TV (take seven!)

by Holly on May 30, 2012

in dinner,farmer's market,recipes,TV appearances,vegetarian

Things to get on board with: fuzzy socks, reading, NPR, Pond’s Cold Cream and farmer’s markets.

Even if all of these things make you sound like you’re 60 years old and getting ready to order the blue plate special for your 5pm dinner. Blue plate specials are cool. So is eating dinner at 5pm.

Do you know where your farmer’s market is? Because if you don’t, it’s time.

It’s time to mingle with your local farmers. Get to know them. Especially the shaggy-haired guy shoving fresh leaves of arugula in your hand bright and early in the morning asking, “Have you had your arugula today?” And the bee man! Who can forget the precious 60-year-old man with the beehive hat on who, without fail, is at the market every.single.week.

It’s also time to get to know your in-season vegetables. Here in Wisconsin, we’re going crazy for radishes right now. Spicy, crunchy radishes. Best eaten plain with a sprinkle of salt. And baby rainbow chard. Asparagus. Spring onions. Not to mention, herbs, turnips and rhubarb.

And now that it’s spring, it’s time to get down with salads. And I mean low. Get down low.

Because it doesn’t get any better than salads made from fresh, local ingredients. Rob and Charlotte agree with me, I know it! That’s why they invited me back on the News 3 This Morning show for my 7th appearance.* They let me extol the wonders of vegetables (antioxidants! fiber! low in calories, oh my!), our amazing local farmers and artisans in Wisconsin and say the word ‘um’ as many times as I wanted. Although, I am still determined to banish ‘um’ from my vocabulary.

I love my TV family.

And you’ll love this Farmer’s Market Salad. With feta from Chula Vista Cheese, asparagus and greens from JenEhr Farm, radishes from Harmony Valley, spring onions and a lemon honey vinaigrette featuring honey from the Bee Man, this salad is all Wisconsin. But please, by all means, do feel free to sub in all YOUR local farmer’s goods!

If you can enjoy eating this salad wearing fuzzy socks and listening to NPR, all the better.**

Farmer’s Market Salad
Prep time: 15 minutes

1 t olive oil
1/2 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 bag (approx. 5- to 8-oz) mixed greens, baby chard or arugula
1 cup radishes, thinly sliced
2 to 3 heads scallions or spring onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
juice of 1 lemon
1 t lemon zest
1 t minced garlic
1 t honey
1/4 cup olive oil
salt + pepper, to taste

In a saucepan over medium low heat, saute asparagus in olive oil until slightly browned, about 4-5 minutes. Or, you could also roast the asparagus at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or grill until slightly charred.

In a large bowl, toss greens, radishes, onion, feta, pecans and sauteed asparagus. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together lemon juice, zest, garlic, honey, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt + pepper. Pour over salad and toss to evenly coat.

Makes 2-4 entree salads or 6-8 side salads

*If you are reading this post in Google Reader or via email subscription, the videos for my TV appearances do not show up. Please click through to the actual post to view the video.

**This salad is a total un-recipe. Add as many radishes or as least amount of pecans as you like. These are merely guidelines. The crafting of the salad is up to YOU!

{ 15 comments }

Linds Frank May 31, 2012 at 3:06 am

Yum! I love a little farmers market and salad action and can’t wait to test out this recipe as part of a June salad challenge I’m doing. Thanks Holly!

Amber May 31, 2012 at 6:07 am

You are such a TV star! I love salad, you can’t go wrong with a giant salad. Way to go! :)

Katie May 31, 2012 at 7:27 am

You are FAMOUS! I had no idea it was your 7th appearance….I think I’ve missed a few. I’m going to go back and find them.

Also, you are so cute and cheeky. It makes me want to meet you in person 10x more than I already did.

carrie (actsofrebellion) May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

we’re so spoiled with madison’s farmers market, it is seriously like one of the best things ever created..um. (<— haha)

Abby May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

The night before the opening day at a farmers market is like Christmas morning to me, and then I go crazy buying 3 of everything. Beautiful salad!

Mackenzie May 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

STOP BEING SO COOL! or, just come and eat things with me. either/or is fine :)

Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

Hey, that shaggy-haired guy is at my Farmer’s Market in Green Bay, too! :) Actually, I’m pretty sure there’s a shaggy-haired, greens-pushing man at every Farmer’s Market.

Stacie May 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

Awesome, I think we can say you are a regular on TV! I love farmers markets!

Ann May 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

This has gotten me excited for the opening of our farmers’ market, which is Saturday. Sadly, the local one here only has a 3 month life every year.

Luckily though, there is a local grocery that does stock lots of local seasonal produce and products, like honey. I’ve recently learned that you should always try to use local honey because it will help your body acclimate to local pollen and help with allergies.

Awesome job as always.

Ann May 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

This has gotten me excited for the opening of our farmers’ market, which is Saturday. Sadly, the local one here only has a 3 month life every year.

Luckily though, there is a local grocery that does stock lots of local seasonal produce and products, like honey. I’ve recently learned that you should always try to use local honey because it will help your body acclimate to local pollen and help with allergies.

Awesome job as always.

Kristie May 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I know those radishes are the bomb because I signed up for the Harmony Valley CSA :). Definitely the best decision of the year so far!

I always avoid the honey and go for maple syrup in dressings because honey can be such a pita to deal with (so sticky!) but I think I’ll get over my laziness sometime and sub it in.

Eileen May 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Yes farmer’s market! I’m there practically every weekend–and always regret it when I miss for some reason or other. That salad looks perfect–so clean & fresh.

Charlotte May 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Holly, you are a star! I am so proud of you, umm’s and all!

Megan (Braise the Roof) May 31, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Umm…you are adorable. :) I should really pick up some radishes. I never buy them because I can never think of a use for them!

Hillary May 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

You are a rock star. Really, honestly, and truly.

And I haven’t made it to the farmer’s market yet, but I promise it’s on my agenda. I want to get my hand on some fresh berries ASAP!

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