This leafy green salad is studded with gorgeous summer blueberries, then drizzled with a creamy blueberry basil vinaigrette.
It’s a salad that tastes as light and refreshing as it looks, and with blueberries at the peak of their season here in Seattle, I’m going to take advantage of every berry I can get my hands on.
The blueberries at Seattle’s farmers markets are incredible this time of year. Each berry is succulent and sweet – perfect for healthy snacking by the handfuls.
With fragrant basil in abundance too, the two seemed like a winning combination for a vinaigrette, so I packed them into my Magic Bullet with a drizzle of olive oil, Dijon mustard and rice vinegar. A quick whirl and my vinaigrette was ready to go.
As I looked at my salad, I could see it needed a little crunch, so a handful of salty pepitas ended up in the bowl, along with a sprinkle of shredded parmesan and slender slices of spicy red onion.
I might have gone a bit overboard with the blueberries, but can you blame me? With just a few weeks left before I resort to frozen organic berries, I need to get my fill!
Before I leave you today, I want to congratulate Marcia Goss, the winner of last week’s Ball Canning Giveaway. I know you’ll enjoy your canning jars as much as I do!
Leafy Green Salad with Blueberries and Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
- 2 cups blueberries, divided
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 8 large fresh basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 pinch salt
- 6 cups salad greens
- 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 tablespoons pepitas
- 8 tablespoons parmesan cheese, shredded
- Combine 1 cup blueberries, mustard, olive oil, vinegar, basil leaves, water and a pinch of salt in a blender and blend well. If vinaigrette is thicker than desired, at water by the tablespoon full.
- Divide greens amongst 4 salad plates, then top with blueberries, pepitas, and parmesan cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette.
Food energy: 204kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 5
Saturated fatty acids: 3.40g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 7.18g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 2.63g
Total fat: 13.21g
Calories from fat: 118
Carbohydrate, by difference: 15.14g
Total dietary fiber: 3.19g
Total lipid (fat): 13.83g
Total sugars: 9.06g
Looking for a sweeter treat? How about these sweet banana crepes with fresh blueberries and greek yogurt?
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