Category Archives: Recipes

5 Riverford recipes for June

June is the start of The Veg New Year. The Hungry Gap has ended and our fields are suddenly bountiful with all sorts of greenery and vibrant veg; new potatoes, spinach, British asparagus, broad beans and more are in abundance.

Make the most of them in these gorgeous summer dishes, picked by legendary Riverford cook Kirsty.

Warm Potato, Radish & Bean Salad

When new potatoes and radishes are in full swing, how better to celebrate than with this superlative salad. The herbs and capers create a salsa verde – a perfect match for the beans and eggs too. Just be careful with your seasoning, as the capers and olives both lend a saltiness to the finished dish.

See the full warm potato, radish & bean salad with eggs, olives & saffron mayo dressing recipe.

Frying-pan Spinach Soufflé

The word soufflé seems to strike fear into the hearts of even competent cooks, but this version is simple and accommodating. All you’re looking for is to get the eggs to rise slightly, then crisp a little on top, like a puffy omelette. The two things to get right with any form of soufflé are to whisk your egg whites until you can tip the bowl over your head without them falling out (really!) and to fold them in gently to keep as much air in the mixture as possible.

See the full frying-pan spinach soufflé recipe.

Gnocchi with Courgettes, Broad Beans & Peas

The gnocchi and courgettes cook fast, leaving you plenty of time to pod your peas and beans. Podding has a meditative quality to it (for anything less than a kilo!). If it’s speed rather than enlightenment you’re after, split the pile in half and race someone. You can use the broad beans with their skins on, but if you have time it’s worth slipping them from their skins to reveal the bright green bean inside.

See the full gnocchi & crème fraîche with courgettes, broad beans & peas recipe.

Asian Raw Green Bean Salad

Raw beans can add a great crunch to a salad, but they don’t hold a dressing well when kept whole. Slicing them finely creates more nooks, crannies and surface area for all the flavour to cling to. Here we’ve dressed them with an Asian dressing and added radish and peanuts for a satisfying crunch.

See the full Asian raw green bean salad recipe.

Asparagus & Portobello Noodles

Seasonal asparagus is brought to life in this quick, simple stir-fry dish, with Asian flavours from ginger, sesame oil, hoisin sauce and chilli. The cooking for this dish is done at such a pace that it is vital to have all your ingredients prepared and to hand before you start, preferably in the order they are to be used. Peanuts finish the noodles with a salty hit and satisfying bite.

See thefull asparagus & portobello noodles recipe.

5 asparagus recipes to enjoy this spring

Tender, sweet and delicate – the flavour of English asparagus just can’t be beaten. For an organic farmer though, asparagus is the ultimate challenge; weeds being the problem. Asparagus’ tall wispy foliage never casts enough shade to supress weeds, while its unruly growth habit makes row cultivation difficult. For the cook however, it is a delight and an iconic marker of the start of another season.

Our top tip for prepping asparagus is to hold the stalk at either end and bend it gently. It will break naturally at the point where the stalks become woody. There’s no need to waste the bases – they add a lovely flavour to homemade stock.

Here are our top 5 recipe picks to make the most of this seasonal star.

Asparagus, Spinach & Lentil Salad with Hazelnuts & Wootton White


This is a simple and nourishing dish, making a veg hero of asparagus. A bed of lentils and new potatoes are topped with roasted asparagus and one of our favourite cheeses, Wootton White, a British sheep’s cheese that’s made in the same way as feta, for a tangy flourish. Toasted hazelnuts finish it off for a satisfying crunch.

See the full Asparagus, Spinach & Lentil Salad with Hazelnuts & Wootton White recipe.

Asparagus, Potato & Spelt Pizza with Courgette & Rocket Salad


New potatoes, asparagus, red onion, courgette, rosemary and more top this satisfying spring pizza. A very hot oven and a restrained hand with the toppings are the key to a good end result. The temptation is to load it with all kinds of goodies, but the deeper the toppings, the soggier the result and the longer the cooking time. We suggest turning the toppings in a dash of oil so that they roast on the pizza rather than scorch in the intense heat.

