In the final week of the June Challenge, we still have some takers! This is Kelly of Vegan Haighters’ beet greens salad, about which she says
[N[ever having consumed fresh beets meant no beet greens. What a deprived childhood I had.
At my local farmers’ market in Upper Haight, fresh beets caught my eye. I searched through the pile for ones with the prettiest, leafiest greens. I’m sure the cashier was confused as to why I was focusing on the greens rather than the beets themselves, but then again there’s weirder things Haight Street has seen.
Result: She loved them. Go get her recipe for this beet-tastic salad, and let’s celebrate another new food conquered! Congratulations, Kelly!
Who’s taken the June Challenge yet? I did! I got fava beans in the produce box last week, and I shelled them, blanched them, removed the second shells, and cooked them up with a ton of olive oil, garlic, herbs, red pepper flakes, salt, beet greens, and cherry tomatoes, deglazed with a little white wine, and served the whole mess over polenta.
It was delicious, oily and salty and garlicky and rich. Fava beans are lightly earthy, and are totally satisfying to chew, so big they’re like a cross between a regular bean and a vegetable.
Now it’s your turn! Try a new food in June! And share!