A Summer Chopped Salad: Farmers’ Market Style

This simple summer chopped salad will brighten your table and your taste buds, using the best of summer farmers' market produce in an easy, fast, and healthy dish.

In the blazing heat of summer, recipes that use seasonal produce in a simple way and require no heat source are sure to keep home cooks happy. This simple summer chopped salad, that I ate daily on a recent trip to Israel, checks off all of those boxes — fresh , readily available produce , easy prep , and no stove or oven required .

This simple summer chopped salad will brighten your table and your taste buds, using the best of summer farmers' market produce in an easy, fast, and healthy dish.

Farmers’ markets are overflowing with tomatoes of all shapes and sizes right now — dry-farmed, cherry, heirloom, beefsteak, plum, and so many more. You’ll also find various cucumber varieties springing up including Persian, Armenian, and Lemon. Cucumber provides crunch and texture in this chopped salad and the tomatoes provide color and fabulous flavor.

This simple summer chopped salad will brighten your table and your taste buds, using the best of summer farmers' market produce in an easy, fast, and healthy dish.

In this video, filmed and edited by Rosie Samuel Photography, I show you the most basic version with tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Other crunchy veggies catch your eye at the market? No problem – this chopped salad will bend to your personal whim with ease. Variations abound – add radishes, kohlrabi, other herbs such as mint, dill, or cilantro. Want the chopped salad to accompany Taco Tuesday? Use corn, avocado, lime juice, and cilantro. And you’ll end up with something similar to this corn salad I posted in 2012.

Maybe this salad should really be called the versatile simple summer chopped salad.

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This simple summer chopped salad will brighten your table and your taste buds, using the best of summer farmers' market produce in an easy, fast, and healthy dish.
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Simple Summer Chopped Salad

This is the most basic version of this salad but part of its beauty is that you can change it to match your family's taste buds, your meal, or what’s in your refrigerator. For example, change the lemon to lime, the parsley to cilantro, add avocado and suddenly it has Mexican flavors. Need something more substantial? – add feta cheese or cotija cheese. Love radishes? Corn? Bell Peppers? All make great additions.

Course Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 51 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized Persian cucumbers about 12 ounces
  • 2 large tomatoes or about 40 cherry tomatoes or 4 -5 medium sized tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley or to taste
  • juice of one Meyer or regular lemon about 2 – 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetables 

    Peel the cucumbers if necessary. Chop the cucumber and tomatoes to a similar dice size. Chop the parsley. Slice the lemon in half for squeezing.

  2. Place the diced cucumber, tomatoes, and parsley in a salad bowl. 

  3. Squeeze the lemon to release its juice into a small bowl. Then add two tablespoons of the juice to the salad mixture. 

  4. Then add the extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. 

  5. Mix well with a big spoon or your own clean hands. 

  6. Taste. If you prefer more lemon, oil, salt, or pepper – adjust to your liking. This salad is all about what tastes good to you. Love lemon? – add some grated zest too for even more lemon punch.

This simple summer chopped salad will brighten your table and your taste buds, using the best of summer farmers' market produce in an easy, fast, and healthy dish.

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6 Responses to A Summer Chopped Salad: Farmers’ Market Style

  1. Rita August 12, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    The crunch of chopped salads has always appealed to me. It’s like a fruit salad, but with veggies. I’m going to toss some basil leaves into this too.

    • Beth Lee August 12, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      Oh yes – that would be perfection Rita.

  2. Deb|EastofEdenCooking August 13, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    Good to hear from you Beth! Summer is so wonderful and this chopped salad perfectly captures the essence of the season!

    • Beth Lee August 13, 2017 at 9:50 am #

      It’s good to be back Deb – it’s been a rough year but sharing food stories brings me joy. What’s happening in your kitchen and garden?

  3. Hannah August 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

    I’m so glad to see you back, Beth! I’ve missed you. Chopped salad really is a perfect summer staple – so many textures and fresh flavors. xoxo

    • Beth Lee August 14, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

      I bet you’ve made some great variations.

      It’s good to be back – hard, but good. Food brings me joy, even if it also makes me miss G so very much. And well, I need to get back to work. How is everything with you and the family?

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