Mike Price's Purslane-Peach Salad with Feta and Pickled Red Onions

August 18, 2014

All week long, the GrowNYC team will be sharing recipes from The Greenmarket Cookbook -- and giving away one copy each day. Now get to the market, and make the most of summer's brightest produce before the season is over.

Today: Don't waste your weeds -- toss them into a salad instead.

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Over the years, some farmers have come to appreciate a harvest hidden in plain sight: weeds. While you don’t want them crowding out your crops, wild plants can be as delicious as they are pervasive, and for citizens of the urban jungle, there’s something wonderful about feasting on foraged foods. This recipe from Mike Price at Market Table uses purslane, a summer succulent with crunchy, pink stems and fat, juicy leaves. It has has gotten so popular that, ironically, some farmers now actually order seeds and plant the widely prized "weed."

If you can’t find purslane, this salad is also wonderful with another wild edible: watercress. Either way, you’ll love the pretty quick-pickled onions and creamy-tart feta. Best of all, the savory use of peaches lets you feast on the fruit before you even get to dessert.

Purslane-Peach Salad with Feta and Pickled Red Onions

Serves 4

1 small red onion, shaved into rounds
Sea salt
1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup diced bread, any kind -- from pullman to pumpernickel -- cut into 1/4 inch cubes
4 tablespoons good extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces purslane, roughly chopped into bite-size pieces
2 large ripe peaches
2 tablespoons roughly chopped herbs, such as dill, tarragon, chives, chervil, and parsley
4 ounces crumbled feta

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

We're giving away a copy of The Greenmarket Cookbook each day this week! To enter to win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What do you like to do with purslane? We'll choose our winners next Monday, August 25th.

Photo by GrowNYC. Excerpted from The Greenmarket Cookbook by Gabrielle Langholtz. Reprinted by permission of GrowNYC. All rights reserved.

Update: 10 Legs in the Kitchen is our winner! We hope you enjoy your copy of The Greenmarket Cookbook.

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pretty_pathetic August 22, 2014
I've never had purslane before, but this salad looks absolutely delicious.
Jenn August 20, 2014
I confess, I have seen purslane in my farmers market and have been too daunted to use it. But this recipe went straight to my shopping list for Saturday's farmers market unless I luck out and find it at the farmers market this afternoon. Does that count to enter me in the contest? ;-)
Lauren K. August 19, 2014
I love you purslane, oh yes I do.
Nazima, F. August 19, 2014
what a pretty recipe, and lovely to have peach and feta together - a nice pairing. I have not tried purslane. I quite like Nasturtium leaves in salads too - slightly peppery like rocket. Also Sorrel is nice but not sure how it would work with feta. WIll have to order some Purslane seeds.
Gina C. August 18, 2014
I see it pop up in my garden quite a lot, but I'm always worried I'll confuse it with the other weed that looks similar, starts with an "s" and is poisonous. But this salad sounds so good, I will have to do my research so I pick the right one to try this!
almacucina August 18, 2014
Great minds think alike! I paired purslane with fruit as we'll in this simple salad -
gingerroot August 18, 2014
My introduction to purslane was testing linzarella's Purslane Salad here on food52. I was so glad I did because it is such a delicious combination of flavors and textures - I've made it many times since. The purslane lends a citrusy note and I like that it is sturdy and can stand up to dressing. I can't wait to try this salad with peaches.
Bradley M. August 18, 2014
This may sound weird, but I grazed some purslane once. All fours, face to the ground. Much more fun than weeding it.
aargersi August 18, 2014
I need to go pick what I THINK is purslane and post a photo - then if it is I will salad-ify it!!
AdeleK August 18, 2014
I have only used it is salads but if there is anything else you can do with it I would like to learn.
AntoniaJames August 18, 2014
I've never used purslane; in fact, I'm not sure I've even ever tasted it. Definitely need to do something about that. Thank you for the interesting post. ;o)