Monday, June 10, 2013

CSA Share Ninja Rescue 2013: radishes & lettuce (8 ways)

Welcome to the first installment of the 2013 edition of CSA Share Ninja Rescue, a weekly feature in which you tell me on Fridays what veg you got in your CSA share box (or found at the farmers' market) that you don't know what to do with and I'll give you a whole slew of recipe ideas on the following Monday.

Which is today.

Last week, readers told me that they're having a little consternation with radishes and lettuce -- mainly, how to use each in something other than a boring old salad. 

Check out these eight non-salad salad veg recipes:

  • Roasted radishes: This would be a great alternative to traditional root veggies alongside a nice roast chicken
  • Baked radish chips: A good-for-you snack that's easy to make
  • Mango-radish salsa: Tangy-sweet, awesome as an accompaniment to chicken or pork (or even fish!)
  • Easy pickled radishes: Easy to make in the refrigerator, they make a spectacular bruschetta when placed atop mashed avocado on toast rounds

Brush a pre-made pizza shell with some olive oil. Layer on cooked chicken and bacon and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake at 425 for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is toasty. While the pizza cooks, toss some sliced lettuce in a bowl with some mayonnaise that has been diluted with a little water. Layer the pizza shell with slices of tomato and avocado and top it off with the lettuce.

Now, with what veg can I give you a little help next Monday? Leave a comment -- The Ninj wants to know.


  1. Yes to radishes! I like to pickle mine for tacos, or to chop them finely and add them to egg salad. Roasting is definitely on the table for future radish overload!

  2. I haven't tried grilled romaine! Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. Oh, Michelle, you will LOVE it -- slightly warm and smoky, very yummy!

  3. The Mango-Radish Salsa sounds so awesome! I really want to make some of that :)

  4. Planning to give out zucchini, scallions, and LOTS of strawberries to our CSA in Essex (Paul Mazza's). Probably rhubarb too....
    Ideas for us? I'll send my CSA members your way :)

    1. Great. I'll include some of those in my next rescue post -- come back on Tuesday (June25th)!!!!!