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farmer's market salad

Farmers' Market Salad

Author : Ashley Madden
Prep Time: 15 mins
Servings: 3
Course: Salad
5 from 1 vote
Turn a summer farmers' market visit into a gorgeous, nutritious, versatile salad! See the tips in the post on how to get creative with salads! The herb tahini dressing also makes for a great veggie dip! This recipes makes 2 to 3 large salads or 5 to 6 side salads.


  • Blender (for the dressing)
  • Box Grater



  • 6 cups mixed greens whatever is fresh and vibrant – gem lettuce, arugula, leafy green
  • 1 zucchini peeled into ribbons
  • 1 medium beet grated
  • 1 English cucumber diced small
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds see notes for toasted
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Fresh herbs optional

Herb Tahini Dressing

  • ¼ cup stirred tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Large handful fresh basil leaves and tender stems only
  • Large handful fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems only
  • 1 garlic clove crushed and peeled
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup , adjust to your liking
  • ¼ cup water plus more to thin


First make the dressing.

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin as needed. Set aside.

Now prepare the salad.

  • Wash and spin dry the leafy greens you’ve chosen. Transfer to a large salad bowl.
  • Peel the zucchini into long, wide ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Scrub the beet, remove the root and stem and grate using the large hole on a box grater. Dice the cucumber (small or large, whatever you like).
  • Layer the prepared veggies into the bowl of lettuce and add the quinoa and pumpkin seeds. Add half the dressing and toss.
  • Divide among bowls and garnish with fresh herbs, more dressing, and/or pumpkin seeds if desired.


Add another layer of flavor by toasting the pumpkin seeds. Add them to a large pan and toast over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes, stirring them around once or twice,  until fragrant and they start to pop. Transfer immediately to a bowl to cool.
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