See the full Asparagus, Potato & Spelt Pizza with Courgette & Rocket Salad recipe.

Risotto Primavera


A classic Italian dish, using any seasonal spring veg. Here we’ve chosen asparagus, broad beans and spring onions, adding a fresh herby hit to finish off the dish. The onion, celery and carrot trinity are known in Italian as ‘soffritto’ (literally, ‘slow-fried’); they give a good flavour base to any risotto, soup or stew. The two minute wait at the end, stirring in butter and Parmesan to finish is known as the ‘mantecura’; it adds the final creamy touch to the dish.

See full Risotto Primavera recipe.

Asparagus & Portobello Noodles


A quick, satisfying bowl of egg noodles in a soy and hoisin sauce, with ginger, garlic and chilli and seasonal veg asparagus. Portobello mushrooms, cashew nuts and coriander finish it off nicely. The cooking for this dish is done at such a pace that it is vital to have all your ingredients prepared and to hand before you start, preferably in the order they are to be used.

See full Asparagus & Portobello Noodles recipe.

Asparagus & Perl Las Blue Tart


This vegetarian tart pairs asparagus with many of its foodie friends; blue cheese, eggs, nuts, fennel and citrus. We’ve suggested serving them with a fennel, orange and hazelnut salad, but any salad you have to hand would work.

See full Asparagus & Perl Las Blue Tart recipe.

5 vegetarian recipes for May

May is a tricky time of year for us, as we’re a midst The Hungry Gap; the time of year when the winter crops have tailed to an end and we’re still waiting for the first of the summer veg. However, with the help of our French farm, the organic growers we work with in Spain and others, we’re able to keep the boxes full and vibrant.

From now until late summer our carrots will arrive on your doorstep with their gorgeous green tops. Don’t immediately toss them on the compost or give them to the nearest rabbit or guinea pig, but instead eat them. They are especially good made into a pesto.

Other highlights for May include broad beans, asparagus and spinach. Here are 5 recipes to keep your plate colourful and veg filled.

Crushed Broad Bean Bruschetta

A delectable vegetarian springtime starter. If you make this early in the broad bean season, while they’re still small and soft, you can skip the double podding that broad beans usually call for. Two lovely additions: spread your toasted bread with a little fresh ricotta before piling on the beans, or top the crushed beans with crispily fried pancetta or bacon lardons.

See full crushed bean bruschetta recipe

Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot tops are full of flavour, and like the leaves of other roots (e.g. celeriac or beetroot) if they’re in reasonable nick, they’re good to eat – so don’t throw them on the compost. Pick off and discard the larger stems, keeping the feathery leaves. This pesto is great tossed through pasta, or drizzled over roasted carrots, new potatoes or greens. Try crumbling mozzarella or sheep’s cheese over the top too.

See full carrot top pesto recipe

Asparagus, Spinach & Lentil Salad

This is a simple and nourishing dish, making a veg hero of asparagus, a favourite spring vegetable. We suggest topping with one of our favourite cheeses, Wootton white, a British sheep’s cheese, but feta or soft cheese will work.

See full asparagus, spinach & lentil salad recipe

Spinach Linguine with Roasted Tomatoes

Avoid wasting leftover bread by drying it out, blitzing and sprinkling onto pasta dishes like so for a little crunch. Here breadcrumbs top linguine pasta with wilted spinach, sweet, juicy roasted tomatoes, a garlicy hit and a kick of chilli.

See full spinach linguine with roasted tomatoes recipe

Sweet Potato, Spinach & Almond Curry

This is a mildly spiced curry with warming garam masala, a mix of aromatic spices that includes clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and cumin. Lightly bashing the cardamom opens up the seeds for more flavour. Seasonal spinach adds a hit of green, and can be interchanged with swiss chard or spring green.

