Salad for a Locavore with Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette

©Diane Eblin

©Diane Eblin

I love when the farmers markets open and the local fresh vegetables start showing up.  Fresh lettuces and tasty little cucumbers.   Of course the herbs and vegetables you grow yourself are organic and as local as it gets.  They’re also priced right.  This salad was created by what was available at the farmers market, my tiny garden and leftovers in my freezer.  This was a fast and easy meal, low cost and so fresh.  The trick to this salad is to load up on the veggies and then shred the meat to make it look like there is more than what is really there.  This way you can cut down on the meat, calories and cost.

Have you made a trip to your local farmers market?  Do you know where they are located?  Well if you’re not sure check out the sidebar of my blog.  Just below the listing of Categories you’ll find a Farmers Market Finder created by Culinate.  Just type in your zip code and you will be taken to a map showing you just where you can buy local.

If you start or continue to buy local you can join the ranks of the Locavores.  What is a locavore?  A locavore is someone who pays attention to where their food is grown and buys their food from local farmers as much as possible.  This doesn’t mean you have to buy all of your food this way to be a locavore.   If you would like to read up more on eating local check out the sites  Eat Local Challenge and Enjoymentland.  If you happen to have an iphone, check out this cool iphone app that will let you know what’s in season where you live,  so you’ll know what to expect when shopping.  Doesn’t it feel good to support the local farmers in  your community and eat fresh foods!  That’s what I call a win win.

Ingredients:

©Diane Eblin

©Diane Eblin

mixed lettuce

arugula

parsley

red onion diced

carrots shredded

cucumbers diced

tomatoes diced

organic bacon

organic turkey shredded

raw sunflower seeds

Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette :

1-2 tsp dijon mustard (I like Annie’s Naturals  gluten free)

1-2 tsp champagne vinegar

1 TB extra virgin olive oil

1-2 tsp water

Celtic Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix the mustard and vinegar together.  Whisk in the oil until it emulsifies.  Add in the water, salt and pepper.  Taste and adjust.

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23 Responses to Salad for a Locavore with Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette

  1. WendyGK June 10, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    Beautiful. I am loving this time of year and the goodies I bring home from the farmers market. It just feels good to eat this way and be connected to the people who grow the food. The farmers put so much effort and love into the things they grow. It's got to be more nourishing on many levels.

    • Diane June 10, 2009 at 8:10 am #

      Wendy- a fellow locavore! I totally agree on what the farmers are putting into their crops. I love talking with them at the markets. I have to admit I go to 3-5 a week so I can talk with a variety of farmers. Thanks for taking time to comment.

  2. WendyGK June 10, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Beautiful. I am loving this time of year and the goodies I bring home from the farmers market. It just feels good to eat this way and be connected to the people who grow the food. The farmers put so much effort and love into the things they grow. It’s got to be more nourishing on many levels.

    • Diane June 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

      Wendy- a fellow locavore! I totally agree on what the farmers are putting into their crops. I love talking with them at the markets. I have to admit I go to 3-5 a week so I can talk with a variety of farmers. Thanks for taking time to comment.

  3. Linda June 10, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Your salad looks beautiful and delicious. I was disappointed last week when the farmer's market closed down before I got there because of rain. I love buying fresh produce. I wish they had eggs. I never heard the term locavore and was wondering about it when I saw your title. I guess I'm one too.

    • Diane June 10, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

      Linda- sounds like you're a locavore to me too! Bummer about the rain delay. Have you checked any of the local farms for eggs? They are so good fresh from the farm. I hope someone brings them to your farmers market soon.

  4. Linda June 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    Your salad looks beautiful and delicious. I was disappointed last week when the farmer’s market closed down before I got there because of rain. I love buying fresh produce. I wish they had eggs. I never heard the term locavore and was wondering about it when I saw your title. I guess I’m one too.

    • Diane June 11, 2009 at 2:55 am #

      Linda- sounds like you’re a locavore to me too! Bummer about the rain delay. Have you checked any of the local farms for eggs? They are so good fresh from the farm. I hope someone brings them to your farmers market soon.

  5. Heather June 10, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    The salad looks great. I shredded meat on my salads because you can take smaller bites of meat and it doesn't overpower the veggies. I just found a farmer's market close to home. Looking forward to checking it out this week.

    • Diane June 10, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

      Heather- Can't wait to hear about your farmers market. Take some photos and share. I'm lucky to have so many around where I live. There is so much food available here it's ridiculous. I'm very lucky.

