Food Fashion and Flow: Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad   

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad

There is something special about colorful salads with the crunch of nuts, the sweet burst of berries and the smooth tangy hint of  goat cheese.  This salad is full of antioxidants from the berries and generous mix of salad greens such as spinach, arugula and red leaf lettuce. 

The nuts add a nice crunchiness and a little protein. It is salads like this that make clean eating quite enjoyable and satisfying.  This is super easy to make and super tasty and absolutely perfect for entertaining or enjoying on those lazy days of summer when it is too  hot to cook.

This can be in your mouth right now

What could be better than the sweetness of blackberries and the tang of goat cheese

A little temptation. Ready to have some salad?


Salad Dressing

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Minced Shallots
1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
1 Pint Fresh Blackberries (you will need additional Blackberries to top the salad)
1/2 cup Tarragon Vinegar (or whatever vinegar you have on hand)
1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped mint
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad Ingredients

Mixed Salad Greens
1/2 cup Walnuts roughly chopped
2 ounces crumbled Goat Cheese
1/2 cup Blackberries

To make the Salad Dressing:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and the shallots and saute until translucent. Add the blackberries and continue cooking for a couple of minutes. Add the vinegars and continue cooking until reduced by half (about 20 seconds) Remove from heat . Put in Blender with Honey, mint, salt and pepper. Add olive oil a little at a time through feeder until emulsified. Strain through a sieve into a clean bowl. Refrigerate until completely cool.

To Prepare Salad 

Toss washed and dried salad greens and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Lightly toss with dressing or put individual portions on plate and drizzle with the dressing.

 Bon Appetit!


Charmaine Sylvia said...

This looks absolutely divine cant wait to try this

Monica said...

You are so right - a good salad, with lots of different textures and good flavor, makes clean eating enjoyable and satisfying. This salad doesn't fits the bill.

LV said...

@Monica, this is a delicious salad that can be modified to a low carb diet by omitting honey from the dressing and as you know, berries of all kinds are very low on the glycemic index. It is a matter of preference and I have yet to make this for someone and they didn't enjoy it. So for us, it fits the bill:-)

Sarah said...

Wow this salad looks amazing! Will definitely have to try it. Thank you for the lovely comment by the way, hope to see you again soon xx

angiejenkins2011 said...

I really love salads and I am usually picky about anything with fruit in it, but this is a really great looking salad and your photography is on point. Definitely magazine worthy. Those Blackberries look so plump and juicy.

Lavender and Lime ( said...

Those blackberries look amazing and I am sure taste even better!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Holy cow what gorgeous photos! I want to eat it but before that I'm going to pin it :)

Emmy said...

Another yummo salad. Thanks for sharing, LV.:) I've always loved nuts in them coz they do add that crunchiness.

victory said...

When I was at the farmer's market, I bought some goat cheese. After seeing this, I wish I had bought some blackberries!

cecylia said...

wow your salad looks so delicious and nutritious- LOVE the berries! I can't wait to try this!

Melinda W. said...

i literally love all the ingredients in this salad. such a good idea, it will definitely be at my next meal! said...

I've done this salad but without the goat cheese, so now I'm going to add that to the mix. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

Kat asecondglance said...

Mmmm! Blackberries in our fridge usually disappear into B's mouth before I can do anything else with them ;) This salad looks terrific. A nice spin on it would be to caramelize the nuts beforehand.

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