See full sweet potato, spinach & almond curry recipe

5 vegan recipes for April

April means two exciting things in the veg world: wild garlic and late PSB (purple sprouting broccoli). As winter crops start to tail off and we enter The Hungry Gap, things can start to get a little sparse, but pungent, bright green wild garlic is a bit of a saviour during this period, as are beautiful purple heads of broccoli and spring greens.

Spring greens bring a youthful freshness when winter crops are dull and tired. They’re sweet and tender enough to shine on their own, but given the time and effort are great made into rice rolls like below.

Here are 5 vegan recipes for April, picked by Kirsty, our recipe box cook.

Spring Green Rice Rolls

Around the eastern Mediterranean there are many versions of stuffed leaves, often using vine leaves, but any good-sized cabbage leaf can be used. These rolls have crunch, sweetness and a fresh herb flavour. The simmering finishes off the rice; as it expands more it plumps up the rolls, and the leaves get extra flavour from the lemony oil coating.

Read the full spring or summer green rice rolls recipe.

Wild Garlic & Purple Sprouting Broccoli Ragout

A coconut broth is used to cook nutty tasting wild rice and quinoa, with a seasonal pairing of wild garlic and purple sprouting broccoli: two of our favourite homegrown spring vegetables.

Read the full wild garlic & purple sprouting broccoli ragout recipe.

Spring Green Mung Dal & Chickpea Curry with Shiitake

This version of dal, made with yellow mung lentils, greens and our umami flavoured shiitake mushrooms, is good for a healthy mid-week supper. Earthy shiitake mushrooms really finish off this colourful, creamy, Indian spiced dish.

Read the full spring green mung dal & chickpea curry with shiitake recipe.

Wild Garlic Chickpea Curry

What’s so wild? Garlic leaves, or ‘ramsons’ as they’re known. A seasonal treat, we have special licence to pick ours, treading carefully on the land. It’s tasty in this chana masala style curry – chana translating as chickpeas.

Read the full wild garlic chickpea curry recipe.

Aloo Gobi

A classic cauliflower and potato curry. Serve this with warm naan bread and mango chutney for an inexpensive, quick and flavourful dinner. To make this lighter and greener you could add in a handful of frozen peas and some chopped spinach, chard or kale for the last few minutes of cooking.

Read the full aloo gobi recipe.

5 wild garlic recipes

Every year we forage wild garlic from the woods around our Devon farm. The pungent leaves add a welcome dash of green and liven up all our plates during The Hungry Gap when other crops can be sparse.

Wild garlic leaves have a milder taste compared with dried garlic, and are good stirred into soups, risotto, pasta dishes and eggs; hardcore garlic fans may enjoy wild garlic shredded into salads. Here are a few recipe suggestions.

Wild Garlic Chicken Kiev with Baked Beetroot Bubble & Squeak

Chicken Kiev is a retro classic. Originally made with dried garlic, it works equally as well with the fresh wild garlic we pick each year on the farm. You may get a little butter leak from your chicken; this is normal, just pour it over at the end.

Read the full wild garlic chicken kiev with baked beetroot bubble & squeak recipe.

Wild Garlic & Potato Soup

Paired with the punchy taste of wild garlic, potatoes make a wonderfully savoury and inexpensive soup. Increase the amount of wild garlic, if you dare! We send out the wild garlic leaves but not the flowers, as they’re too delicate to travel, so you’ll have to forage for those if you want to use them – or garnish with lots of chopped parsley instead.

Read the full wild garlic and potato soup recipe.

Wild Garlic Pesto Pasta with Slow Cooked Courgettes

Watch as the courgettes collapse into a thick and unctuous sauce. Low and slow is the key. If you have lots of wild garlic, the pesto recipe can be scaled up and will keep well jarred in the fridge for at least a week if covered with a layer of oil.

Read the full wild garlic pesto pasta with slow cooked courgettes recipe.

