Saturday, August 24, 2013

Farmers Market Salad


Farmers Market Salad
Cover Photo
 

I love the farmer’s markets in Michigan!  We have such a short season for fruits and veggies, and the Grand Rapids area has an abundance of local farmers.  Some even know who I am when I’m walking down and checking out all of the wonderful fruits.  Visser Farms is one of those, and this week I purchased all my fresh garden veggies for my salad at Rylees Ace Hardware. 

 

Rylees has an abundance of wonderful kitchen tools and house wares and I collaborate with them frequently, so much that they bought me a beautiful new stainless steel demonstration table!  What fun.  This weekend we did a farmers market salad and let our customers work with the corn peelers, tomato stemmers, graters, knives and more, all helping me create a great salad. 

 

I’m not one to be a “stickler” on ingredients, if you want to add to this summer time salad, please do!  I actually added in zucchini because it look so good, and we used the roma tomato’s instead of grape tomatoes.  Anything goes with a fresh salad.  I hope that you take the time to try this simple, but delicious salad.


 

Oh, and the guys in the aprons?  I have no idea who they were, but they were having fun, that’s what the weekend demo’s at Rylees Ace Hardware are all about!

  
Photo: Look who shops at rylees


Farmers Market Salad
INGREDIENTS
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 ripe avocado optional
2 ears of fresh sweet corn
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cups chopped veggies from the farmers market – your choice

HONEY LIME DRESSING
Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp honey
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
Dash of cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS


Remove husks from corn and grill over medium heat for 10 minutes. The corn should have some brown spots and be tender and not mushy. Cut the corn off the cob then scrape the cob with the back of your knife to get the juices. Set aside and let cool. Slice the tomatoes in half. Dice the avocado and chop the cilantro. Add in any vegetables of your choice!

HONEY LIME DRESSING

1 Add all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
2 Combine the sliced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and grilled corn and honey lime dressing and mix gently so everything is evenly coated. Be careful not to mash the avocados. Let the salad sit for 10-15 minutes to let flavors mingle. Enjoy.


1 pint grape tomatoes
1 ripe avocado optional
2 ears of fresh sweet corn
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped



2 cups chopped veggies from the farmers market – your choice


HONEY LIME DRESSING
Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp honey
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
Dash of cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS


Remove husks from corn and grill over medium heat for 10 minutes. The corn should have some brown spots and be tender and not mushy. Cut the corn off the cob then scrape the cob with the back of your knife to get the juices. Set aside and let cool. Slice the tomatoes in half. Dice the avocado and chop the cilantro. Add in any vegetables of your choice!


HONEY LIME DRESSING

1 Add all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

2 Combine the sliced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and grilled corn and honey lime dressing and mix gently so everything is evenly coated. Be careful not to mash the avocados. Let the salad sit for 10-15 minutes to let flavors mingle. Enjoy.


 

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