Zucchini. Tomatoes. Radishes. Cabbage. Corn. Fresh herbs! Theyâre all fresh, all in season, and all packed into this summery farmerâs market quinoa salad.
Spending a few hours at the farmerâs market is one of my favorite summer activities. Aside from going to the beach, I think it might be at the very top of my list. I just adore walking through the aisles, seeing what each farm has, getting inspiration for my meals for the week and supporting small businesses. Itâs fun, satisfying and always delicious.
When we moved from Vermont down to New York, it was the dead of winter and farmerâs markets werenât really on my mind. But as the weather started to warm, I beganÂ realizing all the fresh, local produce Iâd be missing out on.
If you ever make a trip up to Burlington, VT during the summer, you must stop at the farmerâs market. It is absolutely amazing! They have everything you could ever want â from produce, to artisan bread, local crafts, wine, beer, ice cream, snacks and so much more. Itâs quite the experience and I was broken hearted to be leaving it.
I figured weâre moving to NYC, the âconcrete jungleâ so to speak, there was no way Iâd have a farmerâs market to shop at during the summer.
Boy was I wrong! To my delight, I realized that New York as an fabulousÂ farmerâs market network, with the largest one being in Union Square. The first time I visited it, I was astounded. Itâs an amazing place with so much gorgeous food!
I also quickly realized that we have a farmerâs market right in our neighborhood! Every Sunday, the West 79th Street market fills the sidewalk upÂ with farm stands. Itâs become a weekly ritual for us â we walk Trevi in Central Park and then hit up the farmerâs market on the way home â and itâs where I picked up all theÂ fabulous produce for this salad!
What Iâm so excited about in this summer quinoa salad, aside from the fact that itâs filled to the brim with raw, seasonal veggies, is that you can make it your own! Basically, itâs just a 1:1 ratio of quinoa to vegetables with some fresh chopped herbs and a quick lemon-honey dressing.
Of course, Iâll share the exact proportions of what vegetables I used, but I encourage you to find whatâs in season at your local market and make this salad from what speaks to you. Next time you swingÂ by your farmerâs market, find four to fiveÂ veggies that look exceptionally delicious and toss them with some quinoa! Itâs so simple, yet SO delicious!
I did choose to keep my veggies raw in this salad â I feel like it helps give it that super summery taste. When Iâm using raw veggies, I like to choose onesÂ that have different textures and colors, to help make the salad more bright and interesting.
Inside my salad youâll find:
And everything is tossed in a simple dressing made with lemon, honey, olive oil and a little salt and pepper.
Really you guys, this salad could not be any easier to put together and itâs so perfect for this time of year. Itâs light, refreshing, flavorful, colorful, simple. And you know, sometimes it really is the simplest things that taste the best!
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Farmerâs Market Quinoa Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
- 4 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
- 1/2 cup yellow sweet corn
- 1/2 cup zucchini, sliced and quartered
- 1/2 cup tomato, diced
- 1/4 cup radishes, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup red cabbage, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh herbs (I used equal parts basil, mint + tarragon)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
- 2 - 3 teaspoons honey (or maple syrup)
- Salt + pepper to taste
- Combine the quinoa, veggies and herbs in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon, honey, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.
- Taste again and sprinkle with more salt and pepper if desired.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
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