Simple Salad with Blueberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

How to make a simple salad of greens, blueberries, blue cheese, walnuts and a creamy homemade dressing. Jump to the Simple Salad with Blueberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts or read on to see our tips for making it.

Simple Salad with Blueberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

I know that buying the store-bought bottle of salad dressing is easy, but making your own dressing at home makes a better salad in the end. You get to control the acid and salt. I really love my oil to acid ratio — whether it is lemon or vinegar — to be higher on the acid side of things. That lets us add lots of extras to our salads like blue cheese and nuts without the salad feeling heavy.

For this salad, we go for a slightly sweetened creamy dressing. The acid is still kept high, but we balance it out a bit with some sour cream and strawberry jam. We’ve used jam before for homemade dressing — see our homemade strawberry balsamic dressing recipe.

As for the salad ingredients, you can add or take away what you like. I love crumbled cheese in salads — especially blue cheese, goat cheese or feta. The walnuts are nice and add a buttery crunch. You could always add some protein to this. Roasted shrimp or pan roasted chicken breast would be excellent.

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Recipe updated, originally posted January 2010. Since posting this in 2010, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Simple Salad with Blueberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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When it comes to the dressing, make sure you taste along the way. We love our dressings on the acidic side, but if that’s too much for you, add a bit more sour cream, jam or olive oil.

Makes 2 servings

You Will Need

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon strawberry jam

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

4 cups baby lettuce leaves

1/2 cup blueberries

1/3 cup walnut halves, lightly toasted

1 ounce blue cheese, crumbled

Directions

    Toast walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking frequently, until fragrant, browned, and not burned.

    In a large bowl, whisk the sour cream, red wine vinegar, olive oil, mustard and jam together. Taste and season with salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Pour out about half of the dressing into a small bowl. Add lettuce, blueberries, walnuts and the cheese to the large bowl and gently toss. Add more dressing as needed.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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4 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Erin January 27, 2010, 2:25 pm

    New Jersey actually produces a surprisingly large amount of good produce. Not something you’d expect, but their corn is particularly delish.

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    • inspiredtaste January 27, 2010, 2:27 pm

      Great comment Erin, we were really happy with the blueberries and we always try to choose food that does not have to travel too far to get to us. I wish we could go to a market every time we shop, but unfortunately in January that is a bit difficult where we live.

      By the way, now we are craving corn 🙂 with Old Bay…it’s a MD thing

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  • Jessica January 27, 2010, 10:39 am

    Where are you finding blueberries this time of year? Lucky!

    Looks like you had fun in Vegas. Having lived there for 18 years, I don’t see the appeal, but I must admit that Blue Man Group is awesome. 🙂

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    • inspiredtaste January 27, 2010, 10:49 am

      Hi Jessica, We found our blueberries in our local Giant. We had a choice of blueberries from somewhere in South America (I think Chile, but may be wrong) and New Jersey of all places…New Jersey is closer, so we bought them and they were really nice.

      Our trip to Las Vegas was a few years ago, it was our college graduation trip.

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