Sweet Blackberry Salad

Sweet Blackberry Salad

I’ve had a busy few days meaning that I teach until around two o’clock then bustle over to Starbucks for an evening shift. Everyone wants Frappuccinos and I can’t really blame them. It’s sunny out and Frappuccinos generally put a smile on people’s faces. I generally stay away from Frapps because they’re loaded with sugar and they’re a pain to make, but I did try a sample size of the S’mores one and I’m in love. Marshmallow whipped cream. Graham cracker crumbs. Milk chocolate sauce. Keep it together, Erin. Keep it together.

 

Because my weeknights are usually filled with working or going to the gym, I don’t have a lot of time to cook. Generally, my mom makes dinner a few nights a week and I’ll help out when I can. Who would I be if I was a food blogger who didn’t cook dinner or at least help prepare the meal?

 

Last night, my uncle came over for dinner. My grandmother made beef stew in the crock pot and my mom made chicken soup. I haven’t eaten red meat for over ten years. It is a choice, it’s not for health reasons and I do contemplate going back to it occasionally.

 

Anyways, at the dinner table, my grandfather kept insisting that my uncle have some more stew. He probably urged my uncle at least six or seven times to have another serving. “Bill, you want some more stew? Bill, I’ll get you some more stew.” My grandfather does this to everyone. It’s his way of knowing that everyone is comfortable and satisfied. One time, a friend of mine joined us for a cookout and my grandfather pressured him into eating three cheeseburgers. My friend told me later that he felt bad saying “no” to my persistent grandfather and “the burgers were really good”.

 

As I get older, I realize that I’ve taken on some of my grandfather’s qualities. First and foremost, I’ve embraced his determination and work ethic. My grandfather owned a construction business for 25 years and despite his age, he continues to build, renovate, and preserve his land and household. Currently, he’s replacing the wood on the garage doors and running a gravel quarry. I adopted his ability to drink black coffee at a young age. To this day, 90% of my coffee drinking is done without cream or sugar. Lastly, I have a habit of encouraging my friends and family to eat more. I want everyone to feel welcome at my house. I always ask Joshua if he wants a second helping of dinner or another drink when his is getting low.

 

So, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that my grandfather won’t accept salad as someone’s dinner. If I ask the waiter for a Caesar salad, my grandfather will urge me to get soup or an appetizer as well. His classic response, “That’s all you’re having?”

 

But, sometimes all I want is salad. I don’t eat this classic meal because I’m on a diet. I just love salad. We grew up having salad before dinner and to this day most of the meals in my house are served with salad on the table.

 

Today, I’m sharing with you a sweet and savory salad that will be perfect as the main course. Even if you have a grandfather like mine! On another side note, I finished listening toย Serial on Saturday and I have so many emotions. Has anyone listened to this Podcast? What did you think of the ending?

 

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Sweet Blackberry Salad

Ingredients

    Blackberry Lime Vinegarette
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Cinnamon Toast Croutons
  • 3 pieces cinnamon bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • Sweet Blackberry Salad
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/2 avocado (cubed)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 6 strawberries (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 medium red onion (sliced)
  • 1/4 mixed nuts** (chopped)
  • cinnamon toast croutons

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter cinnamon bread on both sides and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in oven for ten minutes. At five minutes turn bread over on opposite side. Bread should be golden brown. Remove and let cool.
  3. Place blackberries and lime juice in a blender or food processor and pureรฉ. Slowly add olive oil, honey, yogurt, salt, and pepper. Adjust dressing to taste if you like more sweetness. Blend until smooth. Pour into salad dressing pourer.
  4. Rinse fruit and spinach and pat dry. Combine spinach, avocado, goat cheese, strawberry, onion, and nuts. Toss until all ingredients are mixed together well.
  5. Cut croutons into small, bite-sized pieces. Top salad with cinnamon toast croutons or add to dish on side for self serving.
  6. Add dressing to individual bowls to taste. This will help salad last longer and stay crisp.

Notes

I used a combination of pecans, walnuts, and almonds. Use whatever nuts you enjoy the best.

