Sunday, August 15

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


Rosemary@Sprigs of Rosemary said...

Thanks for sharing . . I love finding new ways to use bluberries. I recently made a blueberry and corn salad that was scrumptious. I hope you have more savory (and sexy) blueberry dishes to share.

GF Gidget said...

Blueberries are ALWAYS sexy in my book!

Joanne said...

I adore blueberries and so I fully intend to be one of those mothers and grandmothers with tried and true recipes. One of which is going to be this salad. Yeah. I'll be wild and crazy like that.

Serena said...

I love argula and with blueberries! Wow, now that is some sexy eats.

Maria said...

Sexy is right! I love this salad!

Paula -bell'alimento said...

Blueberries are sexy! Love this salad!

Maggie said...

This salad dressing is what really caught my eye. Sounds ideal!

Christine said...

Your salad is quite beautiful and I love the suggestions too. Blueberries are finally getting ripe in my garden and I go out everyday and graze. Consequently, they never make it into a recipe. I would have enough for a blueberry martini, though.

Brilynn said...

I keep seeing fresh blueberries on all the blogs and am cursing that I'm currently in the wrong hemisphere and stuck with the frozen variety!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

rosemary-Oh, that sounds lovely! I'll have to try that.

GF-I like you! ;)

joanne-WIld and crazy grandma. You go!


maria-Oh, yeah!


maggie-It's delicious. I use it on all kinds of salads.

christine-Martini. Smart woman.

brilynn-Just think what you'll have to look forward to!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This is just about the sexiest salad I've seen in a long time. I'm really loving it. This needs to appear on my dinner table ASAP!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

tastyeatsathome-Yes, it does! Thanks!

The Food Hunter said...

What a great salad.

Anonymous said...

I have been meaning to tell you that I made this salad for some dinner guests last week. (My mom who reads your blog sent it to me.) What a huge hit it was! I used fresh picked blueberries which made all the difference. I'll definately be using this recipe again. Thanks, Food Blogga!