I'm so happy that farmer's market season is here again in the Midwest. While some of you West and East coasters enjoy fresh produce year round, we suffer here during the winter solstice. With my new veg-dentity, I have located the best makets to visit. We have a large city farmer's market here in Kansas City, but I prefer to drive a bit farther to the Farmer's Community Market in Brookside. It's like they hand picked all the best farms, and omitted all the extra non-organic extra filler vendors that you may find at a larger market. It's so fun talking to local farmer's about what they like to do with this or that. I bought this lovely lettuce, some tomatoes, and the most beautiful new potatoes I'd ever seen. Did you know a new potato could be beautiful? Well, it most certainly can! My favorite vendor I met hooked me up with the part of the stem that grows out of the garlic to throw on the potatoes (I totally forgot what he called it. Do you know?) He almost tempted me to buy a turnip. I might try one next week :) Anyway, I needed to whip up a dressing for my salad. Here's one of my simple favorites:
- 3 T. Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 T. Dijon Mustard
- 1 Garlic clove minced
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Olive Oil
- Pinch of sugar (optional)
- Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
In a bowl, combine vinegar, garlic and mustard. Add the oil slowly while whisking briskly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I reduce the amount of olive oil for lower fat version, but if you like a richer dressing, go with all the olive oil. Enjoy your veggies!