Friday, September 12, 2008

Berry Patch Salad

I hit the berry patch again today. My hands are purple, I have a farmer's tan - guaranteed to keep me in turtlenecks for months to come - and there are two flats of berries on the table that need my attention really soon. I'm going to freeze most of them, but plan to use the remainder in a wonderful end-of-summer salad. The salad was originally a throw-together, but it worked so well that I decided to formalize the recipe.

Blueberry Cream Dressing:

3 tablespoons blueberry vinegar
1/3 cup light sour cream
3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1) Place vinegar, sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and cinnamon in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.
2) Cover and refrigerate. Yield: 3/4 cup.

Blueberry Salad

6 cups assorted salad greens, rinsed, drained and dried
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup feta cheese
1 cup cubed chicken or turkey (optional)
1/2 cup candied walnuts

1) Tear lettuce into bite size pieces. Add to salad bowl. Add berries, cheese and chicken or turkey (if using). Toss to combine. Sprinkle with candied walnuts.
2) Pass salad dressing at the table. Yield: 4 servings.

Blueberry Vinegar Ingredients: 2 cups unseasoned rice wine vinegar, 3 cups blueberries, washed and stemmed Directions: Mash the blueberries. Scrape into a 1-quart mason jar; add vinegar and shake to mix. Let sit at room temperature for 2 to 5 days. Strain and pour into a sterilized bottle. Seal. Store in pantry. Yield: 3 cups.

Candied Walnuts Ingredients: 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup toasted walnuts Directions: Coat a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Melt sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add pepper, salt and walnuts; stir with a spoon until walnuts are coated. Transfer nuts to pan; cool and break into pieces. Yield: 1/2 cup.


Anonymous said...

I love, love blueberries. Your salad looks terrific.

Anonymous said...

I just drank a blueberry smoothie. I know blueberries are so good for you. I've never had them in a salad, though. I'm going to have to try it soon.

Patsyk said...

What a pretty salad! I love getting fresh berries and freezing so I can enjoy when they are not so readily available.

glynda said...

Mary, I have never seen blueberry vinegar. Is it store bought or home made.

Salad looks wonderful and I do love salads, each and every day!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Hi Glynda,

I make my own blueberry vinegar, but
you can buy it online and it usually can be found in gourmet stores. It's really simple to make, but it requires a few days to mellow before it can be used.

Martha said...

Mary -- I have always admired your food and the variety of your recipes. This salad is a favorite of mine but I've not done that dressing -- it's on my list of "need to tries".


Mary Bergfeld said...


I'm so glad you stopped by. I'll try not to disappoint.

Prudy said...

I absolutely adore salads with fruit and candied vinegar. The dressing also sounds wonderful.

Prudy said...

I absolutely adore salads with fruit and candied vinegar. The dressing also sounds wonderful.

Becky said...

Mary, this salad dressing looks delicious. I've got some blueberry vinegar in the refrigerator and will try to get the dressing made this week.

Your blog looks great, btw. I'm glad to get to see your recipes again.


Mary Bergfeld said...


It's so good to hear from you. I've included your blog in my link list. Take care now!

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