One of the best things about the arrival of summer is the abundance of fresh, healthy food available at farmer’s markets. Wandering around the different stands and picking out produce is lots of fun, but do you know what to do with it when you get it home?
Try some of these great recipes below to showcase your fresh finds.
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Heirloom tomatoes are nothing like those sad, mealy tomatoes you get at the supermarket in January. They’re tender and flavorful, and come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Have fun picking out a rainbow of tomatoes to use in this simple, delicious salad.
Tomatillos are one of those fun things you’ve probably seen at the market and wondered how to cook. They’re actually pretty easy to prepare; you just remove their husks and rinse them. This gazpacho is perfect for a warm night when you feel like a light dinner.
Artichokes may look complicated to cook, but this recipe is easy. It uses simple ingredients and only one pot! Your friends and family will think you’re a master chef when you serve this.
Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint
Did you buy too much watermelon at the market? Use up your extras in this sweet and savory salad for a change of pace. Watermelon, feta, and mint together make a light summer salad that showcases the best flavors of the season.
Grilled Asparagus with Spring Onions
This recipe gives you a great excuse to break out the grill for the first time this season. Forget hot dogs, grill healthy asparagus instead. You only need a handful of ingredients and a few minutes to make this simple side dish that features a spring farmer’s market favorite.
Ramp Pesto Pasta
Ramps are everywhere in markets this time of the year. Ramps are wild leeks that are best cooked fresh. This recipe transforms them into a simple pesto you can eat with pasta or use as a spread or dressing.