  6. Heather June 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    The salad looks great. I shredded meat on my salads because you can take smaller bites of meat and it doesn’t overpower the veggies. I just found a farmer’s market close to home. Looking forward to checking it out this week.

    • Diane June 11, 2009 at 2:56 am #

      Heather- Can’t wait to hear about your farmers market. Take some photos and share. I’m lucky to have so many around where I live. There is so much food available here it’s ridiculous. I’m very lucky.

  7. Rachel June 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Looks like something I'd throw together!! Yummy!!

    I haven't been to the local farmers market yet, probably because I'm getting a nice CSA box every Thursday and haven't needed to. I promise to be making my way there soon.

    • Diane June 10, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

      Rachel- Sounds like your farmers market comes to you! Is this the first time you have participated in a CSA? Mine starts up at the end of this month and it's the first time for me. I'm really excited. Great job on eating local foods!

  8. Rachel June 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    Looks like something I’d throw together!! Yummy!!

    I haven’t been to the local farmers market yet, probably because I’m getting a nice CSA box every Thursday and haven’t needed to. I promise to be making my way there soon.

    • Diane June 11, 2009 at 2:58 am #

      Rachel- Sounds like your farmers market comes to you! Is this the first time you have participated in a CSA? Mine starts up at the end of this month and it’s the first time for me. I’m really excited. Great job on eating local foods!

  9. Ali (Whole Life Nutr June 11, 2009 at 1:54 am #

    This looks like a great meal! It is great to see what you have in season right now – more than us!

    I love all of the local veggies we have around here. Our backyard garden is about as local as it gets. I am amazed that we can sustain our family from the greens in our garden – we are actually saving money this year with our garden.

    Farmer's Markets are great too! -Ali :)

    • Diane June 11, 2009 at 9:36 am #

      Ali- I'm jealous of your garden. The only two places I have are the small raised area that is now stuffed with herbs and a tomatillo plant or my front yard. Homeowners association frowns on vegetable gardens in the front yard. My next home in CA will have room for a garden with lemon, limes and avocados! Enjoy your greens!

  10. Ali (Whole Life Nutrition) June 11, 2009 at 5:54 am #

    This looks like a great meal! It is great to see what you have in season right now – more than us!

    I love all of the local veggies we have around here. Our backyard garden is about as local as it gets. I am amazed that we can sustain our family from the greens in our garden – we are actually saving money this year with our garden.

    Farmer’s Markets are great too! -Ali :)

    • Diane June 11, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

      Ali- I’m jealous of your garden. The only two places I have are the small raised area that is now stuffed with herbs and a tomatillo plant or my front yard. Homeowners association frowns on vegetable gardens in the front yard. My next home in CA will have room for a garden with lemon, limes and avocados! Enjoy your greens!

  11. gfe--gluten free eas June 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    What a lovely salad! I need that little bit of protein in my salad, but not much. Our HOA frowns on so much except what they shoud be frowning on. (We have a house literally falling down, but they spend time on decorative mailboxes.) No garden for us though as we are in the woods.

    I love that farmers market finder. I am going to contact them to ensure our new farmers market gets added. It's a bit controversial as it's truly local–only in our county and because of that and the time of year, there's not a lot being offered right now. But, still it's a very neat thing. I'll be speaking there at the end of the month for their grand opening/community appreciation day. We'll be adding gluten-free goodies to the wares that the 4-H group is selling and will have gf treats and info packets at our table. Farmers markets rock in so many ways!

    Thanks so much for the links, Diane, and the recipe! :-)

    Shirley

  12. gfe--gluten free easily June 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    What a lovely salad! I need that little bit of protein in my salad, but not much. Our HOA frowns on so much except what they shoud be frowning on. (We have a house literally falling down, but they spend time on decorative mailboxes.) No garden for us though as we are in the woods.

    I love that farmers market finder. I am going to contact them to ensure our new farmers market gets added. It’s a bit controversial as it’s truly local–only in our county and because of that and the time of year, there’s not a lot being offered right now. But, still it’s a very neat thing. I’ll be speaking there at the end of the month for their grand opening/community appreciation day. We’ll be adding gluten-free goodies to the wares that the 4-H group is selling and will have gf treats and info packets at our table. Farmers markets rock in so many ways!

    Thanks so much for the links, Diane, and the recipe! :-)

    Shirley

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