Healthy Farmers Market Recipes: Eat Well, Support Local
Orange-Simmered Pork Chops with Mango Relish
Blushing mangoes—packed with vitamins—join pineapple and banana peppers in one flirty summer relish. If you can find some of these fresh fruits at your local farmers market, take advantage and use them to put a tropical twist on traditional pork chops. Enjoy this protein-packed dinner for just 360 calories per serving.
Citrus-Marinated Fish Tacos
Prepare yourself: You're about to look forward to eating a healthy recipe. These spicy-cool citrus fish tacos get their street cred from farmers market ingredients: Oranges, jalapeños, honey, and cucumbers. Add it to your list of summer recipes to try after a trip to your local market.
Grilled Blackberries and Ice Cream
Never underestimate the power of vitamin-packed blackberries. Take your carton from tart to sweet with a quick toss on the grill, then spoon them over a scoop of froyo for your new fave patio treat. Trust us, this healthy farmers market dessert is much better than anything you'll find at the ice cream shop.
Baked Delicata Egg Cups with Crispy Herbed Crumbs
Farmers market finds aren't limited to summer recipes. When the leaves start to turn, keep an eye out for delicata squash at your local market to make this twist on a stuffed pepper. Once you scoop out the squash's center, it's the perfect size for filling with eggs and baking for a healthy fall dinner.
Succotash Salad with Buttermilk-Avocado Dressing
This hearty salad is a celebration of succotash, a corn-and-bean Southern side dish. Find the fresh corn, beans, greens, and avocado for this satisfying salad at your local farmers market. Once you get them home, add a few other ingredients like bacon and grilled chicken to make it a healthy meal.
Watermelon triangles are so last summer. Turn the low-cal fruit into a sweet-as-ever salsa recipe featuring green onions and juiced lime. Three ingredients, 13 calories per serving, and a whole dose of deliciousness for spooning over grilled meat or scooping up with chips.
Green Beans and Olives
Indulge in a bowl of green bliss, and for only 67 calories per serving. Crisp beans, crunchy shallots, and savory olives—this healthy salad will make you fall in love with eating your veggies. Once you're hooked, you can make it year-round with ingredients from the grocery store, but nothing quite compares to using farmers market vegetables.
Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach
As if the sweet pepper shell in this hearty dinner recipe weren't healthful enough, the quinoa-spinach filling is loaded with protein and nutrients. Mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, and onion also find a home in these stuffed peppers. You can make this farmers market recipe just a little indulgent by topping each one with melty Monterey Jack cheese.
Carrot and Zucchini Bars
Good-for-you carrots, zucchini, raisins, and walnuts hide underneath a mouthwatering layer of citrus cream cheese frosting in these carrot cake bars. The secret to moist and fluffy bars is to make sure the carrots are finely grated by hand. Tastewise, you'll hardly notice the role they play in this healthy farmers market dessert.
Mile-High Turkey-Vegetable Burgers
Grilled burgers are a great place to stash a cache of fresh veggies from the farmers market. We're not just talking toppings, either: Our turkey burger features green sweet peppers and mushrooms mixed into each patty. Then you pile on the farmers market veggies even more by adding spinach, cucumber slices, and red onion to your bun.
Transform sweet, ripe raspberries into an icy-cold, healthy treat. Bonus: The light dessert is surprisingly easy to make. While you'll have to be patient and wait for this fresh dessert recipe to freeze, it only takes five ingredients and three steps to make.
Lighten this family favorite by swapping starchy noodles with vitamin-filled slices of green zucchini. You'll get the full-bodied flavor of the classic Italian dish with fewer carbs and calories. Plus, you'll be able to highlight some of your freshly picked farmers market zucchini!
Heirloom Tomato and Green Bean Salad
You'll tell by just one glance that this fresh salad recipe is brimming with farmers market favorites—just look at all those colorful veggies. As the name suggests, heirloom tomatoes and green beans share the starring role, but we also mixed in jicama, fresh mint, and parsley. Once you add Israeli couscous to the mix, this fresh recipe is ready to claim the title of best summer salad ever.
Fresh farmers market watermelon, a splash of liquor, and a hint of lime juice make this 150-calorie libation the perfect summer drink. Since watermelon is the star of this summer cocktail, make sure you pick the best one at the market.
Roasted Radishes with Chive Vinaigrette
Roasting fresh-from-the-garden radishes brings a mellow sweetness to the usually peppery veggies. This easy farmers market side dish will entice even the radish-adverse to try their veggies. Just don't forget the homemade chive vinaigrette for a tantalizing tang.
Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Manchego Fricos
Fricos, meaning "little trifles" in Italian, are lacy wafers made from cheese that's cooked until crisp. Toss the easy-to-make wafers with fresh strawberries and arugula for a delicious, bright, and easy dinner salad. If you want to serve this farmers market recipe as a main meal, add some grilled chicken or steak on top for a boost of protein.
French Garden Soup with Cheese Croutons
This light and lovely dish is our take on soupe au pistou—a French broth-base soup recipe that's loaded with fresh vegetables. Our version replaces a topping of basil pesto with breaded feta cheese croutons. Either way you make it, fresh farmers market vegetables add the brightest, boldest flavors.
Spice- and Honey-Roasted Carrots
Hearty Vegetable Cacciatore
Don't stress about picking up all the veggies you need for this recipe at the market. The beauty of this vegetarian farmers market recipe is that you can use any combo of veggies you have on hand. Pick up your favorites at the farmers market, then turn them into a delicious veggie soup with just a few additions like white wine and frozen beans.
Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad
We paired fried green tomatoes with seared pork and fresh greens to create a tasty summer salad. A drizzle of sweet-and-sour sauce and a crumbling of blue cheese finish the easy recipe. This farmers market salad is a far cry from limp lettuce and bottled salad dressing!
The crisp texture and refreshing flavor of cucumber make a summery addition to sangria. Mixing white wine with carbonated water keeps calories low while adding a bit of bubbly sparkle to this naturally sweet cocktail. When it's all mixed up, this fresh pitcher cocktail tastes a little bit like a mix between bubbly cucumber water and light sangria.
Charred Corn with Poblanos and Feta
Charring fresh farmers market corn on the grill is already a guaranteed-delicious summer recipe. You can take it a step further by cutting it off the cob and stirring the grilled kernels in with juicy cherry tomatoes, tangy red onion, and spicy jalapeño chile peppers. Bring this summer side dish to a potluck, and it'll be the first to disappear.
Five-Berry Compote with Mint and Orange Infusion
Infuse a market-fresh medley of berries and cherries with orange tea, white wine, and pomegranate juice for a nutrient-rich dessert perfect for warm days. This mix of healthy farmers market berries is tasty enough to eat on its own, but you could also spoon it over ice cream or a slice of pound cake.
Butter Lettuce and Spring Pea Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Packed with fresh ingredients—peas, dill weed, endive, and butterhead lettuce—this delicious salad is the quintessential healthy farmers market recipe. A mustard-dill vinaigrette brings loads of sharp, tangy flavor. You'll probably have the best luck finding all your farmers market ingredients for this recipe in the spring, so keep this salad in mind for a spring side dish.
Grilled Chicken with Lemon-Cucumber Relish
Let fresh cucumbers and tomatoes shine in a lemony relish that tops our easy seasoned chicken breasts. Pull it all together with a simple, slightly sweet Greek yogurt sauce to complete the healthy dinner recipe. If you want to bring even more farmers market freshness to your table, try serving with berries or a fresh fruit salad on the side.
Quinoa-Nectarine Gazpacho with Crispy Spiced Tortilla Strips
Ginger beer and pineapple juice mingle with fresh fruits and veggies in this quinoa-filled soup. It offers an amazing blend of textures and flavors—sweet from the nectarines, spicy from the jalapeño, creamy from the avocado, and crunchy from the cucumbers—for a light and fresh summer soup. The quinoa has enough protein to make this soup recipe a satisfying dinner, but it's not too heavy to enjoy in hot weather.
Grilled Arugula Bruschetta
Try our fresh take on classic Italian bruschetta by switching out its usual tomato topping for an arugula-pesto version. Mozzarella cheese and garlic complement the light peppery flavor of this green. If you love traditional tomato bruschetta, you can pick up most of the ingredients for it at the farmers market while you're there and make a couple versions!
Grilled Turkey Gyros
Go Greek! Lighten up traditional gyros with whole wheat pita rounds, grilled turkey, bright tomatoes, and a homemade cucumber-yogurt sauce. You'll get the great taste of this classic wrap in a healthier way, and you'll be able to feature your farmers markets produce.
Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad
Put a Mediterranean spin on your local farmers market ingredients. Pick up fresh shelling and wax beans, red onion, parsley, and mint at the market, then stir them together with a simple Mediterranean-inspired vinaigrette. Adding a few crumbles of feta cheese on top gives this herb-filled recipe some salty indulgence.