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CSA Salad

CSA Farmers Market Salad

May as well just rename this blog “Sweets & Salads,” because that is what it has become.

I have to say you’re not the only one who’s noticed that I’ve been short on posting lately. Let’s just say that we’re in the final push to finish the photography for Book #2. And when each shot takes, on average, 3 hours, and leaves us with more than enough leftover food for lunch and dinner each day, not much time (or stomach space) is left for new recipes.

Soon. I promise.

This was another one of Taylor’s brilliant salads. The man has a knack, I tell you. A humble bundle of CSA veggies quickly become a masterpiece on a bed of greens. I sat down, took one look at this bowl (unstyled, mind you), and immediately grabbed my camera. My husband: the salad whisperer.

It’s got warm squash and carrots, fresh cucumber, and tomatoes so ripe they could burst. Top it with some freshly shaved parmesan and you have yourself one heck of a salad.

CSA Salad

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1 tablespoon olive oil
2 yellow squash, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
1 small cucumber, sliced
1 large tomato, chopped
4 cups arugula
freshly grated parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)

For Dressing:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon agave or honey
salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat a splash of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add squash and carrots and saute until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

For dressing, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, and agave until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Toss with arugula and divide among serving bowls. Top with sauteed squash and carrots, cucumber, tomato, and parmesan (if desired).

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  1. Sweets & Salads … Love it :-)

  2. A table full of taste and colour… Delicious

  3. It looks delicious!

  4. Looks like I have a simple salad idea for my next batch of CSA veggies :)

  5. Very summer salad! Yummy. ciao Marica

  6. What a man, prepping a crisp delicious salad! Fresh salads are a part of my daily life and yours looks delicious. Will have to try your sweet vinaigrette, yum!

  7. I remember helping Kelly pick up her CSA bag every Thursday and the fun we had deciding what to make with the bounty. This salad looks amazing and would be perfect for a summer dinner. XOXO

  8. I love all the veggies I’m this salad! I could eat this for dinner!

  9. Gorgeous salad – love the heirloom tomatoes!

  10. I’d sooo get my party on with this salad. Oh yeah.

  11. Love it! Sounds like my husband. : )

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