Sorry for my short hiatus. I was on an amazing adventure with the 8-Year-Old in California. I can’t wait to share more about our trip on my travel blog, but first I had to get back to my kitchen. After eating on the road for 5 days I was craving something light and homemade.
When I ran to the store to pick up supplies for Easter dinner, the blackberries were staring me in the face. I don’t normally pick them up but they looked so darn good!
Immediately I thought of a salad with baby greens and sunflower seeds. With a houseful of family here for the holiday, I decided to experiment on them.
The salad was a hit! Well, sort of. It apparently didn’t look appealing to any of the men. The only people to dig in were my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and me. We all enjoyed it on the side of our ravioli and fresh bread. It was the perfect addition for Easter Eve.
Here’s what I did…
- 12 oz package of fresh blackberries
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- Bag of baby greens
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seed ernels
Blend a handful of the blackberries (about 4 oz) with the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, oil, parsley and salt to make the dressing. Pour the puree in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, set aside and prepare the rest of the salad.
Pour the bag of greens in a large bowl, top with the remaining blackberries and sunflower seeds. Drizzle with a bit of the warm vinaigrette. I whisked in a splash of water first to thin it a bit.
I served the remaining dressing on the side as I hate overdressed salads. I’d much rather keep it light and let people add more to their own taste.
Oh! and in case you are wondering I wanted to try a bit of coconut oil in it for the sweetness. It did add a whole new dimension to the dressing. If you don’t have coconut oil, just double the olive oil. It will be fine.
Here’s the nutritional information if you eat 1/4 of the salad with a 1/4 of the dressing which is probably an overestimate as we had about half the dressing left even after the salad was gone. Still, it will give you at least a point of reference.
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|190||12g||7g||old: 4||new: 5|