Every time I go to a Farmers Market I wonder why I don’t go every week.  Yesterday was the perfect day for it.  The sun was shining, the air was fresh, I had a heap of small change and no other plans until Noon.  I gathered up my shopping bags and bribed my friend with promises of soy cappuccino and puppies, and we headed on down to get amongst it.


I need to prove myself to the Gardening Gods before I can be trusted with innocent plants like this, but how gorgeous are they?


The bounty!  Fresh, crunchy and delicious.


And my favourite way to enjoy it: Easy Roast Vegetable & Pepita Salad with Balsamic Dressing.



Sometimes the simple things are the best.

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C.
  2. Chop vegetables (potato, sweet potato, red onion, baby carrot, capsicum, etc) into small pieces and place in a large baking dish.  Toss in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle with pepitas and roast for about 45 minutes.
  3. Assemble salad vegetables (lettuce, cucumber, snow peas, grape tomatoes, mushroom, etc) on plates.
  4. Top with roasted vegetables and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  5. Enjoy!  xx


15 Comments on Farmers’ Market Roast Vegetable & Pepita Salad

  1. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    August 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm (12 years ago)

    Beautiful Bex! You’re right, when it comes to fresh produce, simple is the best 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      August 27, 2012 at 8:28 am (12 years ago)

      It sure is! I tried to find some fresh basil as well but they were all out. Next time. 🙂

  2. Bec
    August 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm (12 years ago)

    WOW! That looks awesome! 🙂 you made me hungry

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      August 27, 2012 at 8:28 am (12 years ago)

      haha, mission accomplished then! 😉

  3. Annette @ Wellness WA
    August 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm (12 years ago)

    YUM, my housemate just made a total bounty of roasted veggies with rosemary and olive oil. Sooooo good.

    And I totally hear you on the “every time I go to a farmers market I wonder why I don’t go every week”!

    If I miss a few weeks I’m always kicking myself.


    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      August 27, 2012 at 8:30 am (12 years ago)

      Oh YUM, what a great housemate! 🙂 The weather was perfect for it on Saturday, wasn’t it? Hoping to get along to a few more as we get more sunshine. xx

  4. Annie
    August 27, 2012 at 3:20 am (12 years ago)

    Looks terrif! What a bounty of produce.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      August 27, 2012 at 8:31 am (12 years ago)

      It was a huge success 🙂 and so much cheaper (and fresher) than the supermarket.

  5. Sophie
    August 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm (12 years ago)

    Lovely produce! 🙂 What a tasty roasted oven dish! I would add some spice to it, like smoked paprika or cumin powder! Yum!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      August 28, 2012 at 8:54 am (12 years ago)

      Ooh, that sounds fantastic! Or even some rosemary or other herbs. You really can’t beat fresh veggies. 🙂

  6. Kristy
    August 29, 2012 at 5:12 am (12 years ago)

    Roasting veggies is my favorite way to enjoy them. This salad looks phenomenal! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      August 29, 2012 at 8:25 am (12 years ago)

      It was soooo fresh and delicious!

  7. Tracey Livingston, TLC Retreat
    October 21, 2012 at 10:08 am (12 years ago)

    Oh wow! I can almost taste your salad through the interwebs. It looks SO yummy and nothing beats fresh picked vegies.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      October 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm (12 years ago)

      Absolutely! I just love the smell of super fresh fruit and veggies from the markets. Nothing beats it. 🙂

  8. AlexanderHarvey
    October 27, 2012 at 3:27 am (12 years ago)

    looks like a very hearty salad 🙂