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Best Blueberry Salad Recipes

Updated on February 16, 2013

The Love Of Fresh Blueberry Salads

My first blueberry salad was at a steak house chain restaurant. They did not have my regular regular soup side choice so I decided to try the blueberry salad with cashews instead. I was not much of a salad eater at the time, but I have to say it was one of the best salads ever. So good in fact I sometimes use to stop by the restaurant to order it to go to eat along side a homemade dinner.

After a little kick in the but to start eating better I decided to find healthy food that I can make that will taste great and the blueberry salad is defiantly on my list. While the steakhouse restaurant version my sound healthy because it was a salad it really had too much fat into it to be considered something to eat all the time. So I decided to look for other healthier blueberry salads that I can make at home to mix up my salad salad selection.

What Goes Into A Blueberry Salad? - Best Things To Add To A Blueberry Salad

Most times when I have salad I do not follow a particular recipe. I may buy a few things at the store that I want to have with salad, but when it comes to putting it together I look in the fridge to make my salad to give it all the right toppings. Below are a few things that I have found go well with my blueberries.

And yes I do stand in the refrigerator door with blueberries in hand looking to find what want to go with it. When I make a blueberry salad my only requirement is something green and my fresh blueberries.

  1. Nuts: Walnuts and Almonds are my favorite to use.
  2. Goat Cheese: I never had goat cheese until I started eating salad, it always looked a little odd to me, but now it is a staple topping to one of my favorite salads.
  3. Romaine or Spinach Leafs: You can really use about anything but I tend to avoid iceberg lettuce.
  4. Grilled Chicken: Until I actually had a chicken berry salad I would have never put the ingredients together. They turned out well together and it make a great lunch or light dinner.
  5. Salmon: I have yet to find a recipe I like for a blueberry salad with salmon but it is still my a favorite of mine to throw on the salad if I have some left over from the night before.
  6. Shelled and toasted bird seed: The seeds give it more of a texture and makes look very pretty.
  7. Strawberries and any other berries for that matter.
  8. Bananas: Blueberries and bananas are definitional not just for cereal.
  9. Apples: Cut apples up in small pieces to make it easy to eat. The apples also go well when you also put nuts in the salad.
  10. Red Onions: If I only have white or yellow onions I just skip them all together. For my taste buds not all onions go well with fruit.

What Type Of Salad Dressing Should I Use For Blueberry Salads? - Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes

What salad dressing goes best depends on what else you put in your blueberry salad. My favorite salad dressings are homemade. My favorite for my blueberry salad being a honey based dressing that I make with local honey. When using store bought brands I typically pick out a vinigrette for this type of salad or a blue cheese.

To learn more about making a salad with food that goes well together check out Cooks.com's Salad Dressings To Suit The Salads.

Salad Dressing Portion Control Lid - Keep Your Salad Healthy

Salad are suppose to be healthy and they are a great way to eat great food without going over splurging on calories for the day. However if you use to much fatty salad dressing the salad is not longer a low calorie option. This is because most, just like me tend to pile on the salad dressing without thinking and do not think about measuring.

A serving size is two tablespoons but to actually measure it out you have to take time out, that is why I love this little topper below that snaps on as a lid to my favorite salad dressing to do the measuring for me. If I want more that is fine, but at least I know what I am eating.

Deliciously Sweet Salad with Maple, Nuts, Seeds, Blueberries, and Goat Cheese
Deliciously Sweet Salad with Maple, Nuts, Seeds, Blueberries, and Goat Cheese

Deliciously Sweet Salad with Maple, Nuts, Seeds, Blueberries, and Goat Cheese

Best Blueberry Salad Recipes

This recipe is probably the closest recipe to the blueberry salad I had at the steak house that I have made at home. The base of the recipe calls for romaine lettuce, fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, walnut pieces, feta cheeses and goat cheese. It was good but next time I make it I will add spinach and red cabbage to the Romain lettuce mix to give it a varied affect. I left out walnuts because they were super expensive at the store and tried chopped almonds instead, which turned out to add a great texture to the over all salad and complimented the blueberries well.

You can use a vinaigrette salad dressing for this salad or you can make the dressing that goes with it, but the recipe that goes with the blue berry salad is terrific and easy to make. To get the recipe for the salad and salad dressing go to AllRecipes.com.

Blueberry Walnut Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette by Olive Aguas
Blueberry Walnut Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette by Olive Aguas

Blueberry Walnut Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe

Best Blueberry Salad Recipes

This recipe was created by Olive Aguas, a raw foodie contributor at uncooking101.com. It was a fun, tasty salad and I do not think I would change a thing about it. The taste of blueberries, chunks of walnuts, apple pieces and dried cranberries was wonderful and had a very unique taste. I ended up cutting the apples to big so it made them a little awkward to eat, I recommend you cut them into small bite sized pieces.

You can find the recipe at uncooking101.com.

Blueberry Chicken Salad Recipe by Anne Thrasher
Blueberry Chicken Salad Recipe by Anne Thrasher

Blueberry Chicken Salad Recipe With Fresh Fruit

Best Blueberry Salad Recipes

I have not had the chance to make this one but I will have to put it in my families menu soon. I would have never thought about combining chicken and blueberries but I think this salad would make for a very nutritious main dinner or lunch dish.

To find the recipe for the blueberry chicken salad recipe go to Outdoor-Cooking.com.

