I’ve been convinced I dislike salad. I have my reasons and they’re usually a combination of soggy, bland lettuce leaves which make you bored of chewing before you get full. But it’s summer and after feeling a bit under the weather I thought I needed to inject a lot more veg into my diet, so it was time to revisit the dreaded salad.
My plan was for tuna mayo with a rainbow assortment of colourful veg. If the saying we eat with our eyes is true, I didn’t want to subject myself to a plate of just green. So I added orange pepper (diced), a good measure of sweetcorn, cucumber (because even though it’s a salad staple, I love it), sun-dried tomatoes (which taste like pizza), and stripes of carrot to go with the insipid lettuce. Already this was looking good.
And then I remembered blueberries.
I can’t remember where it was, but once I had blueberry vinaigrette on a side salad and though I’ve forgotten the place, the taste is one of those things I’ll remember for a while. Sweet and zingy all pepped up with a nice light vinegar taste, it’s truly a wonderful dressing and why it doesn’t feature in more places I’ll never know.
After reading a few recipes online I got bored of trying to convert cups and made up my own measures. I’d give you the full recipe, but really I made this to taste and I’d recommend you do too.
Blueberry balsamic dressing
- Balsamic vinegar
- Olive oil
- Juice from half a lemon
The main thing is use a food processor / blender, blitz the blueberries first and then add the rest of the ingredients sparingly until you get the taste you want. The recipes I read online suggested honey in place of sugar, but I didn’t have any to hand and it’s just something to balance out the lemon and vinegar, rather than needing the honey taste. I started with 30 blueberries, 3.5 tablespoons of olive oil, 1tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, juice from half a lemon and a big pinch of sugar and went from there. After adjusting the flavours I watered it down a little to make it easier to pour.
The next day I took my salad to work and the tuna mayo stayed untouched in its container, where I ate my way through the rainbow. And there’s plenty of ingredients left for tomorrow.