple, so flavorful: These summer beauties are excellent served over grilled crostini, tossed into pastas, or scattered over pizza.

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