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Farmers Market Recipe for June: Healthy Tomato Salad

Make this healthy salad this week! Shop the Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market in June to find the fresh produce you need tp get started.


Photo of tomato and cucumber salad, the featured recipe for the farmers market in June 2023
Farmers Market recipe for June: tomato and cucumber salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and basil.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper.

  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

  4. Serve immediately or chill for later.

Tips:

  • If you don't have fresh basil, you can use 1 teaspoon of dried basil instead.

  • To make the salad ahead of time, chill it for up to 24 hours. When you're ready to serve, let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before tossing with the dressing.

Enjoy!


Why this recipe is a good choice for the June Farmers Market:

This recipe is a great way to use up seasonal produce from the farmers market. The tomatoes, cucumber, and onion are all in season in June in Southern California, and they provide a variety of nutrients. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins C and K, cucumber is a good source of vitamin K, and onion is a good source of quercetin, an antioxidant that has been shown to have a number of health benefits. The basil adds a touch of flavor and freshness, and the olive oil and vinegar dressing provides healthy fats and acidity.

This recipe is also relatively easy to make. All of the ingredients are easy to find, and the instructions are simple. This makes it a great option for a quick and healthy meal on a busy day.


Variations:

There are a number of ways to vary this recipe. For example, you could add other seasonal vegetables, such as zucchini, bell peppers, or corn. You could also add some protein, such as grilled chicken or shrimp. If you're looking for a vegan or vegetarian option, you could omit the protein or add some chickpeas or lentils.

No matter how you make it, this recipe is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy the bounty of the Claremont farmers market.

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