Our boutique manager, Rachel, went on a trip through the Greek Isles earlier this summer and has been creating mouth watering Santa Barbara inspired versions of some of her favorite dishes ever since. The Santa Barbara climate is similar to the Mediterranean in many ways -just check out our rad vineyards and olive groves- but we also are blessed with a very unique bounty of local produce.
One of our favorite local, seasonal greens is purslane! This kinda crunchy and almost lemony tasting “weed” is high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. It can usually be found at the farmers market in the spring through the late summer months.
The following recipe combines this local super food green with a fresh take on the classic, ubiquitous Greek staple: tzatziki!! Feel free to modify according to your dietary needs or if you’re just feeling adventurous.
What you’ll need:
Combine everything but the purslane in a big bowl and mix thoroughly, once base is mixed add the purslane and gently mix everything together. Top with another splash of olive oil like the Greeks do and enjoy as a side, with bread, with anything and everything! Enjoy! xoxo