(2017) Buttermilk Green Onion Dressing

Sort of a takeoff of ranch dressing but with fewer herbs. You can add anything you like, of course, but finely chopped green onions (or the tender part of the greens from that big garlic head) are perfect. It might seem like overkill to have buttermilk, sour cream AND mayonnaise in a dressing, but it works. Sorry I don’t remember where the original recipe came from. Works for your lettuce or if you want a more traditional mayo-based slaw. Just increase the recipe as needed for your greens.

Wilted Greens Salad with Butternut Squash and Apple

This recipe appeared in the February 2012 issue of Bon Appétit. It’s very like the wilted kale salads that have become ubiquitous on high-end salad bars.

This recipe is from Michael Paley of the Garage Bar in Louisville, Kentucky. As the magazine put it, “This dish flips conventional Southern cookery on its head. Rather than cooking greens into submission, they’re quickly brined to soften their texture and mellow their bitterness, then married with the sweet, salty, and creamy elements of a composed salad.”

I can’t wait to try this. And yes, I still have a butternut squash from last year’s box that’s been waiting for just this recipe.

Beet Green Strata

This recipe is adapted from one in “Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen” by Heidi Swanson. The recipe was written for spinach, but your beet greens will work perfectly here. The only caveat, any time you cook with beet greens, you’ll end up with a pink-tinted dish. Just warn your guests and all will be well. Serves 6.

Stratas are one of the most forgiving and accepting of dishes. Combine anything tasty, let it sit overnight and bake the next day. Hot breakfast/dinner as easy as can be.

Stale bread is great, but fresh bread works fine. You may not want to soak it quite as long. As a matter of fact, if you want to skip the “sitting” step, you can assemble a strata and bake it right away, as long as you use fresh bread.

Not a fan of feta? Substitute whatever cheese you like.

Greens with Peppers and Ham

Our final pepper recipe also features greens. Now you have an amazing assortment of greens in this week’s box. My box had a few collard leaves, a bunch of mustard greens, all the tops from those hareuki turnips and the greens from the kohlrabi. I have to say that the kohlrabi bulbs are so small (believe me, they’ll get bigger as the season goes on) that I just cleaned them and sliced them up to eat raw with the hareuki turnips. Then the greens went into the sink with all the others. I’ll be making the gumbo z’herbes we featured last year. I can’t find the recipe in the archive, so I’ll make a note to include it next week.

Anyway, here’s a recipe from chef Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol, also demonstrated last year at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. It uses greens and peppers. Hernandez’ version was all collards, but this mixture of greens in the box would work just fine. You cook the greens separately, then add them as an ingredient. Just steam the greens unless you have some leftover from another meal. Love that this will use up some of your jalapenos and tomatoes as well.