Farmer’s Market Summer Salad

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This is a guest post from Sam Negrin | creator and EIC of AllGoodHealth.net and editorial manager of LEAFtv
 

It’s that time of year again; The sun is shining, air is warmer and sweet produce is popping up everywhere. When the weather warms up I always gravitate towards food that will cool me down–crisp salads, smoothie bowls, and of course ice cream. This also might be my favorite time of year for trips to the local farmers market. It’s the season of strawberries, sugar snap peas, root veggies, stone fruit, squash blossoms, cherries and more. There are so many reasons to stick to farm fresh food, some including: 1) the produce is at it’s freshest; the peak of it’s flavor and nutrition, 2) support local farmland and economy, and 3) the produce lasts 2x longer than grocery store picks because it’s so fresh – even if you’re spending a little more for quality, it evens out.This salad has a delicious combination of summer flavors, health benefits and is really easy to make. It has loads of nutrients, vitamin c, antioxidants, protein and zinc.

Tip: Make sure you talk to your farmer when choosing produce. They will help you pick what’s best for consumption today, tomorrow or next week.

Ingredients:

2 handfuls of spinach
2-3 radishes
2-3 chioggia beets
5-6 sugar snap peas
2-3 strawberries, sliced
1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp raw sunflower seeds

Dressing:

1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp local honey
Juice of 1 lemon
Coarse salt + pepper
Note: If you don’t have dietary restrictions you can add fish, shrimp, meat, or sliced parmigiano-reggiano on top as well! 
 
Instructions:
1. Using a mandoline slicer, thinly slice the radishes and beets. If you don’t slice the beets thin enough, you might want to flash-sauté them for about 2 minutes to soften them
2. Remove the tough fibrous string from the end of the sugar snap peas. This runs along the straight edge; fold the stem back and pull, it should roll down easily
3. Layer everything onto your serving plate
4. In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients and add S + P to taste
5. Drizzle dressing on top
6. ENJOY!

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