Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summer Salad-Blackberry Vinaigrette GYCO



Summer Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

Today is reveal day for Get Your Chef On with the ingredient of blackberries - I had a real tough time trying to decide what to make - there were so many ideas floating around in my head.  Instead of sheep one night I was counting blackberries - LOL.



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Well, as you can tell from above, I decided to go with a summer salad with lots of yummy ingredients and a vinaigrette made from the blackberries.  I just love salads and this combo worked perfectly!  One of my favorite things to do is roll a scoop of goat cheese in crushed pecans - usually I buy the sugared ones from Trader Joe's and this time I opted for their sweet and spicy ones - they did not disappoint!  The mild flavor of the goat cheese with the pecans along with the dressing made for a tasty salad.

Blackberry Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

This type of salad can be made with YOUR favorite fixings if you wish.

Summer Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0
Ingredients (4 servings)
    Salad
    • Bag of spring salad mix
    • spicy or sugar pecans crushed
    • goat cheese (I used honey flavor)
    • red onions
    • strawberries
    • blackberries
    Vinaigrette
    • 1 ½ cups blackberries (fresh)
    • 3 Tbl white balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp stone ground mustard
    • 1 tsp minced shallot
    • 1 1/2 Tbl honey
    • S&P to taste
    Instructions
    1. Scoop and roll into small balls the goat cheese and roll in crushed pecans – refrigerate until needed
    2. In a blender add the vinegar, mustard, shallots and blackberries for 30 seconds.
    3. Add the oil in the blender slowly to combine
    4. You must strain the mixture in a mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Adjust seasonings with S&P. If you would like it sweeter, add a bit more honey.
    5. Assemble the salad on a plate topped with the red onions, strawberries, blackberries and the goat cheese balls.
    6. Drizzle over the salad – either room temp or chilled.
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    Summer Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

    I really had fun taking pictures (obviously!)  Just so colorful!

    Summer Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

    Enjoy!

    29 comments:

    1. Deb, this salad looks absolutely fresh and delicious - wow, blackberry vinaigrette sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing this great salad inspiration - pinning and buffering! Have a happy Tuesday!

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    2. Yum! Blackberry vinaigrette sounds fab and that salad looks like I could just take a bite!!

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    3. This salad is gorgeous!!! I love the combination of the blackberries and the goat cheese (in pecans!!!). Such a wonderful salad!

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    4. This looks fabulous, Deb! I love the salad and the vinaigrette. And those strawberries look amazing. :)

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    5. This looks fabulous, Deb! I love the salad and the vinaigrette. And those strawberries look amazing. :)

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    6. This looks SO amazing - and your pictures are so good they make me want to cry - LOL. I am so excited we are getting a Trader Joes here. I MUST try goat cheese rolled in pecans… holy YUM. Great job, Deb - this was a fun challenge!
      xoxo

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    7. Deb,
      That salad looks incredible! I'm stopping by from Marvelous Mondays - your photos rock. I love the idea of rolling the goats cheese in the nuts - it looks awesome and I bet it's super tasty, too!
      - Ang
      www.jugglingactmama.com

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    8. Too funny that we both made salads for the blackberry challenge! I was going to make a pie, but it was too hot to bake. Salad fit better with the temperatures! I love the goat cheese topping. Nice pictures too!

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    9. Oh my Word! Girlfriend...yum oh yum! Summer Salad...yes please!

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    10. This is beautiful. Almost too pretty to,eat. :-). Thanks for sharing.

      Linda @Tumbleweed Contessa

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    11. I love blackberry vinaigrette, this looks really good. Great photos too :)

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    12. this looks delicious! saw you on my recipe magic hope you follow me there and on my blog! ) http://myrecipemagic.com/dashboard/recipes and http://europeancutie.blogspot.com/

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    13. this looks delicious! saw you on my recipe magic hope you follow me there and on my blog! ) http://myrecipemagic.com/dashboard/recipes and http://europeancutie.blogspot.com/

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    14. this looks so pretty ! love the photos.

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    15. Hi Deb first of all beautiful photography and then...what a killer dressing! I;m starting to harvest our blackberries and this gives me a great idea on how to use them! thanks for sharing. Pinning to my Easy to be Green board!

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    16. I do like the idea of the goat cheese and nuts--yummy. This looks like the perfect summer salad--it is going on the menu. Beautiful photos Deb.

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    17. I love berry dressings and this one looks really good! I would love for you to stop by and link it up with me this week!

      http://www.livingbettertogether.com

      Rebecca

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    18. We just had a Whole Foods open down the road from Trader Joes. I loved the produce at Whole foods but I love the prices and the interesting items you find at Trader Joes. Thanks for sharing a seasonally tasty salad with us on foodie friday.

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    19. We've featured this recipe today on Wonderful Food Wednesday and pinned it to our group board - it looks absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing.

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    20. We've featured this recipe today on Wonderful Food Wednesday and pinned it to our group board - it looks absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing.

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    21. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I can't wait to see what you link up next week! I hope to see you at the (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/
      Have a terrific week!
      Hugs, Cathy

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    22. Deb, those pictures are absolutely gorgeous! The salad looks and sounds delicious :)

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    23. Saw this on the better baker and just wanted to stop by and say this looks and sounds delicious! Definitely inspiration to make a beautiful and healthy salad. Love the blackberry vinaigrette and goat cheese rolled in pecans!

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    24. Blackberry Vinaigrette sounds delicious on a salad! Love this!

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    25. I somehow missed this one the first time around, so I'm glad you were featured on Cooking with Curls to get my attention! I LOVE those little goat cheese balls! What a pretty and clever idea. These salads are so symmetrical and colorful, absolutely gorgeous. I'm subscribing via email right now so I stop missing posts :)

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    26. I recently made some blackberry vinegar. This gives me an idea. Thanks so much!

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    27. I'm going to try making jam first, but then your dressing will be next. I do like the taste and order if a restraunt has it. More Importantly - your pictures are beautiful! I've grown up in a photo studio and been benind a camera most of my life (and I'm old) so I have a background and I think 'good taste' to offer the compliment. They look great - keep taking them.

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