Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary

If I can get to our berries before our Catbirds do…

When the garden in starting to overflow with berries and zucchini and cucumbers, is when you start putting things into everything. Zucchini into bread, cucumbers into your infused water, and berries into your salad. It’s a race at my house to see who can collect the most berries from our small but productive blueberry bushes. Inevitably, the Catbirds always win.

While most people eat berries for breakfast as a colorful and nutrient packed addition to their cereal or oatmeal, I find myself putting berries into my salads with some frequency, especially in the summer months. Subliminally, I think our brain seeks out new ways to spice up our ordinary diets.

For example, in my pool side read the other day, the book was talking about having Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings. Just that very next meal, I found myself scanning the fridge for what ingredients I could possibly make into something to eat. Oddly, I happened to have some leftover cubes of roasted sweet potato and a bit of oven roasted turkey meat. While this may not be your cup of tea, let me tell you it was probably the best wrap I have ever concocted in my home kitchen. It was a whole wheat wrap with whipped cream cheese, fresh spinach, the leftover turkey, the roasted sweet potato, and for some added pop of color I added dried cranberries. The end result was magnificent. It was June, yet still delicious!

So, when your fridge is overflowing with blueberries, pop some into your salads! They are delicious, and so good for you too!

 

The salad pictured above is a Arugula and Spinach mix with tomatoes, sugared pecans, herbed goat cheese and blueberries. My homemade vinaigrette is below:

5 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
1 small garlic clove
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small lidded jar, and shake to combine. Let sit for at least 15 min or so to meld flavors at room temp.  Drizzle on salad just before serving!