Freshen up your taste buds after a cold winter season with the lighter, more fragrant aroma of springtime vegetables starting to appear at local farmers markets. The freshest way to prepare these delicious ingredients? Their original state — where they can remain cool and crisp and full of appetite-taunting natural flavors. If you didn’t think a salad could be a mouth-watering experience, think again. This simple spring farmers market salad brings together all of your favorite chopped vegetables, accented by a delicious, delicate and tangy lemon poppy seed dressing. We think your Military Family deserves it and is sure to love eating this salad as much as we love looking at all the pretty springtime colors in it!

Spring Farmer’s Market Salad



1 medium-sized head of your favorite lettuce, torn or chopped
2 medium-sized tomatoes, seeded and diced
4 ears corn on the cob, sliced off the cob
1/2 medium-sized red onion, diced
1 medium-sized avocado, diced
1 medium-sized bell pepper, diced

Optional Ingredients:
1 medium-sized jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/2-cup cilantro, finely chopped
3/4-cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Final touch: Highlight the flavors with a simple lemon poppy seed dressing (recipe below).

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing



1/2-cup extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 Tbsp finely minced onion
1-1/2 tsp Dijon or honey mustard
2 tsp grated lemon rind
2-1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2-tsp poppy seeds

Optional Ingredients:
Salt and pepper, to taste


Whisk ingredients together in small bowl until well blended. Chill for at least one hour before use. Can be stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Enjoy! And then let us know what you think by commenting below.

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