August Farmer’s Market Recipes

This is the absolutely best time to shop your local farmers market.  It’s harvest time for summer’s best produce.  It’s peak season for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and other squashes are so abundant, so fresh, and so delicious.  Keep these recipes in mind when you are shopping!  Enjoy.

Watermelon and Spinach Salad

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach or arugula
  • 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • 2 cups cubed English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions, chopped

 

  • In a small bowl, whisk the first nine ingredients. In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat; serve immediately.

Sweet and Sour Squash Salad

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • For dressing, whisk first six ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Place vegetables in a large bowl; toss with dressing.
  • Refrigerate, covered, until cold. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Peaches and Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 medium peaches, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 large banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Arrange fruit on a platter; top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

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