February 13, 2012

Blueberry Fields Forever Salad

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"Strawberry Fields" was an excellent tune, all time favorite to my father and I, but when I saw this recipe... I knew blueberries fields would be a #1 hit.

Get it... hit! 

Haha, I kill myself.
I had one of my girlfriends over the other night (another Army wife) to catch up over a little din din and some vino.

She had just gotten back from a two week vacation in Chile and brought over some of the most delicious wine I have ever had. It was fabulous.
She also knows my routine so before we could dig in to our steak and this fresh salad for dinner, I had to take a couple of pic's to ensure I could share it with all of you. She's good like that.
So the funny part about this salad is that in reading the ingredients I knew this would be delicious. Fresh blueberries laying over a bed of spinach blend with toasted pecans and blue cheese {which by the way is always amazing in salads} but when I whisked together the dressing, that blueberry vinaigrette, I knew this would be the tie in bringing this whole salad together.

It was perfect, and even the leftovers of the vinaigrette are going to be perfect for lunch salads.
Winter, Spring, summer or fall... if you can get your hands on some fresh blueberries {without paying a fortune off peak season} then I would highly recommend throwing them in this blueberry haven of a salad. Pairs perfectly with a nice steak or grilled chicken, or you can have it all by it's lonesome... it's that good.

Blueberry Fields Salad

1 cup roasted pecans
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup blueberry preserves
1/3 cup olive oil
2 (5.5-oz.) packages spring greens and baby spinach mix
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 small red onion, halved and sliced
1 cup crumbled blue cheese

Heat pecans in a small skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.

Whisk together balsamic vinegar, next 2 ingredients, and salt and freshly ground pepper to taste in a small bowl. Combine walnuts, spinach mix, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with desired amount of vinaigrette, and toss to combine. Serve immediately with remaining vinaigrette.

Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño
Recipe adopted by Southern Living



Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers said...

The salad looks so refreshing and wonderful!!!

Carrie said...

YUM, I do a similar salad with strawberries and goat cheese. I love the idea of blueberries. Looks amazing!!

Magic of Spice said...

What a gorgeous salad, and these blueberries look amazing :)

Dee Hurter said...

Such a beautiful salad! We love blueberries over here and we throw them in everything. I'll have to try this one. Happy Valentines Day!