I LOVE FARMERS MARKETS. There, I said it. Who out there relates?! There is something about the fresh fruits and vegetables at my fingertips, the energy in the air, and the hustle and bustle of people and vendors that always excites me about the farmers market. This past weekend my family and I went to the Minneapolis Farmers Market and I came home with a bag full of fruits and veggies ready to be eaten. Here are some yummy produce waiting to be bought.
I also love that there is so much more than just food at the market, such as flowers, meat, popcorn, and other things. My mom caught my baby girl Gianna and I on camera as we looked at some flowers. I was actually trying to keep Gianna from eating the petals!
My kids always beg to buy a watermelon, but because watermelons are so big I feel like we tend to have too much in the fridge. Even after cutting it up and eating it as much throughout the day as possible I always end up with extra that eventually goes bad. Last week in my Top 5 I had talked about a recipe for Watermelon and Feta Salad from Hi Sugarplum that I tried and truly loved. This week, after the farmers market, I wanted to figure out a way to use up more watermelon, but also incorporate some of the other veggies we had purchased at the market. I simply added some cucumber to the watermelon and feta, as well as mint and onions. Still healthy, still using up the watermelon, and so tasty.
Ingredients for watermelon, feta, and cucumber salad:
- 2 whole cucumbers, seeded and cubed
- 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
- 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 medium onion (red onion would be better, but I only had a white onion on hand)
- 1 Tbsp mint, thinly sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
Honestly, I just tossed everything into a bowl, stirred it up, and that was it! I’m sure there is a better way to prepare it but for me the simplicity of just throwing it into the bowl is what made it perfect for me.
As you can see from the pictures I am a bit heavy-handed on the pepper. So good!
YUM! The sweetness of the watermelon went so well with the saltiness of the feta, and the cucumber added some great crunch as well. This watermelon, cucumber, and feta salad and my summer black bean salad will definitely be in constant rotation on our dinner table this summer.
I’m weird though in that with every bite I have to have one piece of each ingredient meaning each bite has a piece of watermelon, a piece of cucumber, etc. I think it makes every bite perfect (my husband would say it means it will take me too long to eat!).
Will you be trying this watermelon, feta, and cucumber salad after your next farmers market? What healthy side dishes are you putting out on your table during the summer? What are your favorite things to purchase at the farmers market?