Farmers Carl’s top 3 early Summer salad suggestions / by Carl Freeman

Ok, it’s time to impress people with your super ethical shopping choices during the busy period.

Luckily eating local also means you will likely have the best tasting salad on the table and something to talk about when you’re avoiding politics and religion around the table. Who knows, you could even convert someone into the fold of the Farmers Market as you discuss the benefits of buying local!

Here are Farmer Carl’s top 3 early Summer salad suggestions to get your culinary imagination salivating in time for the Pre-Christmas Farmers Market on the 23rd December.

Orange and Baby Fennel Flavour Bomb


  • 4 oranges, peeled and cut into segments

  • 1 bunch small fennel bulbs, trimmed, very finely sliced

  • 1 bunch spring onions, very finely sliced on an angle

  • 1/4 cup loosely packed Continental parsley leaves


  • 100 mls olive oil

  • 80 mls (1/3 cup) fresh orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard

  • Salt & ground black pepper

HOW: Toss the orange segments with the fennel and spring onions in a bowl to combine. Then pour over the dressing. And you’re done! You can add nuts (walnuts or pecans, yum!) and raisins if you want to, or just keep it simple.

Caesar Salad Stripped Bare


  • 2 large Cos lettuce, leaves separated, torn

  • 3 quartered hard-boiled egg or poached eggs

  • 50g parmesan cheese, shaved

  • Balsamic vinegar and olive oil

  • Cracked pepper on top.

HOW: Did you get the memo? Traditional Caesar salad is passe. But Farmers Carl’s version will impress with it’s elagant simplicity.

Beetroot and Feta Bloody Salad


  • 2 bunch beetroot, cut into into bite size bits

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 100gg feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn

  • Extra virgin olive oil, to serve.

HOW: Boil the beetroot with a bit of vinegar in the water. Let it cool down then just mix everything through. Garnish with mint leaves and extra virgin olive oil. Nom!


Enjoy! Hope to see you all at the Farmers Market on Sunday, just in time for Christmas feast preparation.

9-12 on Currie Street. Every Sunday!