Friday, July 27, 2012

Sweet Summer Salad with Blackberries & Raspberries

One of my favorite things about summer is the fresh fruit and veggies.  I love making fruit salads to pair with a grilled entree.  Here is a fruit salad recipe that you must try.

Summer Berry Fruit Salad
- 1 package of raspberries
- 1 package of blackberries
- 1 package of strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 TBSP cider vinegar
- 1/2 TBSP honey
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Salt and pepper, lightly flavored

Rinse and drain all the berries.  Slice the strawberries.  Combine all into a medium size bowl.  Drizzle with cider vinegar.  Season with the spices.  Gently fold all ingredients together.  Some of the raspberries will fall apart and add extra juice to the salad.  Serve and enjoy.

There are other ways to enjoy fruit that doesn't involve co-mingling other fruits.  I'm a big fan of smashing food groups together in a salad.  Lettuce, tomato and cucumber are too predictable.  Sometimes you have to liven it up a bit with peppered bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, or edamame.

Last week, I wanted to do something with our raspberries and blackberries.  Since I am not a baker... the only logical solution was to throw it on a regular salad.

Give this salad a try, you might be surprised...

Summer Salad with Blue Cheese
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/2 blackberries
- Chopped lettuce of your choosing
- 1 stick of smoked string cheese
- Blue cheese dressing
- Salt and pepper

Drain the fruits and veggies.  Cut the string cheese into bite size pieces.  Combine and enjoy.

You can incorporate your own favorite ingredients.  This salad would also be great with sliced almonds or walnuts to add some crunch.

After eating the salad, I noticed that the blue cheese dressing had a "wheat" warning under the nutritional information.  Although "traces of wheat" won't harm me, I probably won't be using this dressing again.  If you are looking for a dressing that isn't store bought, try my Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe (found at the bottom of the post - written before my gluten free days).  It will pair very nicely with the berries and smoked cheese.

Hope you all are having a great summer!  Take care, readers.

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