Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What's Cooking Wednesday - Surprise Salad

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As I've mentioned in other posts, I love salads. I have a salad for lunch most days of the week. I put all kinds of things in my salads and that's how they don't get boring.

For today's recipe, I'm posting one of my favorite summertime salads. This really isn't "in season" yet, but I got some beautiful greens as part of my Tantre share from last week, and there were Georgia blueberries on sale at the market, and Georgia isn't as far away as some places... so I splurged.

So, for when the summer heat picks up, I give you my Summer Salad with Blueberries and Goat Cheese:

Jen's Summer Salad with Blueberries and Goat Cheese


For the salad:
2 large handfuls of spring/summer greens, rinsed and dried
5 large radishes, sliced
1 1/2 cups blueberries
2 oz. of soft goat cheese, preferably peppered goat cheese
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the dressing:
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 TBS thick fruit vinegar or a good balsamic vinegar (I used a blackberry-balsamic mix)
4 large, fresh, mint leaves, chopped fine, or 1 tsp dried
a pinch of Kosher salt
more pepper to taste


1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and let sit, while you wash and prep the salad ingredients.
2. Toss together the greens, radishes and blueberries.
3. Grind pepper over the salad and toss with the vinaigrette.
4. Crumble the goat cheese over the top.

Enjoy with a nice glass of sweetish white wine, like a Riesling.


glamah16 said...

Oh my what a gorgeous salad. I like!

Jen said...

It's really refreshing. I love it!

Mae Travels said...

What a great photo!

Renaedujour said...

Oh, that looks so good. Yum!

Jen said...

Thanks, Mae. I'm learning the trick of taking umpteen photos for each shot that I want. It's helping. ;-)

Thanks, Renae! I'll be over to see your concoction soon.

Flower Child said...

what a great use of blueberries beyond the usual pie which makes my waistline just a wee too big

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Great use of ingredients Jen. Nice touch with the blueberries.

janey jay said...


I'm so going to try this -- with a riesling or my favorite, a gewurztraminer.

Anonymous said...

OMG. That looks delicious!

Núria said...

Hola Jen :D. I like the title: Surprise salad! There's nothing better during summer heat than salads... yours is wonderful... and needs no time in front of the heat. Perfect :D

Goofball said...

oh wow wow wow, that must be a fabulous salad to eat!

It makes my sandwich which I have to eat now for lunch so dull and uninteresting.

Korie said...

This sounds awesome! Blueberries can be hard to find here but I saw some in Delhaize the other day. Sounds great for when it stops raining and we can eat in the garden.

cathouse teri said...


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I would definitely enjoy this sald with its hint of blueberry in the dressing even:D

Jen said...

Peter and Flower Child - that's why "Surprise Salad" - blueberries are really a natural with fresh greens, though, especially slightly bitter greens.

Jane - Gewurtztraminer is a great idea, too!

Thanks, Amy!

I agree, Nuria. Salads in the summer and soups in the winter - a perfect balance!

Well, make some salad next time, Goofball! I bring sandwiches often when I'm teaching, too, because they're easier to bring. Sigh.

Lilac, I think raspberries or other berries would work well here, too.

Thanks, Teri!

Ooooo, Val, what a good idea - you could muddle some berries into the dressing.

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Fruit and cheese in salad with a basic vinaigrette is definitely one of my faves; I used to always get a grilled chicken with melon (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew) with a raspberry vinaigrette for lunch *all the time* in Philly. Sooooooo good :)

Man I miss blueberries :(

Jen said...

The grilled chicken and cantaloupe sounds wonderful! My DH is allergic to all melon. It's a shame.

I'd miss blueberries, too. Probably more than any other American food.

anno said...

oh my! I want one now! Yum!

Momisodes said...

Wow! That looks so crisp and delicious! :) My mouth is watering just looking at that pic.

Jen said...

Anno, you might have all those ingredients soon, right?

Sandy, it really is light and delicious!

Thistlemoon said...

That sounds fantabulous, Jen! I love salads too, and I agree you can change them up so much that they never get boring!

Jen said...

It's one of my favorite combinations, Jenn. Really fresh-tasting.

Alex Elliot said...

This is the exact type of recipe I'm always looking for because I love eating salads but get bored with the same ones so quickly. Off to forward this to a friend of mine !

Jen said...

Enjoy, Alex! BTW... I often forgo the vinaigrette entirely and still love it!

painted maypole said...

oh, yum.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Jen, What a refreshing salad to eat on a hot and humid day! light and packed with flavor!

Jen said...

That's what I love about it, Proud!

PM - thanks!