I'm a little embarrassed to say it took me nearly two years of being a Seattleite to take advantage of my local farmer's market. I know, it's shameful., right? But I finally did and wow! I was completely inspired by what I found. So many delicious and fresh ingredients flowing in abundance around every corner. It was hard to limit myself but I selected some delicious produce I thought would make a lovely seasonal salad. And honestly, this recipe is more of a general guideline or reminder to take advantage of your local farmer's market than anything else. I was inspired by local radishes, pea shoots (!), which taste like the freshest pea you've ever tasted, and some beautiful edible flowers. I also snagged some juicy strawberries for a yogurt + granola breakfast situation. Those bland, somehow always-a-little-too-firm store-bought strawberries just don't compare to fresh local strawberries. I highly encourage you to wander down to your local market this weekend and see what speaks to you! And support your local farmers!
Farmer's Market Salad
2 large handful mixed greens
2 large handfuls pea shoots
1 bunch small radishes, sliced in half (about 8 or so)
roasted fingerling potatoes (recipe below)
edible flowers, such as bachelor buttons, nasturtiums, or chrysanthemums (optional)
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
3/4 c olive oil
1 t whole grain mustard
1 t dijon mustard
1 T fresh dill, finely chopped
1 T fresh chives, finely chopped
1 T fresh mint, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients together until emulsified.
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
1/2 lb fingerling potatoes, washed and sliced in half lengthwise
1 T olive oil
salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the potatoes in olive oil and sprinkle with salt then spread on in an even layer on a sheet tray. Bake for about 20 minutes, until fork tender and lightly golden brown.
Assemble the salad
Toss all the ingredients together and drizzle with the vinaigrette while the potatoes are still warm. Optional: top with goat cheese or chopped pistachios if you'd like.