Spring is prime time for ALL THE GREENS. Best way to use up those fresh, beautiful greens is to make a big salad! This recipe uses specific produce and value added products from the farmers’ market, but the best part about a salad is that you can make it your own. To put together the perfect salad you need greens and produce, a protein source, cheese, a little crunch, and dressing. This recipe includes all 5 of those components with substitution ideas so you can make it your own!

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1-2 cups of greens*

  • 1/4 cup Radishes*, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Green Garlic*, thinly sliced (substitute garlic scapes* or green onions*)
  • 8 oz. Chicken Breast*, cooked and diced
  • 1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Smoky Bac’n Clusters*

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

*available from local producers at Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow

 

Method:

  1. Add dressing ingredients to a sealed jar and shake vigorously until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing, toss, and enjoy!

 

Building the Perfect Salad:

  1. Select your green. There are far more options here than you likely realize. You could go with the traditional salad mix* or romaine*, or you could get more creative and try out one of the following: spinach*, kale*, arugula*, swiss chard*, tatsoi*, buttercrunch*, butterhead*, or redleaf*.
  2. Select your produce. There is no limit here! Add as many produce as you’d like and play around with roasting them if you want to get a little wild. It can be nice to pick at least one allium(green garlic*, green onions*, garlic scapes*, red onion*) – this adds another element of flavor. And don’t forget that you can go beyond just vegetables – berries* and apples* are great in salads as well!
  3. Select your protein. There is a wide variety of options here depending on your dietary restrictions. You can go the meat route and use chicken*, beef*, pork*, or hard boiled eggs*. You could also go the vegetarian route and use tofu, tempeh, or beans.
  4. Select your cheese. Feta is always a delicious option for salads, but a shredded hard cheese* or cheese curds* would also be delicious. Yellow House Cheese offers both options, but their cheeses must be preordered for pick-up at the market. You can not purchase them in person at the market.
  5. Select your crunch. No salad is complete with out a little crunch. Nuts and seeds are a great option for this. Savory Snackage offers Smoked Almonds* along with several other delicious options and Picked Proteins offers coconut bacon* and garlic & herb coconut clusters*.
  6. Select or make your dressing. Savory Snackage offers a Peach Poppyseed dressing* and a Tahini Ginger dressing*, but it’s also super easy to make your own. To make a vinaigrette, you’ll do 4 parts oil to 1 part vinegar or lemon/lime juice with your seasoning. Seasoning could include salt, pepper, garlic, shallot, mustard, etc. Simply add all your ingredients to a sealed jar and shake it up!

*available from local producers at Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow

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