SO. I’ve been talking about my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in which I have a share with my pilates instructor and we started getting the goods a few weeks ago! Until sometime in November, we will get fresh, organic, seasonal and healthy fruits and vegetables from a local farm. Mmmmmm.
Because my work with clients has its foundation in wellness and healthy/affordable eats, I am going to be including recipes from time to time of what I’ve made with the goods so you can follow along with your own farmer’s market purchases or CSA. As we talk about often, career changes are tough and are loaded with ups and downs, so having the right healthy basics down that work for you will keep you grounded in times of uncertainty.
Anywho, at the beginning of the season we get a LOT of lettuce, so I’ll try to be creative with my salad-making at the beginning here while we wait for heirloom tomatoes (EEE!!), summer squash and more. And bear in mind, I am not a wellness practitioner, so this isn’t meant to be dietary advice or advice for various conditions. I’m merely putting out there recipes that are seasonal and fresh and TASTE GOOD! I do not count calories (except when they’re screaming down at me from the Chipotle menu- thanks NYC!) so I have no idea on any of that.
image courtesy of Allrecipes.com (I failed to snap a picture and they had a close-ish recipe!)
-1 head of CSA romaine lettuce
-1 bunch of CSA spinach leaves
-1/2 cup of diced red onion (not in season for CSA yet, so purchased elsewhere)
-1 package of CSA strawberries
-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
-1 tablespoon of olive oil
-1/2 tablespoon of grain mustard, or to taste (binds the oil & vinegar)
Most strawberry salads have sugary dressings which are DELICIOUS, but full of sugar. Since the strawberries already have natural sugar, I leave it at that and instead opt for a more neutral dressing. If the mixture of balsamic and strawberries isn’t your jam, you can just opt for a light olive oil dressing.
Mix all that jazz together and enjoy! If you’re an almond fan, a great way to get some added potassium and protein is to throw a few in or better yet, toast them and toss ’em in!
If you have variations of this, please do share in the comments below! And I promise to take pics of my own creations from here on out!