The Vitality Kitchen Edmonton Farmers Market Summer Salad

Saturday marked my first ever appearance at a farmer’s market EVER! It was fantastic, we sold out of everything.

But life isn’t without it’s challenges. It rained, all day; which made for less than stellar market attendance. Initially I was disappointed, but after some careful reflection, I realized that had the farmer’s market been popping like it usually is, I would have sold out of product by 11 am.

I learned  a few lessons this past weekend; here are my top two take-aways…

  • Bring layers. I didn’t think I would need winter socks, but in the deluge that was Saturday, an extra pair of socks would have been most welcome.
  • Make more than you think. Honestly, I was sort of lost in regards to how much product to prepare for the market and I was lucky that the weather was less than stellar, because I simply didn’t make enough. I also learned that beverages outperform salads; I mean, who can resist a green juice or a smoothie?!

But I digress completely.

Because I am so grateful that people chose to brave the elements and visit me at the farmer’s market, I wanted to share the recipe for the SOLD OUT green pea, strawberry and cucumber salad with mint lemon dressing.

Thank you to all that came out, I very VERY much appreciated. I will be back at the City Farmer’s Market in downtown Edmonton on August 9th!

Green Pea, Strawberry and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Mint Dressing

1 cup green pea (mixture of peas and pods), blanched
¾ cup strawberry, halved
1 long English cucumber, shaved with a peeler

½ cup mint, chopped
½ cup lemon juice
¾ cup olive oil
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl whisk together the mint, lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon, salt and pepper until completely emulsified.

Toss the strawberries, green peas and cucumber with dressing and serve immediately.