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I shop at different farmer markets during the week, depending on my schedule, but I try to find new markets in various local towns nearby.   Sometimes I follow different vendors and get their schedule – which introduces me to new farmers and different varieties of fruit and vegetables.   I love meeting new farmers, they have so many delicious recipes and grow all kinds of interesting new varieties of fruit and vegetables.   I did try a leafy green this past weekend and it tasted, well like crap, and I spit it out like a five year old – it’s wasn’t for me but that’s what is so amazing about farmers markets.  They encourage you to take a bite of anything they are selling because chances are you will buy it once you taste how delicious it is.  Or in my case not all the time but I find out what I like that way.  Never know until you try it!

In Spring and Summer I like to make a variety of cold salads and have them on hand so I can grill a piece of fish or chicken to make a quick meal or just have a bowl of this salad over greens.

  • 3 Green Summer Zucchini
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers
  • 2 Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes – Handful – This variety is the Strawberry Cherry Tomato – excellent flavor
  • Parsley – Bunch
  • Red Onion – 1 Med
  • Lime – Half
  • Israeli Couscous
  • Olive Oil
  • Champagne Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper (sea salt and fresh ground pepper)

On med-heat, I saute the red onion (half) and the zucchini (chopped) in olive oil for about 5 mins, then add a handful of the parsley (chopped) and season with salt and pepper and set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the tomatoes (chopped), red onion (half), parsley (handful), cucumbers (chopped) with lime, olive oil and champagne vinegar – season with salt and pepper.

Prepare the Israeli Couscous according to the directions on the package – I buy the plain package with no seasoning.

Combine the cold tomato and cucumber salad with the sauteed zucchini mixture with the Israeli couscous.   Add more olive oil, champagne vinegar, lime, salt and pepper to taste.