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.
This type of salad can be made with YOUR favorite fixings if you wish.
Summer Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0
Ingredients (4 servings)
- Bag of spring salad mix
- spicy or sugar pecans crushed
- goat cheese (I used honey flavor)
- red onions
- 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
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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I really had fun taking pictures (obviously!) Just so colorful!