There’s something energizing about walking through the produce section of your grocery store or the local farmers market. The salads are full of vibrant colors, and those fresh fruits and vegetables not only fuel your body during the dog days of summer, but they can also help you beat the heat in the kitchen.
Hot temperatures take a toll on all of us, including animals. To ensure that pigs, cows and poultry stay comfortable all summer long, most farmers keep them in well-ventilated, climate-controlled barns. They stay clean and safe because they’re protected from predators and pests. With their animals calm in their barns, farmers also monitor their diets and ensure each one eats the right blend of nutrients. Soybean meal is part of that mix and provides the protein punch to help them grow healthy and strong.
Did you know there are more than 50 farmers markets in South Dakota? Find one near you or head to your local grocery store to stock up on some fresh produce. Pair it with chopped ham, chicken, eggs and a homemade vinaigrette for a dynamic cobb salad that harnesses the vibrant energy of the summer months.
Cobb Salad With Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tbsp honey
- salt and pepper
Summer Cobb Salad
- 1 head Romaine Lettuce chopped
- 1/2 Red Onion sliced
- 2 hard-boiled eggs sliced
- 1 grilled chicken breast cubed
- 1/2 cup White Cheddar Cheese cubed
- sunflower seeds and candied walnuts
Apple cider vinaigrette
- Whisk ingredients together and place in fridge to chill.
Summer Cobb Salad
- Chop romaine lettuce.
- Slice, cube and chop all ingredients as listed.
- Toss together with lettuce.
- Sprinkle sunflower seeds and candied walnuts.
- Drizzle dressing onto salad.