September 7, 2011

Recipe | Chopped Salad with Blackberries

The Magic is in the Mingling

Ladies love going to lunch! Have you ever noticed?

There’s a French creperie not far from our house. Every time I walk by,
I notice stylish pairs of women tete-a-tete, leaning over sweet and savory crepes or quiches.

Bon app├ętit, certainnement!

But not particularly waistline-friendly. If you like to invite your friends home for lunch (as I do), then no doubt you’re on the look-out for healthy salad recipes that are both slimming and filling.

The following salad promises both. With these fresh ingredients, you’ll impress your guest, and create a luncheon date the two of you will fondly remember.

“Let it be said at once that there is no mystery to making good, palatable soup, and even the more obtuse among us can turn a few leaves of lettuce into a creditable salad with a dash of oil and vinegar. But the magic is in the mingling.”—Ray’s Boathouse Restaurant (Seattle) Cookbook


Henckels 13-Piece w/ Bonus Cheese Knife. List Price: $122.00 Discounted Price: Only $44.95! Click here for more info1 1/2 CUP chopped tomatoes
1 CUP asparagus, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/2 head of radicchio
2 avocados, chopped
2 TBSP lime juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 CUP pumpkin seeds
10 blackberries

Blackberry Vinaigrette

10 blackberries, halved
1 minced shallot
1/3 CUP EFA Antioxidant Oil Blend
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
1 TBSP organic maple syrup
1 TBSP lime juice, freshly squeezed


1. In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, asparagus, orange pepper, and radicchio. Toss avocados with lime juice and fold into salad.
2. Use a strainer to separate blackberry pulp and seeds from juice. Wisk together blackberry juice, minced shallot, EFA oil, red wine vinegar, maple syrup and lime juice.
3. Drizzle desired amount over salad, top with pumpkin seeds and halved blackberries.

Recipe Via: In the Vega Kitchen

More Blackberry Salads to Tempt You

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Chicken Blackberry Salad

Blackberry Spinach Salad

Photos: VegaTeam, wockerjabby, simpraim (Flickr) & Reluctant Entertainer

Perfect for celebrating summer's end. Yes?

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