Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the power of farmers markets to drive economic and community health in the region. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
November 10 until March 9, Thursday Market is operating within its Winter Hours of 3-6 pm to accommodate the end of Daylight Saving.
Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad
Ring in spring with this easy and light green bean and cherry tomato salad from Smitten Kitchen. This recipe will really show off the fresh flavors of your market produce, including green beans from Indian Springs and cherry tomatoes from Tomotts Cajun Farm or Cajun Growers. For a bonus kick of flavor, add some fresh herbs, like basil, oregano, or sage.
- 1 pound green beans, though if you can find a mix of green and yellow beans, it will be all the prettier
- 1 pound cherry tomatoes
- 1 large shallot
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Basil or other herbs (optional)
Prepare the vegetables: Top and tail the beans and cut them into large segments. Parboil the beans in salted water until just tender, about four to five minutes. Drain and immediately spread them out to cool. Stem the cherry tomatoes and cut them in half.
Make the vinaigrette: Peel and mince the shallot and put it in a bowl with the vinegar and salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. Taste and adjust the balance with more vinegar, oil, or salt, as needed. Toss the cherry tomatoes in with the vinaigrette; this can sit for a while. Do not add the green beans until just before serving or they will discolor from the acid in the vinaigrette. For variety, the salad can be garnished with basil or some other fresh herb such as parsley, chervil or hyssop.
Do ahead: Beans and vegetables can be prepared ahead of time. Simply toss with the dressing only at the last minute, as it can discolor the green beans after several hours.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts 70+ local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.