Farmer’s Market Fresh Rainbow Salad

Have I said before how much I absolutely love farmer’s markets?  Well, I do, and when I go, I fully stock my fridge with fruits and vegetables.  And when my fridge is fully stocked, itz what I eat – all day, every day!  I’ll share some of my particularly fresh farmer’s market eats from the past couple days during today’s WIAW with Jenn.

The theme of this month is Fall Into Good Habits, which is perfect for today’s post.  Since most of my food is from the farmer’s market (ie: fruits & veggies), I think that definitely classifies as a good habit.  Let’s begin: My breakfast is what I ate after the 10K race.  Itz a peanut flour pancake topped with coconut oil, fresh strawberries, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Pretty and delicious!  Lunch is also filled with fresh farmer’s market goodies.  Itz actually a rainbow salad with the ingredients I had on hand.  Instead of broccoli slaw, I started by spiralizing one zucchini and one squash.

Such pretty noodles they make!  Next, I added a ton of fresh, colorful produce!  Tomatoes from our garden, red, orange, yellow, and green pepper, red onion, and one apple.  After the produce, I added two protein sources: pinto beans & tuna.

Now that’s a good looking rainbow salad if I’ve ever seen one!  For the dressing, I mashed one ripe avocado, squeezed the juice of a lime, added 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and about a half cup of Chobani’s plain greek yogurt.  Mixed it all together with the gorgeous salad beast and wah-lah!

A nutrient and protein packed salad fresh from the farmer’s market.  Snacks have also been from the farmer’s market.  Like this super juicy plum I enjoyed.

I had to eat it over the sink because it was so juicy!  Dinner was made in the crockpot.  Again.  Itz just so easy!  In the morning, I threw in 1 pound of ground chicken, 1 pound of dry navy beans, diced red, orange, yellow, and green peppers, onion, tomatoes, corn, some garlic and cayenne pepper.

Then I poured a container of reduced sodium chicken broth, turned the bad boy on, and dinner was a-cookin’!  I served it over a bed of fresh kale and a dollop of Chobani plain greek yogurt.

Jonny and I both “mmm-ed” our way through dinner.  And we’ll be enjoying the leftovers for the next couple of nights, too.  Benefits of making a gigantic batch at once!

What farmer’s market staples have you been eating lately?

41 thoughts on “Farmer’s Market Fresh Rainbow Salad

  1. It’s all so colourful and beautiful!! I’m sorry — if pictures like those don’t convine people to eat more fruits and veggies, there is no hope for humanity.
    I lovelovelove farmer’s markets — I can’t believe we’re nearly at the end of the season! I’m glad that we have a farmer’s market-type produce store near my house. Not quite the same, but they feature a tonne of local produce (in season) and have great natural imports off season. Much better than resorting to the large-chain stores for produce (for both price and quality).

    • Haha love it!! Lucky for me, this farmer’s market is open year round. Obviously now is prime time for fruits and veggies, but it is still open in the colder months!

  2. I love Farmer’s Markets too!! I always get so sad in October when most of them close… it’s the best way to eat fresh all summer, and they’re fun too! I love just walking around, looking at and smelling all the food, picking out the best and knowing it’s fresh! Anywho, your salad looks absolutely amazing, artistic even 🙂 I’m sure it was delicious, and I’m definitely going to have to try out that dressing sometime! Did you make that up?

    • I did make up the dressing… I learned of using avocado as a dressing in this healthy eating class I took, and then I decided to bulk up the protein and creaminess factor by adding nonfat greek yogurt – genius, I tell ya! 🙂

  3. I love farmer’s markets! I’m so excited to be back at school because we have a few really good ones in the city. I’ve been eating lots of tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and peaches from the market lately. And I’m getting so excited for squash to be in season. Apparently it’s the best after the first frost though, so I guess I have a few more weeks to wait! 😛

    And that salad looks so good. I love the colourful shot of all the chopped ingredients before you mixed it up!

  4. OH EMMMM GEEE!!!! Your food looks so delicious! 🙂
    We don’t have a great farmer’s market around here, BUT we have a local farmer about 10 minutes down the road that sells his fruit from a little shack on the side of the road, so lately I’ve been stocking up on eggplant, sweet potatoes & strawberries!!

  5. That pancake looks amazing!!! I love the farmer’s market. I’m in St. Louis, too. Do you ever get down to the Soulard Farmer’s Market? I live less than a mile away… so fantastic!

    • Oh my gosh you will LOVE your crockpot!! YES it really is that easy.. throw a bunch of stuff in and you’ve got dinner made while you work!! It is definitely my favorite kitchen appliance!

  6. I must have eaten a peach every single day! We’ve picked up a huge bag full from our local farmers market every Saturday, since they’ve been in season. Oh and heirloom tomatoes. I’m obsessed. 🙂
    Your rainbow salad looks so fresh and yummy!

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