A Greek Salad & The Produce Box
This post was sponsored by The Produce Box, but the opinions are 100% my own and I only work with companies who reflect my values and with whom I would do business with.
So, a very happy thing happened a few weeks back.
It was one of those weeks when the calendar said it was spring, but winter was clinging on with her very last (very cold) breath.
The very happy, very welcome thing was that this box landed on my front porch. ‘This box’ being a box of fresh from the farm goodness delivered by The Produce Box, a North Carolina company that delivers fresh, local produce and specialty products like meats, cheese, bread, and a lot more to homes and offices all over the state. My Produce Box included most of the ingredients I needed to make this easy, healthy and delicious Greek salad.
Each week The Produce Box puts out their ‘menu’ which details what is available in a variety of different boxes.
You can also swap out one item in a box for something else that strikes your fancy or build your own box from scratch.
This time, my box was the O’Natural box, though I did a one item swap. In my box there were radishes, a head of Bibb lettuces, 2 English cucumbers, Rebelski Tomatoes, Sweet Potato and Kale (which I substituted for the Braising Mix). Let me just pause and talk about the tomatoes; these tomatoes were everything you pine away for during the winter months when all you can find are the mealy, pink on the inside ones. These bright red tomatoes really did taste of summer, although the calendar had just switched over to April
English cucumbers = Tzatziki in my world, so when I got my box and the two English cucumbers popped out, I knew I’d be making something with tzatziki. In fact, most of the box pretty much said…”Fantastic Greek Salad Dinner” to me. I had heard about roasted radishes before but hadn’t made them myself. I decided this was a good time to give them a try. My radishes were long and thin, so I merely roasted them at 400º for about 10-15 minutes, along with some eggplant that I already had in my fridge. I think fatter radishes would need more roasting time.
I used my all-time favorite Tzatziki recipe which is Ina Garten’s recipe. It’s easy to put together but does require a little advance preparation to strain the yogurt and the cucumbers.
Once the Tzatziki was made and sitting in my fridge so that the flavors meld, I marinated some chicken breasts using my Za’atar Chicken recipe, adding a tablespoon of oregano to the recipe.
Our Dinner that night of Greek Salad was very easy to put together as the tzatziki was in the fridge and the chicken just needed to be grilled. While the chicken was grilling, I made the salad and roasted the radishes and eggplant. I sliced the grilled chicken, put it over a bed of the Bibb lettuce with the sliced Rebelski tomatoes and topped it with feta cheese and Greek dressing, a recipe also by Ina Garten.
I used the sweet potatoes for another meal (recipe coming soon) and the kale for smoothies, so my Produce Box was consumed rather quickly.
I can’t wait for my next Produce Box delivery, which I will schedule for when Kate is home. One of the great features about The Produce Box is that it is very easy to chose the weeks you would like to receive a delivery and those weeks that you’d like to skip delivery. Given all of our travel of late, that has been very handy.
Truthfully, The Produce Box offers many great features:
- Their produce is locally sourced
- It arrives on your front porch! I mean, how great is that?!
- A sheet is included which tells you where each vegetable is grown and how quickly you should plan to eat the vegetable, as well as some suggestions for enjoying the vegetable. Additionally, the opposite side of the sheet of paper includes recipes that would incorporate the items in your Produce Box.
- My first-hand experience is that the vegetables are truly ‘farm fresh’.
- It’s easy to schedule weeks to receive or skip delivery
- Great customer service. I received a call after my box was delivered confirming that everything was satisfactory.
If you’re in North Carolina and you’d like to give The Produce Box a whirl, they were kind enough to give my readers a $5 discount off of the annual fee of $18. Just use the code NOURISH at checkout.
If this recipe sounds delicious to you, you might also be interested in this pressed Mediterranean vegetable sandwich.
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How cool to have fresh produce delivered right to your door. My daughter was doing something like this but I believe it was more expensive then this so she finally stopped. But it was probably more of if she received it she had to cook instead of going out to eat, LOL. Your greek salad looks so yummy!
Oh Wow I have wondered about services like that. This salad looks really delicious! I want to try it. 🙂
Have a great day Lynn,
Now we are talking Lynn! I, of course, love tzatziki. I just looked over at your recipe and I make it the same way with the exception of the sour cream. I just used pre-strained greek yogurt. I think there is a brand in the US. it is called FAGE. The rest is the same. Yum! I’m a big fan of pita bread and we add anything to it and it is a full meal. This is a great idea to get your produce delivered to you.
I was a little nervous putting out a Greek recipe when I knew my Greek friend would be reading it and equally thrilled that it’s passed muster with you. I love the tzatziki and am glad to know how similar how recipes are, in fact I have made it successfully without the sour cream but since I had it on hand I went ahead and used it.. I am familiar with FAGE..did’t know it was prestrained though! Thanks for that tidbit.Wishing you a lovely Easter with your family.Hugs, Lynn
Your salad looks wonderful. I might have to try boxed produce. I use a lot of Ina Garten’s recipes also.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. You must be OK, since you are a fan of Ina’s. I’ve yet to try a recipe of hers that I didn’t love. And I’m so excited for my next Produce Box delivery, which is coming this week! yippee!
Wishing you a lovely weekend
Lynn I think FAGE is prestrained, but check the label just in case because sometimes they package things differently here than they do there. I just made some tzatziki this morning. Enjoy your Greek meal and think of me. Thanks again for all your wonderful wishes!
I’m loving this idea of the fresh produce box right on your door step! That’s so convenient! I do online grocery shopping quite a bit, there’s a local supermarket here that does it and they are good, but when it comes to the fresh stuff they always bring me stuff that’s about to go bad, so I have to run out to the market anyways. I wish they had this here, I’d be their biggest costumer, believe me! Those tomatoes do look so good! And we basically eat salads all day, so this is a great recipe! I’ve never tried to make Tzatziki myself! Thanks for the recipe! have a lovely Tuesday!
I really did love having this box of delicious land on my front porch. And I’ve got another one coming this week…oh, just remembered that I need to go pick out my yummies for the week. I have never tried online shopping! Hmmm…may have to check that out. Does it arrive on your porch or do you pick it up?
Thanks so much for swinging by today friend.
Have a great weekend.
Lynn, this Greek salad looks so delicious! The Produce Box sounds like a great way to get produce delivered right to your door, and it sounds like they only ship the best. Thanks for sharing your recipe at Sweet Inspiration!
Hi Keri, I’m excited for my next Produce Box delivery! It has been a fun and useful little treat to have arrive on my door. Thanks for swinging by. See you next week.
How did I not know this company existed!!! I will definitely check them out. Your produce looks so FRESH! Or maybe I’m just starving and have no fresh food in the house 🙂
Hi Pam, it really is quite a treat to have these goodies end up on your front door…like magic! My experience with The Produce Box has been nothing but positive. Thanks for swinging by today.
Nothing beats fresh food! That box is full of yummilicious food and you made it look even better, Lynn. 🙂
Hi Larissa…you are so right…the only thing better than fresh produce is when it’s in a box that magically lands on your front porch! Have a beautiful day!