Quick and easy farmers market vegetable recipes

You will be happy you did after tasting some of these quick and easy recipes made from seasonal veggies.

Why not take a side trip from your typical supermarket shopping and visit your local farmers market or roadside stands to obtain the freshest produce? You will be happy you did after tasting some of these quick and easy recipes made from seasonal veggies. Some don’t even need cooking!

Lettuce wrap tacos

Treat your best amiga to a quick lunch before going out shopping. These tacos don’t require any cooking, making this super easy to put together.

You will need:

  • Lettuce leaves
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lemon
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen (thawed) or canned corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican mixed cheeses
  • 1/2 cup salsa

What you do:

  1. Stir together the beans, corn, diced tomato, chopped avocado, two tablespoons snipped cilantro, one tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and chili powder in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Take a washed lettuce leaf and place 1/4 cup of the bean mixture into the center. This mixture is enough for eight lettuce leaves.
  3. Top the lettuce tacos with shredded cheese and salsa.
  4. If you are making tacos, fold the sides of the lettuce over the filling. If you want to make a lettuce burrito, roll the leaf to enclose the filling, tucking the ends inside. You can secure either bundle with a decorative toothpick.

Cold marinated salad

Gather fresh ingredients from your local farmers market and put together this colorful and savory salad for lunch or dinner.

You will need:

  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
    • Cucumber
      • Red bell pepper
        • Yellow bell pepper
          • Red onion
            • Fresh basil
              • Shredded cheese blend
              • What you do:

                1. Begin to put together your salad by cutting the tomatoes in half, cutting the cucumber in chunks, chopping the red and yellow pepper (you will need 1/4 cup of each), dicing the onion (1/4 cup), and adding 1/4 cup finely chopped basil.
                2. Pour on vinaigrette dressing that you have made yourself or purchased from the supermarket. Toss the salad and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes before serving.
                3. Before serving this salad, spread a generous layer of shredded Italian blend cheese or mozzarella on top.
                4. Veggie fajitas

                  The traditional fajita is a tortilla filled with sizzling steak, onions, and peppers. Why not trade this recipe for one filled with farm fresh veggies?

                  You will need:

                  • Bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, or green)
                    • Onions
                      • Carrots
                        • Zucchini
                          • Yellow squash
                          • What you do:

                            1. Clean and prep the vegetables in thin slices.
                            2. Heat a tablespoon or two of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
                            3. Sauté the vegetables until tender. Add a little salt and pepper.
                            4. Warm the tortillas in the microwave or oven.
                            5. Fill each tortilla with a generous amount of sautéed vegetables.
                            6. Set out dishes with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.
                            7. Invite everyone to add the topping(s) of their choice on their fajita.
                            8. Lemony green beans with almonds

                              Gather a bunch of fresh green beans at the outdoor market. At home, steam the beans and place them in a serving bowl. Add a small amount of grated lemon peel along with a squirt or two of lemon juice. Sprinkle on toasted slivered almonds for a delicious side dish.

                              You will find a variety of seasonal vegetables at your local farmers market. Use these to prepare delicious salads, side dishes and entrees. Don’t forget about making egg omelets and tuck some sautéed fresh veggies inside for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Feel good about eating healthy and local!