I awoke from my post-farmers’-market nap Saturday with a start. I had been pondering what to feed some farm volunteers (and us) who were planning to come by Sunday morning, as well as how best to emphasize the produce we’re harvesting now. And it came to me in a flash. Or a dream. I can almost never remember my dreams…
It’s getting into mid-July, and we’re starting to get some good variety in the harvest, but not really high summer. Some exciting stuff is coming in – we’re harvesting lots of blueberries, cucumbers and zucchini are coming in strong buy we’re not sick of them yet, and the basil is really getting going. Wait a minute! Blueberries and basil might go together!
I checked The Flavor Bible, and lo and behold, each ingredient lists the other. They both also strongly recommend lemon juice. Sweet, acid, and herby? That sounds like a cool salad dressing!
Basil also goes great with mozzarella, so I made some fresh (it only takes 30 minutes). Parmesan as well, and onion. And we’ve got some great spring onions we’re harvesting now. Both basil and blueberries also favor spinach, so I made that the bulk of my salad greens. Toss some fresh blueberries in the salad as well, and serve with this dressing, and it was one of the best-received salads I’ve ever made, as well as a great celebration of everything local and seasonal right now!
I also served this with my famous zucchini bread, but with blueberries instead of my usual walnuts. That was a hit as well! Basically, summer tastes good!
hefty salads worth
- 1 C Blueberries fresh. I'm not sure how well frozen would work. If you try it, send a comment :).
- 3/4 C Basil Leaves packed
- 1 lemon Lemon Juice
- 1 teas Honey I used a fairly flavorful wildflower honey, in which the bees had foraged a fair bit on melons, squash, cucumbers, and buckwheat. So a fairly flavorful one...
- 1/2 teas Kosher Salt
- to taste Black Pepper
- 1 Spring Onion including greens
- Place all ingredients in a food processor. Puree. Thin with water as needed, and whir a bit more. When it's smooth and a bit frothy, adjust seasoning and serve.
Because blueberries have a lot of pectin, this will thicken a fair bit as it sits. But because it isn't cooked, you can just stir it a bit and it will become fluid again.