Farm Market Pasta Salad

This salad is the perfect salad for celebrating the best of the harvest.  It uses vegetables fresh from the farmers market, roasted  and tossed with orecchietta pasta and basil drizzled with a fresh lemon balsamic vinaigrette.  This pasta salad is versatile and pairs well with any meal, or it can be a meal all on its own!

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If you live in the midwest you’ll know what I mean when I say “ya gotta get while the gettin’s good”, and right now the gettin’ is good at the farmers market, but in another week or so it’s going to winding down really fast.  I get this panicked feeling this time of year,  like this is going to be my last good tomato for eight whole months!! So I buy a whole bushel and make myself sick on them!  Or I’m never going to have another peach again!!  Insert high pitched scream. The basil is nearly done…full on panic mode…beans, beans, need to get more beans.  If you happen to run into me at the farmers market I might look like a crazed vegetable addict.  My market basket full to the brim, my kids dragging behind me carrying melons, and pumpkins, and bags and bags of apples in every variety.  I’m a vegi/fruit hoarder.

 

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I confess.

I have absolutely no control over my spending at the farmers market.  Oh and it’s so hard for me to pass a farmer by…unless they are selling avocados and bananas.  Because you see there is nary a farm in Michigan that grows avocados and bananas, this is not local stuff, they think they’re fooling people but they are not fooling this chick.

I was not born yesterday…or the day before for that matter.  I can pass them by with a clear conscience.

So the moral of this story is that I often come home with more than enough, and I have to get creative with how I use it all so nothing goes to waste.  That’s what I love about this salad!  You can use any and all vegetables, the odds and ends from your vegetable drawer, it all works in this salad.

 

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Feel free to make it your own.  Just remember that when you roast the vegetables they shrink down.  Start with about 8 cups or more of fresh vegetables cut into inch sized chunks.

 

 

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This sounds like a lot, but once you cut up a couple of peppers, and a zucchini, summer squash, onion and so on before you know it you’ll have a bowl full of vegetables to roast.  You can use more vegetables if you want don’t let me hold you back!

 

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DSCN4032Then there is the situation with the sunflowers and every other flower farmer at the market…I want one of each and all 5 buckets of sunflowers please.  I love flowers, fresh bright flowers.  Kenny are you reading this?  hint hint.

Will you visit your farmers market this weekend?  What can’t you resist?

Much Luv! Sheila

 

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  1. 1
    Carrie :

    Yum yum yum!! Was just at the Farmers Market yesterday. The mums — oh the mums!! All the brilliant fall colors were amazing. I love the mums like you love the sunflowers. It may also be because my daughter calls them “mommas.” :)
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    I do the same thing!! I bought 20 lb of tomatoes on Wednesday and even though had a busy week, somehow managed to put up 8 quarts of sauce. We got snow yesterday so my guess is our market is going to be pretty bare next week :(
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    Sheila, I’m looking forward to trying your Lemon Balsamic dressing. I don’t have a recipe quite like that. Mmmmm.
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    I just bought sunflowers and veggies last week at the farmer’s market and told Tim we’ve gotta go this week….. several stands told us things would quickly be winding down now. AGGGHHHH!!!! I love the seasons but I so miss the produce in the cold months. PS ~ Your pasta salad looks divine ma’am. :-)
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      Sheila :

      Thanks so much! I’m hoping to make one last good haul from the farmers market this week….might me slim pickens tho! ; )

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    I love this salad Sheila! All those roasted veggies tossed together… *siiigh*!! So pretty and colorful!
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    I don’t want the Farmer’s Market season to end either!! But until then, I want to eat buckets of this pasta salad!! Gorgeous!

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    Kristen Vanlaecke :

    Okay, I’m sold! I will be making this salad for my sister and her family this weekend!!!

  8. 8

    I made your Farm Market Pasta Salad for dinner tonight and it was possibly the best thing that we have ever had! Thanks so much for sharing it….

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      Sheila :

      You are very welcome! My husbands office loves it when I make this salad for them, it’s gone in minutes. Thanks for stopping by! XO Sheila

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