Lemon & Thyme Pork with Potato & Wild Garlic Hash

For this recipe, we use spare rib pork steaks as they have a deeper flavour and wonderful marbling of fat to keep them succulent. Paired with chucks of fried potato and wilted wild garlic, this recipe makes a quick, simple dinner.

Read the full lemon & thyme pork with potato & wild garlic hash recipe.

Broccoli, Tomato & Wild Garlic Wheatberries with Mashed Potato

If you’ve not tried wheatberries (wholegrain wheat kernels) before then I hope you like them and want to use them again. They add a really good texture to vegetarian dishes, and can be used in stew style dishes or cooked, cooled and used in salads.

Read the full broccoli, tomato & wild garlic wheatberries with mashed potato recipe.

5 vegan recipes for March

Not only does March (hopefully!) mean a little welcome sunshine and the start of longer days, on the farm it also means the arrival of wild garlic, foraged from the woodland around our Devon farm, and purple sprouting broccoli (PSB), which has been long awaited this year; we usually start picking it in late January but the weather decided otherwise for us this season.

As we approach the Hungry Gap, we’re grateful for the root veg harvested and stored through the winter, and continue to make the most of beautiful vibrant beetroot and our sweet, iconic carrots.

Here are our 5 vegan recipe picks for the month.

Wheatberries & Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Crispy Garlic & Chilli

A hearty and healthy dish combining toothsome wheatberries, PSB and crispy fried onions. Wheatberries are the entire wheat kernel except for the hull. They take a while to cook but have a good nutty texture, lending real substance to a dish.

Read the full wheatberries and purple sprouting broccoli with crispy garlic and chilli recipe.

Red Pepper Paella with Wild Garlic & Almonds

Want to sound authentic and well-travelled? Learn to pronounce paella properly. Essentially the trick is to stifle the ll sound in the back of the throat and replace it with a y sound instead. pie-eh-ya. This recipe makes the most of wild garlic during its short season, and is topped with toasted flaked almonds for an added crunch.

Read the full red pepper paella with wild garlic, almonds & an olive & orange salad recipe.

Indian Masala Roast Carrots with Coconut Red Lentils & Flatbreads

The sweet earthy qualities of the humble carrot make it an ideal vehicle for a whole world of spices. Set against this simple dahl-like bowl of lentils they are best roasted with a little bite left to them.

Read the full indian masala roast carrots with coconut red lentils & flatbreads recipe.

Roasted Beetroot, Carrot, Lentil & Cumin Seed Salad

This colourful, hearty salad has sweet notes from the roasted carrots and beetroot, and a mild, earthy flavour from green lentils. We’ve finished it with a simple zesty dressing made from lemon and olive oil. Try other root veg in place of carrots and beetroot; parsnips or celeriac would work especially well.

Read the full roasted beetroot, carrot, lentil and cumin seed salad recipe.

Jerk Chickpeas & Roasted Peppers with Callaloo

Jerk spice is a Jamaican style spice mix traditionally used to flavour meat, but it also works for vegetarians with pulses and beans. We’ve swapped the blow-your-socks-off Scotch bonnet chillies for some paprika. This makes the flavour more aromatic rather than too hot to handle, as there’s also chillies in the callaloo spinach and coconut sauce. Callaloo is a Caribbean dish which uses an amaranth leaf native to the area, but spinach or chard work well as an alternative.

Read the full jerk chickpeas & roasted peppers with callaloo (spinach & coconut sauce) recipe.

5 vegan recipes for February

Veganuary might be over but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate plant-based recipes into February, March and for the rest of the year. More and more people are turning to a meat-free or meat reduced diet and veg is finally taking centre stage as it deserves; it’s an exciting time at Riverford where life revolves around all things green! Here are 5 vegan recipe picks for February to help make your veg sing.

Sweet Potato & Lentil Bake


With their rich sweet flesh, sweet potatoes are a vibrant and versatile replacement for potatoes or squash in scores of dishes. They have a light spiciness to their flesh which marries well with the harissa and cumin in the lentils of this dish.

Read the full sweet potato & lentil bake recipe.

