Farmers’ Market Demo & Recipe

We had a great time at the Waltham Farmers’ Market in June talking to customers of the market about healthy eating and local produce! We partnered with the Waltham Fields Community Farm to share a table and offer a tasting of a yummy chopped salad with farm-grown mixed greens. The salad was topped with a zesty lime vinaigrette created by Chef Reva. You’ll definitely want to try this one!

You can see us again at the Waltham Farmers’ Market (corner of Lexington and School Streets) on September 10, where we will be sampling another dish created by our chef. We will also be conducting demos at the Outreach Market of the Waltham Fields Community Farm (former Fitch School parking lot), please check back for upcoming dates when they are confirmed. Check out our photo gallery from the market here. Here is the recipe:

Zesty Summer Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

serves 6

Ingredients

for dressing:

  • ½ jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped or garlic scapes, chopped
  • ½ cup mixed herbs such as parsley, cilantro, tarragon, basil
  • zest of one lime, grated
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

for salad:

  • 5 cups mixed chopped greens such as lettuce, Swiss chard, bok choy, arugula, kale, spinach
  • 1 cup thinly sliced vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, onions, beets, radishes
  • Instructions

Combine dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste. Toss greens and sliced vegetables with enough dressing to coat. Enjoy!

Chef Reva’s Tip: “A successful dressing is all about balancing acidity, fat and salt. To adjust the seasoning of your dressing, dip a piece of lettuce or other greens into your dressing and eat (remember that salad greens are mostly water and will dilute the flavor of your dressing). If it tastes too acidic to you, add a little more salt and oil. If it tastes oily or bland, add more salt and lime juice. Always feel free to experiment by adding or eliminating spices, herbs, mustard, and/or nuts and seeds.

 

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