The word “harvest” always brings images of bright yellow ears of corn to my mind. The kernelled cob seems to be the perfect symbol of late summer and a bountiful harvest season so it only makes sense that it would make a perfect foundation for an organic harvest salad.
September is Organic Harvest Month and there are many ways you can celebrate this month and carry on that celebration through the rest of the year.
Enjoy local produce. Shopping at your local farmers’ market will help you get the freshest food possible. Most farmers’ markets sell more than just fruits and vegetables, so if you shop around you may find a unique local item you can’t find at your grocery store!
Check out Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). You can buy shares at a local farm, which helps financially support the farmers and gives you access to fresh produce, meats, cheeses and many other organic foods.
Go organic one step at a time. You can begin with organic produce, specifically the fruits and veggies known to be the "dirtiest." Gradually you can begin to switch to organic meat, cheese and even non-food items like organic cotton.
Try this organic harvest corn salad highlighting some of this season’s freshest produce to celebrate the end of Organic Harvest Month, the beginning of fall and another season of healthy eating!
- 3-4 ears fresh organic corn, grilled and husked
- 5 cups fresh organic baby spinach
- 3 organic tomatoes, quartered and then halved
- 4-5 organic scallions, white and green parts chopped
- 1 cup artichoke hearts
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ tablespoon shallot, minced
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary, chopped
- Salt and pepper
Combine the first five ingredients in a serving bowl. Mix the olive oil through rosemary in a separate bowl, whisking until all the ingredients come together. Pour over the veggies, sprinkle salt and pepper to taste and mix. Serve with grilled chicken or fish and enjoy!
Plus! Interested in learning more? Check out 5 Easy Ways to Go Organic from this The New York Times blog.