I’d have a reallyyyy hard time answering if you asked me my favorite berry. But I think I could probably narrow it down to blueberries and blackberries. I think. Really, I don’t discriminate against any berries. That would just be rude and totally wrong. But there’s something about the semi-sweet, semi-tart flavor of blueberries and blackberries that make me extra happy. You know, kind of like Sour Patch Kids, which are one of the best candies in the world. They make you pucker just a little bit, but they’re still covered in little crystals of sugar. That’s how I feel about blackberries and blueberries. Except, you know, the fruits are actually 100% real and healthy. And um, a salad with Sour Patch Kids on it might be just a little odd. Though, you know me, I’d totally try that. At least it would be pretty… If not a little creepy.
I’ve been eating feta cheese on my lunch salads pretty much every day recently and began to dream about feta with blackberries. Mainly because I thought they’d be pretty together. But also because I knew the flavor combination could be out of this world. And I was correct. Most cheeses and fruits are pretty delectable together.
As with most salads, the portions you use are totally up to you. Toss in more blackberries if you want extra or use more feta for a bit for of a salty bite. You know what you like best!
Blackberry Feta Salad (serves 4):
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- 1 bunch arugula
- 1 C blackberries
- 1/3 C feta cheese
- 1/4 C fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 t lemon zest
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil
- 2 T honey
This is pretty much one of the simplest recipes ever, but I figure it’s Monday. And none of us can really handle too much right now. Or maybe it’s just me who can’t. Either way. We all need a little simplicity in our lives sometimes.
Basically, you’ll want to clean the arugula, tear it up a bit, and toss it in a bowl. Throw your blackberries in and then crumble the feta in, too.
Now, whip up the dressing. Simply mix together the lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, and honey.
Finally! I got to use my tiny whisk. Life goal= complete.
And drizzle the dressing over the salad.
I know. I told you this was a tough one. So much laborious time spent in the kitchen. Le sigh; it’s tough being a working housewife 😉
But seriously, this is a great salad to serve when entertaining, especially in these last days of summer. It takes about 5 minutes to make, it’s unique, and will look stunning on the table. What is it with me and pretty food, anyway? Plus, it will likely launch a conversation among your guests about how fabulous fruit and cheeses are together.
So, was the salad everything it was cracked up to be? Yup. In my opinion, everything went so well together and the flavors worked out together so perfectly.
I can only really describe them as a flavor explosion because that’s what they felt like. The arugula was sharp and peppery, the feta was creamy and salty, the blackberries were sweet and tart and the lemon honey dressing was sour and sweet.
Aside from throwing some meat in this here salad, what other flavor profile could there be? I’m pretty sure I caught them all.
It really does look like a sweet, innocent salad. But it packs a ridiculous punch.
The perfect summer side dish as we get ready to wave goodbye to summer for another year. Which I’m totally resisting, by the way. I’m still on a pumpkin boycott (can’t we all just wait until September at least??) and am seriously holding on to summer with every last fiber of my being. I’m OBSESSED with fall and actually love me a good old fashioned Boston winter (snow makes me giddy), but oh how I’ll miss summer dresses and open-toed shoes. Not to mention, I’m kind of dreading my walk to and from the T once the chilly air hits. If anyone has any advice on the best winter coat ever, let me know. I need to be warm, but still fashionable obvi. Also, I fear being too warm and passing out once I get on the T. Ah, city life.
Enough talk of winter for now. Go make this salad, enjoy it, and savor the summer sun a little bit longer.
How are you celebrating this unofficial last week of summer?