Spring Green & Coconut Dal

A colourful, creamy dish which makes the most of our sweet, tender spring greens and finished with a sprinkling of hot chilli and toasted coconut chips. Spinach, cabbage or chard can all be used instead of the greens.

Read the full spring green and coconut dal recipe.

Celeriac, Chickpea & Saffron with Maftoul

This is a Moroccan style dish, lightly spiced with a slight chilli heat. Celeriac has a fragrant, nutty, celery-like taste is great at soaking up surrounding flavours. Celeriacs are notoriously knobbly so we’d advise ditching the peeler in favour of a sharp knife for this one.

Read the full celeriac, chickpea & saffron with maftoul recipe.

Broccoli, Tofu & Udon Bowl with Miso, Parsnip & Peanuts

Miso is a fermented rice or soybean paste and is a fundamental building block of Japanese cuisine. It has a deeply savoury flavour and tastes hugely restorative. You can try and eat this with a fork and a spoon but the best way is with chopsticks, sucking up the noodles over the bowl and slurping the broth.

Read the full Broccoli, tofu & udon bowl with miso, parsnip & peanuts recipe.

Cauli, Beet & Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa has been much heralded in the last few years. It has a very mild bitter edge to its taste but generally makes a great bass note to a whole ensemble of ingredients. We’ve chosen the earthy flavours of beetroot and cauliflower, some pepperiness from the watercress, sweet fruit, crunchy seeds and a sharp tart kick from the orange and balsamic.

Read the full cauli, beet & quinoa bowl recipe.

Live life on the veg this Pancake Day

We thought we’d offer a little inspiration for how to do Shrove Tuesday the Riverford way. Although the classic lemon and sugar combo takes a lot of beating, we think our savoury pancakes are pretty good contenders. They are, of course, all about the veg!

The key to a good pancake is to use an oil suitable for frying at high temperatures, and without a strong flavour, such as sunflower or groundnut oil. Plain flour can be substituted for buckwheat, which goes particularly well with savoury fillings; in France, crêpes are usually made with buckwheat. It’s also gluten-free.

Masala Dosa & Spiced Spuds with Beetroot & Coconut Relish


Masala dosas are the perfect Indian street snack. Traditionally the paper thin dosa pancakes are made with a fermented rice batter. As the process takes 3 days, we’ve cheated a little here and used a mix of rice and chickpea flour. An Indian snack is never complete without a chutney or relish, so a warm beetroot side adds some earthy flavour and bright colour.
Read the full masala dosa & spiced spuds with beetroot & coconut relish recipe

Ragú of Green Beans with Tomatoes, Olives & Farinata


Farinata (also known as socca) is a dense chickpea pancake, often baked in shallow trays in wood-fired ovens. It is perfect to drag through and mop up rich sauces. Enjoy them paired with a herby green bean ragú.
Read the full ragú of green beans with tomatoes, olives & farinata recipe

Sweet Potato Pancakes


These sweet potato pancakes can be adapted for both sweet and savoury tastes. Serve for dinner with a roasted vegetable topping e.g. ratatouille and quick pickled red onions or leftover curry or chilli, or as a hearty breakfast, laced with a pinch of cinnamon and served with sliced banana and maple syrup or honey.
Read the full sweet potato pancakes recipe

Spinach, potato & chickpea pancakes


This recipe ticks the box for both vegan and gluten-free. These chickpea pancakes are stuffed with a curried potato, spinach and chickpea filling. Serve with a good dollop of yogurt, some fruity chutney and wedges of lemon for squeezing.
Read the full spinach, potato & chickpea pancakes recipe

5 quick, midweek Riverford dinners

Stuck in a recipe rut and want to try something new? Live life on the veg with these quick, veg-packed recipes that can be on the table in around 30 minutes. Ideal to mix up your midweek meals!

