Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Avocado, Cucumber, and Olive Salad | Farmers' Market Days


Saturday mornings during the summer months are reserved for a round of the Farmer's Market!! Its fun to walk around the square, looking for fresh local produce, munching on a bakery item while sipping coffee. Farmer's Markets are truly a family affair around here. Farming families selling their wares and city families hunting for salad greens, honey, maple syrup, and cheese.

The first time I visited the Market I was both surprised and delighted at its size and the variety of goods available. I remember seeing for the first time the Amish shops selling the most amazing looking baked goodies from fresh fruit pies to breads and chocolates. The doughnut seller with countless different glazed  home made doughnuts, and the varieties of cheese - from goat's cheese to blue cheese all made locally within a 100 mile radius. But what excited me most were the fresh vegetables and leafy greens - especially the tomatoes, bell peppers, arugula, amaranth, and kale! Vegetables that are perfect for salads!!


Today's recipe is a fresh salad made partially from locally sourced produce - an avocado salad with crisp cucumbers, tomatoes,crunchy onions, and olives!! Season with lime juice, salt, pepper, and parsley and you have the perfect accompaniment for pizza, calzones, or even pasta.

More Avocado Recipes @ Annarasa:
Avocado & Pepper Salad with Lime-Roasted Cumin Dressing

Ingredients:
2 avocados
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, cubed
3/4 cup black olives, quartered
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup parsley, minced
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
Juice of 1/2 key lime


Method:
  1. Halve the avocados, remove the stone, then the peel. Cube roughly.
  2. Place the cucumber, onion, olives, and tomato in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Add all the seasonings and mix well.
  4. Throw in the chopped avocados .
  5. Stir gently to ensure that they are evenly spread.
  6. Enjoy immediately.
Food Event: Healthy Diet - Diabetic Friendly Recipes @ Priya's Versatile Recipes.
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6 comments:

  1. Very very healthy and lovely salad, I still remember the days when I used to go to the farmer's market, nice post and thanks for sharing...

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  2. Healthy and delicious salad! I also used to love to go to the Farmer's Market! :) http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

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  3. healthy and delicious salad .. me too love to visit the farmers market :)

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  4. Healthy & colorful looking salad :)

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  5. yep my fav one avocados
    you are welcum to visit mine too:
    http://hindustanisakhisaheli.blogspot.com/

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