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Summer Farmer’s Market Salad Recipe

August 24th, 2015 | no comments

Lately I’ve been craving lighter meals for lunch and dinner and lots of water. So naturally, I turn to light and refreshing salads that are satisfying but won’t weigh you down or heat you up in the already warm month of August. I actually love salad all year long despite the temperature outside because I find that there is a salad for ever season; be it a spring mix or hearty grain salad in autumn.

As a time-saving tip I always mix up a big batch of salad at the beginning of the week and grab for a quick-n-easy lunch or as a compliment to dinner to get in my greens or stuff into wraps with sliced avocado or a dollop of hummus. Easy and delicious.

I’m all about non-boring salads so I really love to mix and match the flavor based on season ingredients and pack in lots of flavor with different veggies, add-ins, and homemade dressing. It just keeps things fun!

Lately I’ve been loving peppery arugula; a bit of a spicier and more bitter green that pairs really well with crisp and fruity flavors.

This Spring Onion Market Salad was inspired by one of the farmers at my local market. I grabbed a bunch of arugula and took a big whiff and he said “trust me, you’re going to want two!” So two big bundles it was and off to the kitchen to jazz it up!

Spring green onions were plentiful at the market this week and I love the mild onion flavor that they add to savory dishes. Pairing them with a little bit of sweet, salt and crunch makes for the PERFECT salad. This salad pairs well with my clean and delicious strawberry vinaigrette dressing for a beautiful harmony of sweet and spicy.

Summer Farmer’s Market Salad

You’ll need:

  • Large bunch of Arugula
  • 1/2  cucumber (washed and chopped)
  • 1 carrot (chopped)
  • 4 – 6 radish bulbs
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted walnuts
  • 3 stalks of green onions
  • Optional: sliced strawberries
  • Optional: sprinkle of feta cheese
  • Dressing: 2 tbsp Strawberry Vinaigrette per serving

 To make:  

Wash and pat dry arugula, add to a large bowl. Chop cucumber and carrot into equal sized pieces. Slice up 5-6 radishes and the 3 stalks of green onions. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. 

In a dry saucepan over medium heat, dry roast the walnuts for 5-7 minutes until fragrant, let cool. Add walnuts, and sliced strawberries and feta cheese(optional) then drizzle with my Strawberry Vinaigrette or a dressing of your choice. Light, refreshing and perfect for a hot afternoon. Enjoy!

 

Summer Market Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Large bunch of Arugula
  2. 1/2 Persian Cucumber
  3. 1 Medium Carrot
  4. Handful of radish
  5. 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  6. 3 stalks of green onions
  7. Optional: sliced strawberries
  8. Optional: sprinkle of feta cheese
  9. Optional: 2 tbsp Strawberry Vinaigrette per serving
Instructions
  1. Wash and pat dry arugula.
  2. Chop cucumber and carrot into equal sized pieces.
  3. Slice up 5-6 radishes and the 3 stalks of green onions.
  4. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. In a dry saucepan over medium heat, dry toast the walnut for 5-7 minutes until fragrant, let cool.
  6. Add walnuts, and sliced strawberries and feta cheese (optional).
  7. Right before serving toss in Strawberry Vinaigrette. Enjoy!
DeAnna Lynn Englezos, Certified Life Coach, Wellness Expert, Speaker http://createyourgreatlife.com/

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DeAnna Lynn Englezos is a Brooklyn-based Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach. Her core mission is to share accessible information on health and happiness that actually works and healthy recipes that taste great. DeAnna is the proud owner of an adorable rescue pup named Harlow and posts pictures of her often.
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