Blueberry: Blueberry Salad with Blue Cheese

posted by Terrytx 08-14-102 6:41 AM

* Exported from MasterCook *
Blueberry Salad with Blue Cheese
Recipe By : Hoosier65
Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Salads
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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Blueberry Vinaigrette:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 T Blueberry-Basil Vinegar or Blueberry Vinegar
1 T lemon juice
1 T honey
1 tsp grainy mustard
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
dash of salt

1 1/2 cups blueberries
3 cups (lightly packed) watercress sprigs
3 cups (lightly packed) spinach
4 sups (lightly packed) fourmet salad greens or red leaf lettuce
1/3 cup blue cheese

To prepare the blueberry vinaigrette, combine the ingredients in a small jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well. Let stand at room temperature for up to 1 hour.

Place the blueberries in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Layer the watercress, spinach, and gourmet salad greens on top. Refrigerate, covered with a damp paper towel, for up to 4 hours.

To serve, sprinkle the blue cheese over the greens and toss thoroughly.

Blueberry Vinegar:
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup blueberries
1 T sugar
slice of orange or lemon
sprig of mint

In a small stainless steel saucepan over medium heat, warm the vinegar until hot. Add remaining ingredients. Crush the berries with the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat to cool. Cover and steep in a cool place 2-3 days.

Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and strain liquid into a sterilized jar. Discard the solids.

Blueberry-Basil Vinegar:
1 1/4 cups crushed blueberries
1 1/4 cup (firmly packed) basil leaves
2 cups white vinegar
1 tsp sugar

Combine the crushed berries and basil in a glass measure or bowl. Stir to mix and set aside.

Combine the vinegar and sugar in a nonreactive saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour the hot vinegar over the berry mixture. Cover the measure or bowl and let stand in a cool place for 4 days or up to 2 weeks.

Scald two 1-cup vinegar bottles. Strain the berry-vinegar mixture through a fine sieve or several layers of cheesecloth into a clean glass measure. Pour the vinegar into the clean bottles and tightly cork or cap.

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