June Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

June 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm 5 comments

June Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

It’s about time for some health food around here.  The past several posts have all be scrumptious sugary goodness…and now my teeth are starting to hurt just a little bit and the thighs have really taken advantage of the “situation”.  Good thing I’m working up a serious sweat every day in my gardening gig.   My garden is growing gold these days.  I’m harvesting beets, carrots, lettuce, all sorts of herbs, broccoli, swiss chard, and young mustard greens.  But my two favorites have to be the kohlrabi and sugar snap peas

Peas and kohlrabi

I had a friend recently tell me he’d never even seen a kohlrabi before, let alone eaten it.  Of course I made him try it offered him one to eat as soon as they came into season (about a month ago).  But before he would take a bite, he wanted to know what it tasted like.  I always have such a tough time with that question.  Kohlrabi tastes like…um, well, sorta like broccoli.  Yep.  And sorta like a mild radish.  Okay.  And maybe even a little like an apple.  What??   Well, that’s just my take on it anyway.   It’s definitely very crunchy and when it’s peeled, it looks like the white crisp flesh of an apple.  There is a mild sweetness to mine, but I’ve had other people tell me that’s not always the case with kohlrabi.  Another friend who overheard me trying to describe this to my kohlrabi-virgin friend declared it was just like eating a giant broccoli stem.  Hmmm, perhaps, though I like to give this alien-looking vegetable more credit than that.

Buttermilk dressing

I do believe my friend liked the kohlrabi, by the way.   And I know for sure he and everyone else who’s visited my garden as of late loved these sugar snap peas.  I can only tell you that if you’ve never had a sugar snap pea plucked straight off the vine and popped directly into your mouth, pod and all, then you’ve been denied one of life’s most delicious experiences.   Don’t even kid yourself if you are thinking right now, “Well, maybe I haven’t been there to pick them myself, but I’ve surely had the same great taste from the fresh peas I buy at the farmers market”.    Peas are the one vegetable everyone should try to grow themselves as they are never quite as good as they are those few precious minutes after they’ve been picked.   Really, mine rarely make it into the kitchen as I inevitably eat them standing before the vine, dirt in the crack of my hands to boot, about mid-way through my evening of gardening when my tummy reminds me I never made it into the house to have some dinner.   Obviously I made an exception to make this salad.  Talk about practicing self-control!

Take a bite

So, you see, when I think of the month of June, which is shockingly about to pass us by, and what I love most to eat in this month that bridges spring and summer harvests, a salad of peas, kohlrabi, radishes and even a few strawberries tossed with a homemade buttermilk dressing is just about the epitome of fresh crisp eating straight from the garden/farm.  What always surprises me the most is how delicious something so healthy can be.   If sugar snap peas were in season all year long here, I might finally give up my addiction to chocolate!   They’re just that good.

Peas and Salad 

June Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
A Straight from the Farm Original

1/2 C. buttermilk, shaken up
2 T. mayonnaise
2 T. cider vinegar
2 T. minced shallot
1 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
3 t. finely chopped herbs (oregano, chives, thyme)
1 lb. fresh sugar snap peas
1 large kohlrabi, peeled
4 large radishes
5 or 6 large strawberries

Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, shallot, sugar, salt, and  pepper in a large bowl until sugar has dissolved, then whisk in herbs.  Refridgerate for 30 minutes to overnight.

Wash all vegetables and berries, dry, and cut into small pieces.  Toss together chopped vegetables in a bowl.  Shake dressing up and pour over the salad, tossing to coat.  Sprinkle with toppings as desired (croutons, bacon, cheese) and serve immediately.

(serves 4 as a side, 2 as a main)

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mangochild  |  July 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I got a kohlrabi in my CSA share this past week and it is sitting in my fridge since I had no idea how to use it or what to do with it. So do you always use the kohlrabi raw, or is there a way to cook it too?

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    • 2. Jennie  |  July 2, 2009 at 2:54 pm

      Mangochild – Becky’s right. Raw is the best use of kohlrabi’s flavors, but it also is an excellent substitute for potatoes in cooked dishes. Just the other night, I peeled and diced a kholrabi and made the equivalent of “hash browns” or “home fries” that I then served with some warm roasted beets over wild rice. Yum!

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  • 3. Becky and the Beanstock  |  July 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Garden is growing gold… I like that. It’s true too, isn’t it? Such lovely pics — and I’m a huge fan of kohlrabi. I also love buttermilk dressing — but only when it’s homemade.

    Mangochild — you can cook it too. It can be used much like a potato (can be stuffed or baked) but I think you get the most out of it when you eat it raw.

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    • 4. Jennie  |  July 2, 2009 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks, Becky, for the reply to Mangochild. I love it when readers help each other out. :) Glad you like the “garden is growing gold” and the pics. Hope you’ll be giving the salad a try. :)

      Reply
  • 5. Louise  |  July 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Here, here! To this day, I remember when Sugar Snap Peas were commercially available way back in the, ahem…70s. I went from popping tomatoes freshly picked to popping sugar snaps; pod and all. Heavenly!

    I must admit though, I’ve never grown the indescribable, kohlrabi. I never know how to depict the taste of the leaves either. Oddly enough, I’ve never eaten any part except for the leaves. (cooked like spinach with garlic & oil & in soup with beans:) Why is that, I’m not quite sure? I can tell you right now, that will be changing with this post. Your salad sounds simply delightful! Thank you…

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