An uber-healthy salad topped with a sweet, tart, and creamy vinaigrette thanks to some white balsamic vinegar, a sprinkle of blue cheese, a dollop of Greek yogurt and a hefty handful of fresh blueberries!
For me, salad dressings have always be just so-so. I don’t love them and I don’t hate them; but Mr. EN… that’s another story… HE LOVES SALAD DRESSING! In fact, to him, salad dressing is an improve-all condiment for all the meal components: salad (of course), meat, rice, potatoes, cooked vegetables, eggs…you name it; and if left to his own devices, he’s merrily drizzling salad dressing on top. He just can’t stop himself.
That’s how I feel about this Blueberry and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette.
It’s just so tasty! I can think of a dozen uses for it beyond salad. And, although I don’t always feel like salads need “dressing” this salad dressing, on this salad is a keeper for sure.
Are you looking for a delicious way to spruce up your summer greens? If so, you’ll want to give this quick-to-fix dressing – and this fruity summer salad – a try. It’s ready in no time with only a handful of ingredients.
The Nutrition 411
This dish is…
- Vitamin and Mineral Packed! The healthy ingredients in this salad and dressing make for a powerful dose of nutrients many of us don’t get enough of: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, folate, zinc, Vitamin E, and iron. Plus it’s loaded with antioxidants, which may help prevent and fight cancer.
- A GREAT source of fiber due to the fresh peaches, blueberries, and walnuts.
- A good source of healthy fat thanks to the olive oil and walnuts.
- Use semi-sturdy greens. This summer we are getting the most amazing greens in our CSA box from Sower’s Purse Farm. They just keep getting better and better each week. And more greens means more salad for us, which is a good thing. Use whatever kind you like/have.
- Blend the dressing a food processor, Magic/NutriBullet or high-speed blender. Follow the directions and add the oil, yogurt, and cheese as directed.
- Use fresh berries, if you can. Frozen berries that are thawed and drained will work in this recipe but the dressing won’t be quite and flavorful and will be a little more watery. Still, it’ll work in a pinch. Fresh is best.
Calling all Blueberry Lovers! If you’ve got ten minutes, you can make this lovely, healthy, berry-and-peach-studded, great-tasting salad – and this dressing. Please give it a try and let me know what you think.
Just look at all those colors!
Peace, love and good eats; from our empty nest to yours.
Trending in the EN Kitchen. White Balsamic Vinegar
Mr. EN’s take on this recipe: “After spending the day in the garden, it was great to turn such a colorful healthy salad into a main meal by adding some grilled chicken.”
Blueberry-Peach Salad with Blue Cheese and Blueberry Viniagrette
Yield 2 servings, plus extra dressing - see Notes
- The Salad (see below)
- 2-3 cups salad greens
- ½ cup fresh blueberries, washed
- 2 tablespoons toasted walnuts, chopped
- 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
- 1 fresh peach, washed and sliced
- The Dressing (see below)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, washed
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 heaping tablespoons, 2% fat, plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled
- Assemble the salad (see ingredients above).
- In a blender, combine blueberries, vinegar, honey, lemon, salt, and pepper.
- With the blender or food processor running, slowly pour in oil, and continuing blending until completely emulsified and creamy, about 30 seconds.
- Add the Greek yogurt and blue cheese and blend again, for 15-20 seconds, or until cheese and yogurt are thoroughly mixed in to the dressing. (The dressing will be lumpy.)
- Serve immediately.
- The amount of salad in this recipe serves two.
- The dressing makes six, 2-tablespoon servings. One serving, for the purpose of nutrition analysis, is 2 tablespoons.
- The dressing will keep in the refrigerator, in a closed container, for 3-4 days. Stir well before serving.
Serving Size 2 cups salad with 2 T dressing
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9.5 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 8.5 mg
Sodium 200 mg
Total Carbohydrates 10 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 7 g
Protein 3.5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.