Our First CSA Box, and Minted Green Radish and Spelt Salad

Yesterday we picked up our very first CSA box of the spring!  I am totally stoked!  I love Penn’s Corner CSA deliveries!  Here’s my haul:

Penn's Corner CSA Delivery

The greens all go into my daily lunch salads.  This week, we got French Sorrel, which I’ve never had before.  It’s lemony and delicious.  It would be amazing on a grilled pizza or as a bed for poached white fish.  It’s hard to see, but in the back are apple cider and honey puffed spelt (they look like honey smacks cereal).  We also got a dozen farm fresh eggs, a red onion, and fresh rosemary.  In the front, those are green radishes.  They are obviously much larger than the traditional red radishes we know from our grocery adventures.  They taste a lot like regular radishes, only they are juicier and a little more mild.  They are the inspiration for my salad below!  I love that we support local agriculture and get to try all these great foods!

This salad is so refreshing, and just perfect for the spring weather we’ve been having.  I could actually imagine having this salad at an Independence Day picnic when it’s so hot a humid.  It would be perfect then, too!  There’s a wonderful blend of textures in it, and the combination of a little spicy and a little sweet is delightful.  I used spelt, which I actually received in one of my CSA boxes last spring, but feel free to use any grain you like.  Brown rice would work great here.  (My picture didn’t come out quite as colorful as the salad actually is.  I hope to have that remedied soon!)


Minted Green Radish Spelt Salad

Serves:  6


1 cup cooked spelt grain

3 small green radishes, grated

2 carrots, grated

1/8 large red onion, diced

½ cup golden raisins

¼ cup fresh mint, chopped

¼ cup olive oil

3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 ½ tsp ground coriander

Salt to taste


1.  In a large bowl, mix spelt, radishes, carrots, red onion, raisins, and mint.

2.  In a separate bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, coriander, and salt until combined.

3.  Pour dressing into salad, and combine.

4.  Refrigerate for a few hours to overnight to allow flavors to blend.

5.  Stir before serving.

Once everything is prepped, this salad is a breeze to throw together.  And because it can be made the day before, it’s perfect for taking to a potluck or for when company comes!

Happy, healthy eating!



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4 responses to “Our First CSA Box, and Minted Green Radish and Spelt Salad

  1. Your salad looks terrific! I have also never had French Sorrel and would love to try it.

  2. Kris

    I never heard of French sorrel either. I plan to look for it. Our salads now include kale which I never knew was so chocked full of good stuff! And we usually only see it to dress up platters at weddings and other events. What a waste of a great veggie.

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