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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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42 Comments
  • Oh you are spoiling us with this blackberry salad, Erin. Gorgeous my friend. And now I want a Frapp too. So if I eat the salad, can I also have the Frapp? Ha. Maybe I would have to forego those yummy looking cinnamon toast croutons…No, no. Anything but that. Looks great!!!
    • You can have it all. ๐Ÿ™‚ The cinnamon toast croutons are really good. If you share the salad with a few girlfriends, you’ll only be indulging in about 1/2 of a slice of bread. That leaves you with the calories to get a Frappuccino (in my opinion)! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • I’ve never made a sweet and savory salad before. I need to change that asap! Love that dressing color too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ps thank you for your frap skills. My kids love those. I’m a caramel macchiato girl myself. ๐Ÿ™‚
    • Sweet and savory salads are so good! I love them, Cyndi. I rarely drink frappuccinos, but in order to suggest them to customers, I did try the s’mores one. It was fabulous. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • MirNo Gravatar says:
    I really want to try the s’mores frapp. But I will not. I will not. I will resist. Help!
    My grandfather was like that too, except he forced chocolate on people. No wonder I turned out this way…
    This salad looks incredible! The goat cheese just makes me so happy.
  • I love salad too, and not because of the whole diet thing, salads are just good! Loving your blackberry spin on it, can’t wait until they are in season. The cinnamon toast croutons sound fantastic! But no fraps for me, I’ll be the first to admit that Starbucks drinks are scrumptious, but the sugar…..not good!
    • Oh, I know, Laura. The amount of sugar in the frappuccinos is INSANE! I’m a girl who would rather eat her calories than drink them, so I generally stick to black coffee and unsweetened teas. I had to have a sample of the S’mores frapp in order to recommend it to my customers and it was worth it. ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Oh this salad looks just perfect for busy weeknights, Erin! I’m always on the hunt for easy dinner ideas since I never feel like cooking an elaborate meal after working all day. I love the blackberries in here! I hardly ever think to bake or cook with them, so this sounds so perfect and delish!
  • Ok 1- Oh my gosh, my grandmother does exactly what your grandfather does!! She always asks everyone to get get more food or eat this and make sure you save room for dessert. I think it’s adorable! And funny:). 2- OMG SERIAL IS EVERYTHING!!! So good. Sarah Koenig does an amazing job. And her voice is so soothing. I’m actually listening to it again on my commute home from work… what do you think Erin? Innocent or guilty?
    • Your grandmother sounds like she’d get along with my family! I’m freaking out over the ending of Serial. I actually put off listening to it for a while because I struggle as an auditory learner. Sarah Koenig does a wonderful job with the series and had me clenching the steering wheel at times in suspense. I think with the lack of evidence that they have on Adnan, it’s really difficult to say that he’s guilty. He wasn’t a physically aggressive person. In my opinion (probably from all of the cop shows I’ve watched and books I’ve read) to pull off a strangling like that as an inexperienced individual and not have any DNA evidence at the seen on her body seems unlikely. Jay’s a sketchball, too. I think he’s hiding something or a lot of somethings.
      • Right?? I’m listening to it again just to see if I had any different opinions from the first time I heard it, but I still feel the same… that there is some major lying going on, like someone isn’t telling the whole truth. I just wish I could read people’s minds and solve the case! I feel like the answer is right under our noses. Ahh, such a great podcast though, can’t wait for the next one!
  • miraNo Gravatar says:
    I love all kinds of salads! Both my grandparents are like that- will ask you 10 times if you want more food ๐Ÿ™‚ It is ok, they care for us ๐Ÿ™‚ So funny! Making this salad soon!
  • Erin my father is sort of like that too. He shows his love at the food table while persisting you to keep eating more until you might explode lol!! Anyways this salad looks so delicious and I can easily make a meal out of it!
  • Love this sweet and savory twist! So summery and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚
    • Thank you, Medha! I served it last night and it was a big hit. I had the leftovers for lunch today and they filled me up. I’m always satisfied with a sweet and savory mix.
  • This sounds amazing! Cinnamon toast croutons?? I’m all about that. The dressing sounds heavenly :). Can’t wait to try!
  • Your grandfather sounds so sweet! Love this salad. Especially the dressing and cinnamon toast croutons. Yum!
  • I love having salad for dinner from time to time too! These croutons! Whoa….those could be a bit dangerous! I tend to nibble and these would be a non-stop nibble!
  • That salad looks really tasty! I love all the nice, fresh, and healthy ingredients in it!
  • Your grandfather sound like a wonderful man. You would have to think that a salad as delicious and beautiful as this would pass your grandfathers ‘is that all you’re having’ push to eat more ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love salads as a main course – I could eat them everyday, especially one as tasty as this!
  • Your grandpa and I sound like we have a lot in common. I always cook all sorts of food and push it on other people because 1) cooking and feeding people is how I let people know I love them and 2) I can’t handle all those leftovers on my own, lol. This salad looks so fresh and delicious! I love all the fresh fruits and veggies ๐Ÿ™‚
    • Jessica – Thanks for stopping by. Cooking is a great way to show your love. My friends at Starbucks are convinced that I’m trying to fatten them up because I bring a lot of my recipes to them. It’s just that I want to share and show my appreciation for them. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Woah! You made purple salad dressing! I LOVE this! And the goat cheese and cinnamon toast crutons = brilliant! We eat a lot of salads here too. I love trying new ones and making dressing with seasonal fruit. Your grandpa sounds awesome and sweet. No one will go hungry in your house! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I am a big fan of salads for their taste too. This blackberry one sounds delicious! The cinnamon toast croutons are such a nice treat!
    • Thank you, Kelly. Most of my homecooked meals are complimented by a salad. I’m usually known for making one with Greek flavors, but the fruit looked too good not to use.
  • Oh my, this salad sounds so good! The dressing sounds awesome and I LOVE the idea of cinnamon toast croutons! I will definitely have to try that!
  • I WISH my weeknights consisted of going to the gym. I am so bad about finding time to go!
    Loving that blackberry dressing!
  • I love that this is basically dessert salad!
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