Summer Splendor Recipes

Green beans to heirloom tomatoes, zucchini to baby artichokes, the summer hits just keep coming! This box celebrates summer with a plethora of locally-grown produce—yellow Romano beans, cucumbers, and Walla Walla bunched onions, as well as crisp Cegolaine lettuces and fragrant garden herbs—all accented by imported Italian pasta, sunflower seed-kissed multigrain bread, peppery edible flowers, farm-fresh eggs and a market bouquet to grace your table. So, slice up an apricot, thumb through the recipes and enjoy these summer gems to the fullest.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Braised Baby Artichokes
Simmered with white wine and chicken stock, these tender artichokes are melt-in-your-mouth tender. (Try spooning them over pasta with some freshly-grated Grana cheese!)

Carrots Marinated with Garlic & Oregano
This room-temperature dish packs in the flavor and makes for a lovely side dish on a warm day.

Green Bean Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Tossed with a Dijon mustard and sherry vinaigrette, these beans boast bright, zesty flavor.

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Zucchini
Brushed with a herb-kissed butter mixture, these zucchini slices pair well with grilled chicken, fish or steak.

Fennel & Lemon Relish
This crisp slaw from Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food II is excellent tossed with grilled veggies.

Grilled Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette
In addition to salad greens, this bright and robust dressing is wonderful tossed with pasta, or drizzled over steamed or grilled artichokes.

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Zucchini

Brushed with a herb-kissed butter mixture, these zucchini slices pair well with grilled chicken, fish or steak.

Ingredients:
2 medium zucchini, cut diagonally into ½-inch thick slices
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly-chopped parsley
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, garlic, parsley and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Brush zucchini slices with butter mixture.

2. Heat a grill to medium-high. Add zucchini in a single layer and grill until lightly charred on both sides and just beginning to soften, about 2 minutes per side. Serve immediately, garnished with additional parsley and salt and pepper, if desired.

Summer Grilling Recipes

This week’s array of local summer treasures invites you to bust out the barbecue and get to grilling! Highlighted by bright, colorful produce such as yellow zucchini, cucumbers, peaches, French melon, Walla Walla sweet onions and a plethora of sun-ripened tomatoes, plus pillowy focaccia bread, fragrant herbs and edible flowers, this box is fit for lingering on the patio. Plus, there’s even a mini bouquet of fresh seasonal flowers to help set your table, too. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Grilled Summer Vegetable Focaccia Sandwich
This satisfying sammie is extremely adaptable: Tuck in some grilled chicken, add a little spicy salami or throw in even more veggies.

Lemon-Herb Mayonnaise
In addition to a sandwich spread, this zingy mayo is also fantastic on grilled corn (trust us!).

Grilled Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette
In addition to salad greens, this bright and robust dressing is wonderful tossed with pasta salad, or drizzled over steamed or grilled artichokes.

Heirloom Tomato & Grilled Focaccia Bread Salad
The beauty of this summery salad is in its simplicity: Be sure to use good-quality olive oil and season generously!

Marinated Cucumber Salad
Super simple and healthy, this salad is perfect for casual summer feasting.

Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone, Pistachios & Balsamic Glaze
Peaches off the grill are a true summer delight—we particularly love this salty, sticky-sweet topping.

Grilled Summer Vegetable Focaccia Sandwich

This satisfying sammie is extremely adaptable: Tuck in some grilled chicken, add a little spicy salami or throw in even more veggies.

Ingredients:
2 heirloom tomatoes, thickly-sliced into rings
2 zucchini, sliced into long, thick wedges
1 Walla Walla sweet onions, peeled and thickly-sliced into rings
2 fennel bulbs, trimmed of green ends and thickly-sliced into rings
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Focaccia bread loaf
Lemon-Herb Mayonnaise (see recipe)

Method:
1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Spread the vegetables out on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.

2. Arrange the vegetables on the grill grate and cook 3-4 minutes per side, until all the veggies are softened and slightly charred. Remove and set aside.

3. Cut a loaf of focaccia in half lengthwise, and spread both sides with the Lemon-Herb Mayonnaise. Layer on the tomatoes, zucchini slices, fennel and onions rings on one side, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, then top with the other bread half. Cut into wedges and serve.

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