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Recipe Blog

We want to help you enjoy ALL of the diversity of produce that can be grown in the Willamette Valley and strongly believe that most everyone can enjoy most every vegetable by finding the right preparation!

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Spring Greens with Capers, Aioli and Hardboiled Egg

Jacob Bailey

Notes from Katherine Deumling of Cook With What You Have 

Lettuces this time of year are so tender and crisp and perfect. The summer heat hasn’t made them bitter yet and this salad is perfect for them. It includes eggs in two forms (hard-boiled and in the aioli)! And the salad is begging for adaptations. Add some chopped tarragon if you have it or other herbs (mint, parsley, basil, chives). You could add canned tuna for an even heartier version.



  •  4-6 cups lettuce, washed and dried well and roughly torn
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and roughly chopped
  • 2 hardboiled eggs (eggs that have been brought to a boil in a plenty of cold water and then taken off the heat and left to sit for 8 minutes in the hot water and then drained and covered in cold water. The yolks will be set but still a bit creamy.), roughly chopped
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup croutons or roughly torn, toasted, good crusty bread
  • 3 tablespoons aioli
  • a little lemon juice or red wine or champagne vinegar
  • a bit more olive oil or cream or water to thin it down a bit (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper


Put the lettuce, eggs, capers, onion and croutons in a salad bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and then toss well with the lettuce, etc. Taste and adjust seasoning. 


Homemade Aioli

Aioli is basically garlicky mayonnaise. Green garlic lends itself very well to this technique since it’s milder and sweeter than mature garlic. Traditionally it’s made with mature garlic so use whatever you have. Homemade aioli takes about 5 minutes to make and keeps well for a week. I’ve always made it by hand but I know it works really well in the food processor too so by all means use that if you want. It’s so delicious and endlessly useful and adaptable. Potato salad, deviled eggs, egg salad, sandwiches, spread for grilled fish, dressing for anything.



  • 2 eggs yolks
  • 2-3 stalks green garlic or garlic scapes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 3 teaspoon lemon juice or more to taste
  • about 1 ½ cups oil. I use a combo of two thirds neutral oil like Sunflower and one third good tasting olive oil. If you use all olive oil it tends to be too bitter and strong.


Mince 2-3 stalks of green garlic (the tender parts—trim off anything that seems at all fibrous) as finely as you can with a sharp knife for mince in a food processor.

Whisk the garlic into the eggs yolks with the lemon juice, mustard and salt and pepper. Then very slowly start adding the oil, almost drip by drip for a bit until you things get nice and emulsified. Then you can start adding the oil in a thin stream, whisking all the while (or do the same in the food processor).

Traditionally aioli is served as a dip with raw and steamed vegetables. This week it could be carrots and turnips and radishes – raw or quickly blanched or steamed. It’s good with chickpeas, potatoes, asparagus, etc. It’s also wonderful with grilled foods, in a sandwich or spooned in soup or pasta or used instead of mayonnaise in deviled eggs.

Salad Nicoise

Jacob Bailey

Absolutely one of Chris and my’s favorite meals- we made it earlier this week with our new potatoes, fresh tomatoes and yellow beans- quite simple to prepare and delicious!



  • 5 fingerling potatoes
  • 1 cup vinaigrette- (the Joy of Cooking recipe we used called for a dressing with red wine vinegar, olive oil, and Dijon mustard, we added some herbs of choice).
  • 1 pound steamed green beans
  • 1 head butter or red leaf lettuce, washed, dried, and chilled (any lettuce will do really, but butter lettuce in the best.)
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, halved
  • 1 cup canned or cooked tuna, chilled
  • 6 (approx.) canned anchovy filets
  • 1/2 Greek cup olives


Boil whole potatoes until just tender. Drain; rinse in cold water & slip off skins. While still warm, cut into 1/8-inch slices & gently toss with about 1/3 cup of vinaigrette in a bowl. Place steamed beans in another bowl & toss with enough vinaigrette to coat. Just before serving, toss lettuce leaves with vinaigrette to coat & arrange on a platter or plates. Arrange all ingredients in distinct clusters on the lettuce, drizzling on remaining vinaigrette & garnish with fresh herbs. Serve with French bread. Serves 6. 

Cucumber Salad

Jacob Bailey

From Gourmet



  • 2 seedless cucumbers (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds total)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
  • Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
  • 2 tablespoons mild extra-virgin olive oil
  • Equipment: an adjustable-blade slicer


Cut cucumbers into thin (1/16-inch) rounds with slicer. Toss with 2 teaspoons salt in a colander, then drain 30 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid from cucumbers.

Whisk together sugar, vinegar, and mustard in a large bowl, then stir in cucumbers. Marinate, chilled, at least 2 hours.

Drain cucumbers, reserving marinade, and mound on lettuce. Whisk oil into reserved marinade and drizzle over salad.

Cooks’ note: Cucumbers can be marinated, chilled, up to 1 day.