Planning Dinner from the Garden Harvest – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#9)

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Do you need some ideas on what to make for dinner using fresh ingredients from the garden or from your CSA box? Than you are in the right place! Today I will be sharing several ideas to help you in planning dinner from the garden harvest!

Meal Planning and Garden Harvest

With our first real garden harvest picked just the other day, I was trying to figure out how to use it for dinner. As a result, I was inspired this week to share as my featured articles on today’s blog hop, other recipes shared in our Farm Fresh Tuesday’s blog hop that used farm fresh ingredients in a dinner recipe!

Having some recipes using your fresh homegrown veggies in your repertoire, will make summer meal planning simple and easy! Hopefully, the following ideas might help with your meal planning this summer!

Be sure to check out ALL the articles shared in our blog hop posts, to find more recipes shared throughout the summer using farm fresh produce. The best places to acquire in season veggies are from your own garden, a CSA box subscription or your local farmers market.

Before we get to those featured articles this week, I will share my recipe from the other night using my first real garden harvest this year!

Be sure to check out my article about how I track my Garden Harvest Tally each year!

Using in Season Ingredients for Dinner

first garden harvest kale swiss chard cucumbers bell peppers

Sunday I harvested what I would consider our first real harvest from the garden. This included kale, swiss chard, and our first cucumbers and bell peppers! I brought it all in the house washed it up and started planning dinner from the garden harvest.

With all the greens I had, I figured a salad would be a great option. We also had tomatoes, red onion and leftover pinto beans to work with. So I decided to whip up a Mexican themed salad and it was super delicous!

Now just a note, I am no food blogger! My food photo’s are not top notch. In fact, I didn’t even think to share this recipe on the blog, until after I had a few bites! So I snapped a photo of my bowl, and thankfully still had extra kale and swiss chard to wash and put away, so I photographed those shots after I ate dinner!

I will be making this again though, and will update this post with better photo’s soon!

Mexican Kale Salad

I decided to make a Mexican Kale Salad and it turned out really well. Everyone in our house loved it! So here is how I made it.

mexican kale salad


  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped swiss chard
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped kale
  •  2 TBSN’s dice red onion
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 small bell pepper diced
  • 1 small cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 cup warmed up whole pinto beans
  • one handful of tortilla chips, crunched up
  • 4 TBSN’s OPA Avocado Cilantro Salad Dressing

Slice the spines out of the kale leaves and remove them and set them aside for the compost bucket.

slicing the spine out of a kale leaf

Stack all the kale leaves on top of each other, and cut them into 1″ pieces and add them to a salad spinner.

chopping kale leaves

Then cut swiss chard into 1″ squares, stems and all, and put them into the salad spinner.

chopped swiss chard and kale in salad spinner

Rinse the greens in the salad spinner well a couple of times and then spin to dry. Add the greens to a large bowl and squeeze 1/2 of a lime over the greens and toss well. Set this aside while working on the other ingredients. The acid in the lime helps soften up the kale.

Dice up a tomato and a bell pepper and add them to the bowl. Dice up some red onion and added about 2 TBSN’s to the bowl. Chop up one cucumber and add it to the bowl as well.

Warm up about a 1/2 cup of leftover pinto beans. Add the warm beans to the rest of the ingredients.

One of my new favorite salad dressings is this Avocado Cilantro dressing by OPA. I found it in the produce department in the refrigerated dressings section (I think I got it at Safeway? It might have been Fred Meyer’s or QFC though.…). I added about 4 TBSN’s to the salad bowl and tossed everything well.

bottle of OPA Avocado Cilantro salad dressing

Last, I took a handful of tortilla chips, crunched them up with my hand, and sprinkled them on top of the salad.

This made a wonderful really hearty meal for just one, or could easily be split into two smaller portions maybe to go with the Mexican Corn on the Cob recipe down below, one of my featured articles this week!

Other optional ingredients you could add to the salad are cheese, avocado or some corn nibblets, or if you like it hot, some jalapenos or Anaheim chili peppers.

Our Featured Posts This Week: Garden Harvest Dinner Recipes

If you are planning dinner from the garden harvest, or you have a CSA box subscription, or you just visited your local farmer’s market, these recipes will help you figure out how to use some of it! Remember to come back to our blog hop posts frequently, when doing your summer meal planning! There are always great recipes using fresh produce included!


cookie sheet with meatballs potatoes greenbeans text overlay Honey Balsmic Meatball Sheet Pan Dinner

Using potatoes and green beans: Honey Balsamic Meatball Sheet Pan Dinner from Of the Hearth

mexican corn on the cob

Using corn and cilantro: Mexcian Corn on the Cob from Comfort Spring Station

planning meals from a csa

Using kohlrabi, bok choi and broccoli from Planning Meals from a CSA from Nancy on the Homefront

Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop!

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Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some other awesome homesteading bloggers to host this awesome blog hop! Each Tuesday this blog hop opens for you to share your posts on gardening, herbalism, crafts, homesteading, food preservation.

Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! There is a link down below for you to click on to share your posts!

To Be Featured on the Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop:

Please remember, for a chance to be featured next week, PLEASE LINK TO OUR BLOG HOP in your post! It has been difficult to find articles that had followed thru with this the last few weeks!

Also, it helps to have your own featured image in your post, other than a pin! Especially in round up posts! Thank you!

Your Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Hosts Are:

Shelle from Rockin W Homestead

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 How to Improve Your Soil in 3 Steps by Shelle at Rockin W Homestead

Lisa from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

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AnneMarie from 15 Acre Homestead

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How to Design Your Perfect Homestead Garden by Annie at 15 Acre Homestead

And myself! I’m Tamara and I blog here at The Reid Homestead

Are You Ready to Start Preserving Your Harvest this Summer?

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Your Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop Hosts are all participating in a summer-long blogger roundup event, Preserving the Harvest! This round up, includes different ways of preserving 23 of the most popular fruits and vegetables!

Each blog post participating, lists all the other posts near the bottom of their post! Each post, focuses on one fruit or vegetable, and all the ways to preserve it!

I am sharing all about Preserving Green Beans! Some of my other food preservation posts include: freezing berries, roasting and freezing winter squash & pumpkin, and freezing tomatoes.

Check the list at the bottom of my post to see all the other fruits and vegetables and how to preserve them! You can find a ton of great recipes and preservation methods from our blogging friends in this round up!

Share Your Farm Fresh Posts This Week!

  • Homesteading, homemaking, sustainable and green ideas, DIY, healthy living, and self-reliance posts are all welcome. Share up to 4 family friendly posts.
  • You may share older posts with ‘in season’ information, but please don’t share the same posts each week!
  • If you share your posts in this party, you are giving permission for others to link to your posts….that’s a good thing because it helps get more eyes on your posts.
  • Check each host’s hop post to see if you were featured this week.
  • Be sure to link back to this blog hop so that we can feature you next week.
  • Visit some of the other posts and leave a comment…let them know you found them here!
  • Feel free to apply to our Farm Fresh Bloggers Roundup Page!
  • Please do not link to other blog hops, linky parties, or to giveaways in this homesteading hop. However, you may leave a comment below telling us about your blog hop or giveaway!
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Thank You!

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  1. Shannon | 9th Jul 19

    Thanks so much for featuring my meatball sheet pan dinner!
    Have a great week and thanks for hosting.

  2. Carol | 9th Jul 19

    Thanks for the feature – sorry you had trouble commenting on my blog.

  3. Laurie | 9th Jul 19

    Thanks for providing a great blog hop!

    Blessings, Laurie

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