Yogurt Dill Sauce for Cucumbers and Falafel

Make your own falafel or purchase ready-made. Break into large pieces and sprinkle atop this sauce. It is a perfect meal for a hot summer evening.

Ingredients:
6 oz plain yogurt
1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp fresh dill weed- minced
1 cucumber-peeled and chopped
salt & pepper to taste

lettuce-torn into large pieces (opt.)
falafel-prepare according to directions.

Combine everything but the falafel and lettuce in a mixing bowl. Use lettuce to wrap falafel and sauce into and enjoy!

Red And Green Salad

 

Ingredients:
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, quartered
1 cup Reed’s Powerhouse Dressing (recipe below)
1 Ib green beans, trimmed
2 cups water
1 Ib beets, trimmed to 1 inch of greens, roots left attached, well rinsed
Romaine lettuce leaves for lining platter
Radicchio or red cabbage leaves for lining platter
1 large red onion, sliced and separated into rings
8-10 cherry tomatoes for garnish
1 cup ripe black olives for garnish
1/4 cup Horseradish Cream (recipe below)

Directions:
1) In a medium bowl, toss mushrooms with enough dressing to coat. Cover and refrigerate several
hours or overnight.
2) In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cook beans in boiling salted water to cover until tender-crisp, 6-7 minutes.
3) Cool under running water, drain, and put in a small bowl. toss with just enough dressing to coat the beans. Cover and marinate several hours or overnight in refrigerator.
4) In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the 2 cups of water to boil. Add beets, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until beets are tender, 30-40 minutes.
5) Cool beets under cold running water and drain. Slip off skins and trim tops and roots.
6) Slice beets crosswise and, in a small bowl, toss with enough dressing to coat. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
7) To assemble salad:

– Place romaine leaves at one end of a large platter and radicchio leaves at opposite end.
– Arrange beans on radicchio leaves and beets on romaine leaves.
– Mound mushrooms in center, top with onion rings, and garnish with tomatoes and olives.
– Spread Horseradish Cream on beets, but do not cover entirely.
– Serve at once.
Serves 6-8

REEDS POWERHOUSE DRESSING
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 green onion, including some tender green tops, coarsely chopped
2 parsley sprigs, coarsely chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried thyme (1/2 tsp fresh, chopped)
1/4 tsp dried oregano (1/2 tsp fresh, chopped)
1/4 tsp dried basil (1/2 tsp fresh, chopped)
1/4 tsp celery salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Dijon mustard
– Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender, blend well. Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid, refrigerate till ready to use. Shake well before using.
Makes about 1 cup

HORSERADISH CREAM
2/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 Tbsp. freshly grated horseradish or prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp dry mustard
– In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients till well mixed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Makes about 3/4 cup

 

 

 

Cool Mint and Cucumber Salad

Ingredient:
5 cups coarsely chopped cucumbers
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups yogurt
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T fresh lemon juice
1 T minced fresh dill
2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T minced fresh mint
10 large butter lettuce leaves, rinsed and chilled
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste

Procedure:
1. In a colander, sprinkle the cucumbers with the 1/2 teaspoon salt, toss to coat and set aside to
drain for 15 minutes.
2. Place the cucumbers in a large bowl and add the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and dill. Toss gently, cover, and chill at least 3 hours.
3. Add the olive oil and half of the mint leaves.
4. Serve on a bed of lettuce sprinkled with the remaining mint, salt, and pepper.
Serves 4 to 6.

Beet Sandwich

A Rising River Farm original known to convert lifelong beet haters! It sounds crazy, but you must try it. Popcorn dresses with tamari and nutritional yeast make a perfect accompaniment.

-6 medium beets, sliced thin (beet amount depends on how many are eating. Do one medium beet per person)
-1 small onion, sliced paper thin (reds or Walla Walla’s are best)
-dill pickles, sliced thin lengthwise
-good bread, ideally from one of our many fine local bakeries (sourdough is particularly good)
-mayonnaise, or some such substitute
-lettuce or spinach

1. Slice beets into 1/4 inch rings and steam until tender.
2. Thinly slice onions and pickles.
3. Toast your favorite bread
4. To assemble the sandwich spread some mayo on the toast, lay down a layer of beets, then a layer of onions, then pickles, then top with a leaf or two of lettuce or spinach to hold it all in place.

Now enjoy as beet juices dribble down your hands!