I love a veg box. This might make me a bit odd but every week it feels like I’m opening my presents on Christmas morning. I really like vegetables.
I’m on my third company now. The first delivered a huge box of fruit and veg and was much cheaper than the supermarkets. The trouble was it filled the box with huge root veg whatever the season and the quality of the food was no fresher or better than the shops; it was still being shipped in from around the world.
My next box was great for a while. Organic and a little more seasonal but more expensive and just as globally sourced so that too had to go.
Now, maybe, I have found my veg box! Fresh Roots collects its food from a few farms close to where I live, should therefore be seasonal and is cheap. I got my first box on Saturday and made this lovely salad. You really want beautiful fresh veg for this dish. Grow your own or be fussy in your green grocers
• 1 thick slice of bread – cubed
• 10 cherry tomatoes or some quartered larger tomatoes
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 1 medium beetroot – grated
• 2 carrots – grated
• handful walnut pieces
• 1 lemon
• 1 tbsp chopped capers
• handful runner beans thinly sliced
• 1 small courgette (thinly sliced with peeler)
• several whole leaves of cos lettuce
Place the cubes of bread on a baking sheet with the tomatoes. Drizzle with oil and any seasoning you like. Bake in the oven on a medium heat for about 20 minutes. Shake them about until the bread is crunchy and tomatoes squiggy.
Mix the carrot and beetroot in a bowl with the capers, lemon and walnuts. Set aside.
Get a frying pan good and hot. Add the runner beans and after a couple of minutes the courgette and lemon juice. Maybe a little salt and a lot of pepper. Take off the heat after a minute and let cool.
This is one of the few dishes where I tale a little care plating up. I like to put some lettuce leaves on a plate, top with cooked veg and then pile the root veg mix on top. Croutons and tomatoes go around the edge.
What do you do with your veg box? How do you like your salad?