Apple, Frisée & Radicchio Salad 
with Lemon Kefir Dressing

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Apple, Frisée & Radicchio Salad 
with Lemon Kefir Dressing


(Find out more about kefir which you can find in the yogurt section of your grocery store. My fave brand right now is Wallaby, which you can find at Whole Foods.)

Yields: 4 servings

1 large shallot, peeled and diced small (3 tablespoons)
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons roasted walnut oil
2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
5 tablespoons whole milk kefir
10-ounces of frisee (2 small heads), bottom ½-inch (core) cut off and leaves cut into 1-inch pieces
4-ounces radicchio (half of one small head), halved lengthwise and cut into 1/3-inch slices
20 large fresh mint leaves, chopped roughly
¾ cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley
2 apples (Fuji, Pink Lady or Honeycrisp), cored and sliced into 1/8-inch slices
½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped roughly
7 small French radishes, quartered
2 Persian cucumbers, sliced in half lengthwise and cut on a bias (¼-inch thickness)
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a small container with a tight fitting lid, combine the shallot, lemon juice, walnut and grapeseed oil, close the lid tightly, and shake well to combine. Or, whisk to combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Add the kefir and repeat the shaking (or whisking) process. (Makes approximately ¾ cups of dressing.)

In a large bowl, combine the frisee, raddichio, mint, parsley, apple, walnuts, radish, cucumbers and dressing. Mix together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide the salad equally among plates and serve.

Photo: Ronald Tsang

P.S. This recipe was recently featured in an issue of Clean Eating Magazine!

Mint Ginger Watermelon Ice Pops

After using 1 cup of watermelon for the ice pops, grab a spoon and eat watermelon until you consume it all. Yup. This pretty much sums up my summer so far!

Mint Ginger Watermelon Ice Pop

Mint Ginger Watermelon Ice Pop

Yield: 6 ice pops

 

1 cup watermelon, deseeded

1 ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger

8 mint leaves, finely chopped

¾ cup water

6 tablespoons granulated or cane sugar

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

 

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 1 minute.

Pour into ice pop molds and freeze.

Wild Dungeness Crab Stew

It’s a one pot wonder, it’s delicious, healthy, sustainable and it’ll serve a family, dinner party or just yourself – for many meals. What more could you ask for?

Wild Dungeness Crab Stew

Wild Dungeness Crab Stew

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium yellow onions, peeled and diced small

1 fennel bulb, cored and diced medium

4 celery stalks, cut into thirds lengthwise and diced small

6 carrots, peeled and chopped roughly

¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning

3 cups corn kernels

2 ½ cups lima beans

2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, spots or greening removed and diced medium

4 cups vegetable stock

5 sprigs thyme, tied together with the bay leaves (use butcher’s twine)

2 bay leaves, tied together with the thyme sprigs (use butcher’s twine)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 pound Dungeness crab meat

Fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, for garnish

In a 5.5 quart pot, set over medium heat, add the olive oil and the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are soft, translucent, and lightly caramelized.

Add the fennel and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes, until the celery and fennel begin to soften.

Add the carrots, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally for 6 to 8 minutes until the carrots begin to soften.

Add the garlic and the Old Bay seasoning and cook until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.

Add the corn, lima beans, tomatoes, potatoes, stock, and herb bundle. Simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are just cooked through.

Turn off the heat. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine.

Add the crab, gently stir to combine and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper.

Remove and discard herb bundle and serve stew in bowls garnished with some hand torn parsley.