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Recipe From The Illinois Farmers Market Association

Summer Celebration Salad

Dale A. Hazlewood, Illinois Farmers Market Association vice president, says, “This quick and easy salad is a colorful showcase of fresh farmers’ market produce and is perfect for any summertime celebration.”

6 cups multicolor cherry and grape tomatoes, halved (about 2 qts)

4 cups multicolor sweet peppers, coarsely chopped (about 3)

4 cups small cucumbers, thinly sliced (about 6)

2 cups green onions, chopped (1 bunch)

1 cup radishes, thinly sliced (1 bunch)

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

½ cup fresh basil, chopped

1 cup white wine or rice vinegar

½ cup sugar

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp white pepper

Visit a local farmers’ market at open to ensure the best selection of produce. Choose colorful varieties of tomatoes, peppers and radishes.

Substitute any fresh produce, as this simple dressing works well with almost everything. Prep all the produce and herbs and toss together in a large bowl.

In a quart jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the vinegar, sugar and seasonings and shake until sugar is dissolved.

Pour dressing over vegetable mixture and stir gently.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

The Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA), supports local food and food systems by giving Illinois farmers’ markets and producers access to resources, education and connections in order to grow healthier and economically vibrant communities. For more information, visit