Blueberry and Corn Salad Recipe
Blueberry and Corn Salad Recipe

Blueberry and Corn Salad Recipe

Best Blueberry Salad Recipes

This blueberry salad is very different from any salad I have had. This mix of husked sweet corn, blueberries, cucumber, red onion and cilantro with a sweat clean tasting salad dressing sounds like a great list of ingredients to find at the local farmers market.

To find the recipe for this awesome blueberry and corn salad fresh from the garden go to MealTickets.com.

Blueberry Salsa Fiesta Recipe
Blueberry Salsa Fiesta Recipe

Blueberry Salsa Fiesta Recipe

Best Blueberry Salad Recipes

While this may not be the green leafy salad that I am use to I love salsa and this makes for a great tasty Fiesta Salad. The interesting combination of blueberries, pears, red onion, red bell pepper and Jalapeno peppers will be a great pair with grilled chicken. If your looking for more of a green leafy salad just top a handful of greens with your blueberry salsa fiesta salad to make for a fun dish.

This blueberry salad can be found at Oneperectbite.blogspot.com

Blueberry Apple Salad
Blueberry Apple Salad

Blueberry Apple Fruit Salad

Best Blueberry Salad Recipes

I miss this fruit salad in the winter because in the summer it is the best. It can be served as a side at dinner or be a sweet treat. I love it with a side of vanilla ice cream.

To find this sweet Blueberry Apple Fruit Salad go to Smilinggreenmom.com.

How To Buy Blueberries For Salads
How To Buy Blueberries For Salads

How To Buy The Best Blueberries For Salad

If you have ever went to the store to find blueberries and only found bad blue looking things in a container that you would never eat, you are not alone. Blueberries should be bought withing five days of the time you are going to use them, or you run the risk of dried up blueberries.

When buying fresh blueberries you should look for berries that smell fragrant, are firm to tough, bright and have few berries that are dried up and bruised.

Also avoid buying blueberries in a container that has stains on the bottom of it, because this means that some of them are smashed and the berries you can not see may not be in the best shape. If you buy a container with broken berries or berries that are not good remove them before storing them, because a bad berry can quickly make the whole container bad.

To get the freshest berries consider going to a "Pick Your Own Blueberry Farm" to pick your own. To learn how to pick blueberries check out the guide on How to Pick and Store Fresh Berries from the Minnesota Department Of Agriculture.

Grow Your Own Blueberries On Your Porch - Grow Your Own Fresh Salad Toppings

Have you thought about growing your own blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries. You do not have to have a big garden or for that matter you do not even need a yard. You can grow your own berries for your salad topping in containers on your porch or even on your door step.

Have you considered planting a row of sweet delicious berries to compliment your vegetable garden? To find out more about container gardening go to Vegetable-Gardening-Online.com.

Keep Your Salad Fresh Longer - Refrigerator Container To Keep Salad Fresh In Refrigerator

One of the things that kept me from regularly eating a salad was that they never seemed to last long. I cut romaine lettuce or got spinach for a salad it seemed if I did not eat it within a day or two it would be bad. I wanted to be able to make a salad and eat from it for a few days but it seemed not to taste as well as it did the first day.

The refrigerator containers shown below seem to do the trick in keeping the salad fresh tasting for up to a week. It tastes just like you just cut and prepared the salad. They are designed to keep out the harsh conditions of the refrigerator and enclose the environment needed to keep the salad fresh and crisp.

Keep Blueberries Fresh
Keep Blueberries Fresh

How To Keep Blueberries Fresh

Make Blueberries Last Longer In The Refrigerator

Blueberries are a great topping for salad but if they taste mushy and not fresh it my ruin the salad.To keep blueberries fresh in the refrigerator it is important to keep them in a shallow covered container. Its best to not wash your blueberries till you are about ready to eat them, so it might be best to keep them in a separate container until you are ready to eat them.

They will probably do fine if you wash them in the morning to put in you salad for lunch, as long as they are not in direct heat. To learn more about keeping your blueberries fresh and storining them in the refrigerator go to eHows' Guide on How to Keep Berries Fresh.

Mixt Salads: A Chef's Bold Creations - Dinner Salad Will Never Be Boring Again

Mixt Salads: A Chef's Bold Creations
Mixt Salads: A Chef's Bold Creations

This salad making cookbook has beautiful photos and clear easy-to-read text. While not all the ideas can be easily done because of the ingredients list most the recipes are doable and they look fabulous.

 

Fresh Vs. Frozen Blueberries - Tell Me About Yourself?

Blueberry Salad Recipes
Blueberry Salad Recipes

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Serving Tip:

For the best tasting blueberries, remove them from the fridge a few hours before serving. They are at their fullest flavor when at room temperature.

What Is Your Favorite Blueberry Salad Recipe?

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      Christian DuBois 5 years ago from New York

      Wow this is a great Lens! Much more here about blueberries than the title suggests. I will be referring back here often.

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      You have many great ideas here for salads and blueberries. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for sharing these tasty recipes! *Squidoo Angel blessed!*

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Salads are always great.

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      your blueberry salads look delicious. Also, I own the lettuce keeper just like the one you feature here and it is so awesome. We eat salad at home way more than we used to and buy whole heads of lettuce over the bagged stuff more.

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      dannydeu 5 years ago

      Thank you for your hard work. I like Blueberry Apple Fruit Salad. Keep up the good work.

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      shoefiend 5 years ago

      great lens

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      A real nice variety of salad recipes. I love blueberries so I'll be trying one of these recipes. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice Salad Recipes and also lots of category salad, nice lens