Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Sexy Side of Blueberries: Arugula, Baby Spinach and Blueberry Summertime Salad

arugula, baby spinach, and blueberry salad

Moms and grandmas love blueberries. Think about it. Doesn't your family have cherished recipes for blueberry pie and blueberry muffins? What about blueberry cobbler and frosted blueberry sweet rolls?

Why are blueberries so beloved? It could be their association with lazy summer days, Fourth of July cookouts, or time spent baking in grandma's cozy kitchen. Whatever it is, blueberries are sweet and easy-going, like the girl next door.

But like the proverbial librarian who lets down her hair, blueberries can also be sexy. That's right. Sprinkle plump, juicy summertime blueberries on peppery wild arugula or watercress for a stylish salad. Top crostini with warm goat cheese, fresh blueberries, and rosemary for a sleek summertime appetizer. Add them to a martini made with blueberry vodka for a sophisticated summertime cocktail.

So while they're in season, explore the sexy side of blueberries. Just don't tell grandma. She wouldn't approve.

Arugula, Baby Spinach and Blueberry Summertime Salad 
Makes 4 servings
Print recipe only here.

4 cups arugula
4 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup blueberries

1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
Zest of 1/2 lemon (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2-3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Place arugula, spinach, and blueberries in a large bowl.

2. Whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over salad, and gently toss. Divide evenly among four plates.

Here are some variations for this salad you might enjoy:
Top with a filet of roasted salmon.
Top with chili-lime shrimp.
Top with slices of grilled chicken and fresh watermelon chunks.
Sprinkle with crumbled goat or blue cheese and toasted pecans.

You might also enjoy these wild summer salad recipes:
Arugula Pesto Potato Salad recipe from Food Blogga
Tropical Fruit Salad with Peppery Arugula and Pickled Shallots recipe from YumSugar
Wild Purslane Salad with Cucumber & Summer Tomatoes recipe from Family Style Food
Wild Arugula, Cantaloupe, and Watermelon Salad with Prosciutto and Blue Cheese recipe from Food Blogga
Strawberry Walnut Salad with Fried Goat Cheese and Orange Blossom Honey Dressing recipe from The Bites Site