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Barley Salad with Golden Beets and Their Greens

Here we have a lovely mix of chewy tender barley grains tossed with sweet golden beets and their greens, with crunchy slightly bitter toasted walnuts and salty feta cheese, all dressed in a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. This barley salad with golden beets is so good it will sell beets to professed beet haters. Be sure to use golden beets so they don’t suspect! 

Golden beets for CSA members. Barley Salad with Golden Beets and Their Greens and ow to sell beets to a beet hater!

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Summer Savory and Garlic Salt

Featuring a not-so-common herb, this summer savory and garlic salt is absolutely wonderful sprinkled on fresh sliced tomatoes, and lightly steamed green beans. Packaged in a cute jar, this homemade salt also makes a welcome gift.

Summer Savory and Garlic Salt | Letty's Kitchen


My friend Teri religiously listens to The Splendid Table on NPR radio. Knowing I’m always looking for fun and easy recipes using the fresh herbs we find in our farm share box, she recommended a Splendid Table broadcast about Sally Schneider’s Tuscan Herb Salt. This summer savory and garlic salt is a riff on Ms. Schneider’s Tuscan herb salt.

Summer savory and garlic salt is super easy to make. You pulse the garlic in a food processor, and mix in the salt and summer savory. Transfer onto a baking sheet and let dry a few days in open air. Use it to season vegetables, eggs, pasta, or whatever you want. Follow this easy method to make any flavor herb salt you wish.

Summer Savory and Garlic Salt:

  • I use Kosher Flake Real Salt in this recipe. I love to season with Real Salt, for its sweet (as opposed to bitter) taste, its slight pink color, with calico flecks of brown and grey from the extra minerals. And for the fact that Real Salt is mined in Redmond Utah, in the center of this state. It comes to us unrefined, with more than 60 trace minerals intact. It is not processed by heat nor does it come from a huge industrial plant that makes sodium chloride mainly for fertilizer and de-icing.
  • My pantry includes some specialty “finishing” salts. Like Australian Murray River flake salt, which is fantastic on fresh vegetables. To dress up potatoes and eggs, I like to sprinkle them with black truffle salt.

More about salt:

  • Is all salt–table salt, kosher salt, flake salt, rock salt and sea salt nothing more than NaCl, sodium chloride? Technically and chemically yes, salt is salt, but I’d like to convince you that when it comes to seasoning with, and enjoying it, there is much more to salt.
  • Several years ago I was lucky to attend a salt tasting workshop in Portland, Oregon with “selmelier” Mark Bitterman. We tasted more than 20 salts in the workshop, including Japanese flaked salt evaporated over fire, fine delicate grey salt skimmed from the sea and evaporated by the sun, and pink rock salt mined in Pakistan. We learned how geography, environment (terroir), and production methods affect salt’s crystal shape, its flavor, color, and mineral makeup.
  • In his book, Salted: A Manifesto on the World’s Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes, Bitterman explains how and why and to appreciate salt’s diversity, especially when it comes to the kitchen. He details the craft and history of salt, with sidebars about our sense of taste, and the science of salt. He discusses salt’s relationship to our body, and the iodization of salt.

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Summer Savory and Garlic Salt

Summer savory and garlic salt is absolutely wonderful sprinkled on fresh sliced tomatoes, or lightly steamed green beans.  It's super easy to make, and once mixed, this herb salt is left to dry for a few days on a baking sheet. Packaged in a cute jar, it's a welcome homemade gift. Makes about 1/3 cup.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 1 jar


  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons plus 4 teaspoons larger flake salt, kosher style
  • ½ cup fresh summer savory leaves


  • Drop the garlic and 2 teaspoons of the salt into the work bowl of a food processor while the food processor is running and process until the garlic is uniformly chopped. Add the summer savory leaves and pulse until the leaves are well chopped. Transfer to a baking sheet and mix in the remaining salt. Let the pan sit out for a few days until the herbs and garlic are obviously dry. Store in a jar.

Chioggia Beet, Arugula, Peach and Candied Pecan Salad

Chioggia beets look like regular beets on the outside, but when sliced, you get pretty candy-cane spirals. They were inspiration for this mouthwatering Chioggia Beet, Arugula, Peach and Candied Pecan Salad! With a simple olive oil and vinaigrette dressing, this salad celebrates summer with magical color and flavor. 

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Quinoa and Parsley Tabbouleh

High protein quinoa substitutes for traditional bulgur wheat in this flavorful quinoa and parsley tabbouleh. Tabbouli, tabouli, whichever the spelling, here is a fabulous and easy summer salad.

Quinoa and Parsley Tabbouleh

Tabbouli salad, which is sometimes served warm, is from the Middle East. The usual mix-ins include chopped tomatoes, onions, parsley, mint and lemon juice. This quinoa variation of wheat tabbouli includes arugula and carrots–because they came in our CSA farm share box this week.

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Basil and Arugula Pesto

When life gives you basil, make pesto. And make more. That’s because pesto stashed in the freezer will brighten any winter day. Bring back the essence of summer next winter. And if you happen to have arugula, be sure to make basil and arugula pesto.

Basil growing in planter box

This is my basic pesto recipe. Traditionally pesto is made with basil, but I love to experiment with other leafy greens for pesto, like in this recipe, with both basil and arugula. Continue Reading…