Last Saturday, I went to the Sustainable Food Center’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. They have the best selection of produce and it’s great to actually meet the people who work to make food available to me. I went around buying dandelion greens from Johnson’s Backyard Garden and cantaloupe and watermelon from Two Happy Children without really having any idea of how I was going to use them.
Let’s be honest. I do not know my way around a kitchen. I didn’t grow up cooking, so I don’t have a good sense of estimation when it comes to purchasing food, nor do I have a good sense of flavor combinations. Still, today I turned a mixture of random items I found in my fridge (including the market produce) into a green smoothie and it was delicious! Winning!
I tossed these items into the Vita-Mix with my fingers crossed:
1 cup dinosaur kale
2 cups dandelion greens (from Johnson’s Backyard Garden)
1/2 cup cilantro
1 medium cucumber, with peel
1/2 giant cantaloupe (from Two Happy Children)
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cups water
The result? It was a watery, but refreshing green smoothie! The cantaloupe was so sweet and juicy; I can’t remember having one that tasted as perfect in a very long time. Farmers’ Markets are definitely the place to get the best produce. Local fruits and veggies always have the best flavor and taste matters so much when drinking green smoothies! The combination worked well in this recipe, and I credit the local produce with the refreshing taste.
However, I think both the cucumber and cantaloupe contain so much water on their own that my addition of the 2 cups of water was unnecessary. Next time, I’ll use only 1 cup or perhaps none at all. More experimenting. Still, this recipe is a winner! Who knows? Maybe I’ll be good at this some day! I can hear you laughing! You know who you are!
Try it out and let me know what you think! ¡Provecho!