July 24, 2013

Blackberry Vinaigrette


I can't believe July is already almost over.  I wish I could freeze time.  I do not want this warm weather to end.  The thought of another long, cold and dreary winter makes me sad.  Last week we had several days with temps in the 90's.....this morning I had to turn the heat on in the car to warm my toes from the 55 degree morning chill.  Amazing how the temps can change so quickly up here!  Another reason to freeze time - my son just turned 15 and is about to get his learner's permit, which I just cannot wrap my head around.  The thought of him driving someday, without me in the car, is terrifying!  Trying hard to not think about that yet though.....live in the moment right?  Ok.....big sigh.

As I've mentioned in the past, I make my own salad dressing 99% of the time.  I have a few favorites that I stick to, but since it's summer I decided to search for something different.  Somehow I ended up on a site where she used a blackberry vinaigrette for the salad she was making, and I thought "Perfect!"  I already had blackberries on hand so I set out to make it.  I have to say, I really enjoyed this dressing.  Such a wonderful way to eat/utilize fruit that's in season.  Loved it - thank you to whomever!  I forgot to write down the site I got the recipe from, but I did end up altering the original recipe anyway.  Here's how I made it:


Blackberry Vinaigrette

1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp stone ground mustard
1/2 tsp garlic, chopped
1 tbsp agave nectar 
1/2 cup olive oil 
Salt & Pepper

In a blender or food processor add the blackberries, vinegar, mustard, garlic and agave.  Blend until smooth, then slowly add the olive oil, blending until smooth again.  Strain mixture through a strainer to remove all the seeds.  Add a little salt and pepper to taste.  If you want it sweeter, add a little more agave. 


9 comments:

  1. Thanks - this is exactly what I have been looking for. Just picked about 5 cups of blackberries (way out here on the west coast of Canada)and I want to use them up in a healthy way. Perfect. Love your site. And yes, long live Summer!

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    1. Thank you for commenting - hope you love it!

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  2. This is an awesome way to use up some of the wild blackberries harvested from our backyard. I'm allergic to garlic so I had to leave that out and I substituted raw honey for the agave. Getting ready to make this for the second time. I think I'll try adding some chipotle peppers this time. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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    1. What a great idea! So glad you are enjoying the recipe - thanks for commenting!

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  3. This was so simple and very tasty. My kids wanted to eat it by the spoonful. I used frozen blackberries which made it a bit thicker.

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  4. this was very easy and very yummy. I used blueberries, strawberries an grapes along with theveryone blackberries. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Can it be stored? How long will it last in the fridge or freezer? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, 5-7 days in the fridge. Enjoy!

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