Farmers Market Vegetable Salad

This seasonal salad can take advantage of any colorful combination of vegetables from the summer farmers market. Try different colored tomatoes, beans and corn; try adding steamed potatoes, try red onion or baby garlic instead of shallot - there are so many potential combinations.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound fresh wax beans or green beans, trimmed
  • 2 medium ears fresh corn, with corn cut from cob and cobs discarded
  • 1/3 cup fresh shelled peas
  • 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes or teardrop tomatoes
  • 4 medium radishes, trimmed and sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • Spicy Almonds (recipe below)
  • 1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup prepared red wine or balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh salad greens such as arugula or watercress

Preparation

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with 2 inches of water, and place a steamer insert inside. Bring to a boil, and add beans. Steam, covered, for 3 minutes, then add corn and peas, and steam 2 minutes more, or until beans are tender-crisp. Let cool. Combine in a large bowl with tomatoes, radishes, shallots, almonds and feta. Dress with prepared vinaigrette and serve on salad greens.

    Spicy Almonds:
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 1 tablespoon unsalted butter in a small skillet. As butter melts, stir in 1/8 teaspoon chili powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in 1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds. Spread almonds on a baking sheet lined with foil, and bake 10 to 15 minutes, until fragrant. Let cool before placing on salad.

    Nutrition information per serving:
    Calories 198, Cholesterol 14 mg, Total fat 12 g, Fiber 6 g, Saturated 3.8 g, Calcium 92 mg, Monounsaturated 4.1 g, Magnesium 55 mg, Polyunsaturated 3 g, Sodium 407 mg, Carb 20 g, Potassium 388 mg, Protein 6 g, Vitamin E 3 mg
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