Using your CSA Share

Ever find yourself with a little more produce from your CSA then you think you can use?  Or maybe you’re looking for a new way to use some of those leafy greens since your kids are sick of kale chips?  We’ve got you covered this week!  Check out some really great ideas below.


  1. Salads.  What better way to use up vegetables than salads? Sure lettuce or pretty much any leafy green can be used as the base.  Then add in crunchy raw vegetables that will hold up, like carrots and kohlrabi. has a list of 49 summer salads that require minimal cooking.
  2. Fritters.  Mix some flour, egg, milk, and salt & pepper with your favorite shredded vegetables, such as radishes, squash, beets, carrots, or sweet potatoes, or even some blanched leafy greens.  Then fry in a little oil on the stovetop.  Here’s a great recipe with carrots, zucchini, and green onions, but the possibilities are endless.
  3. Pesto.  Have something green?  Chances are it can be made into a pesto.  Typically this involves pureeing in a food processer, along with nuts and cheese, and adding in some olive oil slowly.  It often freezes well, as long as you don’t add the cheese in until right before you enjoy it.  Broccoli pesto anyone? Or try our garlic scape pesto we posted a few weeks ago.
  4. Smoothies.  No holds barred here.  Everything, other than the kitchen sink, can taste good in a smoothie.  Add some fruits and vegetables, some juice or yogurt and milk, and blend for an easy breakfast or a nutritious snack.  Check out this blog for some good ideas on building that perfect smoothie.
  5. Dips.  My personal favorite.  Who doesn’t enjoy a good dip?  And dipping vegetables into vegetable-based dip doesn’t get much better!  I like this roundup from Greatist of 49 Healthy Dips, including Moroccan Spiced Carrot Dip and Nutty Swiss Chard with Roasted Garlic Dip.

Of course you can choose to preserve many of your vegetables too.  Head over to to check out how you can freeze (almost) anything.  Or consider pickling those extra vegetables – shows you how without canning.

Need more ideas?  Check out these bloggers’ adventures with their CSA share every week:

Image credit: Fran Linden


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