Broccoli & Sweet Potato Curry with Cashews & Quinoa


This is a light, aromatic vegan curry. The sweet potatoes could easily be replaced with squash or pumpkin if you choose to make it again. Celeriac or parsnip would work well, too. Quinoa is a great source of protein and dietary fibre and stands in well for rice with a curry. It has a different texture, with a light bite and pop to it, but it soaks up all the liquid from the curry well. See recipe.

Chicken, Spinach & Chickpea Tagine with Harissa & Preserved Lemon


Harissa is a spicy blend of chilli, herbs and garlic. We’ve advised using half to start, tasting and adding more towards the end, depending on your preference for heat. We’re using baby spinach here, which can be wilted down in the pan in handfuls. If you make it again with larger leaved spinach, it’s best to blanch, refresh and chop it first. See recipe.

Leek, Mascarpone & Lemon Gnocchi with Walnut & Parsley Pesto


Gnocchi is quick, versatile and up there in the list of top comfort foods. Here gnocchi balls are served in a leek and watercress sauce with creamy mascarpone, then finished with a simple walnut pesto. See recipe.

Teriyaki Tofu Bowl with Shiitake, Crispy Kale & Shredded Sprouts


This is a big mixed bowl of contrasting textures. Sticky dark mushrooms, crisp roasted tofu with a soft melting centre, crunchy seaweed-like kale and a fresh sweet/sharp salad of raw sprouts, all tethered by a comforting base of unctuous rice. With good organisation, all 5 elements should mesh nicely in their preparation. See recipe.

Smoked Mackerel, Celeriac & Watercress Salad


Rich smoked mackerel with clean, crunchy celeriac and apple, peppy watercress and fresh herbs. If you don’t have watercress, use peppery winter salad leaves instead. You could also add in wedges of cooked beetroot, toasted walnuts or slices or waxy salad potato. See recipe.

5 vegan recipes for January

We are firm believers that you don’t need meat to make a magical meal. Whether you want to ramp up the veg in your diet, are giving Veganuary a go, or just want to experiment with new, inspiring and veg-centric meals, these recipes are for you. We hope you’ll enjoy living life on the veg with these colourful, nourishing and bursting-with-flavour dishes.

Thai Celeriac Salad with Noodles & Crispy Tofu


This is dish is inspired by the famous Thai green papaya salad, a dish of crisp shredded veg dressed with a sharp, fragrant and punchy dressing. The noodles and tofu help draw it into a well-rounded meal. As long as they are well drained and retain a slight bite, noodles are a great addition to a salad. This dish is about texture and freshness. The tofu should be crisp on the outside but soft in the centre. See full recipe.

Squash & Tomato Dosa with Green Coconut Relish


The trick to achieving a thin dosa pancake is to tip the pan in a swift, steady roll as soon as the batter hits it. You should be able to guide and swirl the batter into an even layer. The recipe will make more batter than you need so you can have a few experimental runs. We find the first attempt always ends up as a sacrifice to the god of pancakes. See full recipe.

Aromatic Beetroot Curry with Quinoa & Coconut


Healthy and sustaining, this jewel-coloured, mild curry is packed with aromatic spices, cooled with coconut, and served with protein-packed quinoa. If you want to prevent your hands from staining when you’re preparing the beetroot, wear a pair of rubber gloves, although it does wash off, we promise! See full recipe.

Winter Pilaf with Walnut Pesto & Baked Portobellos


A good pilaf is all about light but fragrant spicing and gently methodical cooking of the rice. As best you can, the aim is to try and get the grains of rice fluffy and well separated. Placing a tea towel under the lid helps to absorb condensation in the pan, which in turn helps the grains separate. See full recipe.

Cauliflower Caponata with Garlic & Herb Tortillas


Caponata is a dish traditionally made with aubergines, so using this name may offend any purists, but the other ingredients and general feel of the dish remain correct. It incorporates the Italian principle of agrodolce (literally sour and sweet), a flavour combination that is also prevalent in many other cuisines. The vinegar and briny tang of capers and olives are well balanced out by the sugar and plump sultanas. See full recipe.