Purslane Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Purslane Tomato Sauce Recipe┬áPurslane is a common weed in many parts of the world. But it’s also a green with a gourmet flavor. You’ll sometimes spot this delicious plant for sale at your Farmers Market. It’s a special treat of summer!
To prepare purslane for cooking, it should be washed well and then dried before refrigerating. Leaves, stems, and flowers can be eaten raw, and leaves and tender stems can be sauteed, fried, or steamed. Any tough stems should be removed. To preserve nutrients, purslane should be cooked over low heat and for as short a time as possible.
Today’s recipe combines the flavor of early tomatoes with the gourmet flavor of purslane in a sauce that can be served over pasta (Bellingham Pasta, Bellingham) or local grains, such as triticale (Nooksack 9, Everson).

Purslane Tomato Sauce
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Pesky weed? Edible landscaping plant? Medicinal herb? Gourmet greens? Purslane is all of the above. The flavor is unexpectedly delicious.
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 1-1/2 cups
  • 1 Tbsp hazelnut oil (Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards, Lynden)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped (Broadleaf Farm, Everson)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (Rabbit Fields Farm, Everson)
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered (Nooksack 9, Everson)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (BelleWood Acres, Lynden)
  • 1 bunch purslane, with lower woody stems removed (Alm Hill Gardens, Everson)
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Put the oil in a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot add the chopped onions and saute until lightly browned.
  2. Add the minced garlic and continue to saute for another minute or two until fragrance is released.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have softened into a sauce.
  4. Add the cider vinegar and purslane and cook a few minutes longer until purslane is wilted.
  5. Salt to taste.

Serving Suggestions:

For a complete menu, serve Purslane Tomato Sauce over some fresh Bellingham Pasta noodles with a summer salad on the side.

Food Sources:

Bellingham Farmers Market, Railroad at Chestnut, Bellingham
Community Food Co-op, Cordata and Westerly, Bellingham

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