CSA Cooking: Lettuce

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At this point in the season, our weekly CSA share is really heavy on the leafy greens: heads of lettuce, mixed salad greens, and more.

When I picked up this week’s veggies, I still had lettuce left in the fridge from last week. There’s only so much salad we can eat! So I did some recipe searching for alternate ways to use these greens and settled on two ideas: sauce and soup.

For the soup, I found several recipes that all seamed more like cream of potato with a lettuce afterthought than all about the lettuce. So I made up my own recipe (below).

For the sauce, I found a couple that were similar, then based mine on the one provided by Emeril Lagasse. Let’s start with that one.

Lettuce Sauce/Dressing

  • mixed greens (about 1/2 lb)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 4 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup garlic scapes, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper

Toss everything except the oil, salt, and pepper in the food processor. Give it a whirl. Drizzle in the oil while it’s whirling away. Season with salt and pepper. Chill. Use as a salad dressing or pour over fish. (Emeril suggests using his version as a sauce for salmon, hard boiled eggs, and tomato slices.)

Lettuce Soup

  • olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • garlic scapes
  • two heads of lettuce
  • veggie broth
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cream

Heat oil in a large pot. Add chopped onion, garlic scapes. Sauté until onions are clear. Add the lettuce, cook until wilted (a few minutes). Add 2 cups of broth, simmer for 20 minutes. In batches, transfer soup to the food processor in batches and blend (or use a mix stick and blend in the pot). Return to pot. Add salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cream. Simmer 5 minutes. Enjoy!

From everything I’ve read, this soup will get tastier over coming days. If it’s not hearty enough, I might try it with potatoes next time.

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2 Responses to “CSA Cooking: Lettuce”

  1. Tammy said

    Great ideas. When our CSA becomes prolific in lettuce, it’s the hardest for me to use.

  2. Great post! It seems like many people tend to get lettuce heavy loads…

    I host a weekly CSA link party and would love for you to be a part of it. Come and check it out and add this link. http://inherchucks.com/2012/06/14/whats-in-the-box-30/. Hope to see you there :)

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