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Farm To Table: 3 Ways to Prepare a Farmer’s Market Seasonal Salad

My family visits our local farmer’s market every other week. Partially because it is a great way to have fun while supporting our local farmers, but it is also because we pick up our bi-weekly CSA share there. When you shop at the farmer’s market or you are a member of a CSA, being creative is essential when it comes to deciding how to use all of the vegetables that you will find. For example, right now in Florida our farmer’s market is full of mixed greens, squash, peppers, winter fruits, strawberries, and root vegetables.

Since we are a busy family, finding time and creative ways to use all of those vegetables before they expire is very important to us. We have found the quickest way to use a lot of vegetables at once, regardless of the vegetables that we receive each week is by having a salad with our dinner every evening. The key is get creative with the fruit and vegetable combinations within each salad. If you aren’t creative, then the chance of your family actually enjoying the salads isn’t high. The idea is to use whatever fruits and vegetables are in season in your area. Here are 3 seasonal salads that my family is enjoying this fall; all of these salads use only the items that we find at our local farmer’s market.

Seasonal Salad #1: Mixed Green and Vegetables with a Creamy Balsamic Dressing

What you will need:

  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Red Chard
  • Eggplant
  • Winter Squash
  • Radishes
  • Green Pepper
  • Sweet Pepper
  • Tomato

Creamy Balsamic Dressing Recipe:

  • ¾ c organic olive oil
  • ½ c organic balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. agave
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions: Place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree.

Seasonal Salad #2: Mixed Greens, Fresh Strawberries and Pomegranate with a Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing

 What you will need:

  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Red Chard
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Pomegranate

 Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 c agave
  • 1/4 c fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 c white vinegar
  • 1/2 c extra light olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. onion salt
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds

Directions: Place all ingredients (except poppy seeds) in a blender and puree, stir in the poppy seeds.

Seasonal Salad #3: Mixed Greens, Vegetables with a Creamy Ranch Dressing

What you will need:

  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Red Chard
  • Pepper
  • Tomato

Creamy Ranch Dressing Recipe:

  • 1/3 c vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp. fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pepper

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