Continuing on with our celebration of blueberries, we’re sharing one of our favourite salads with a little blueberry twist! It’s really refreshing and the perfect side dish (or main dish if you like it that much!)
I get a bit obsessed with salads over Summer as they’re just so easy to whip up a big batch and have plenty left over for lunches the next day. This one is extra refreshing for those gross 40 degree days.
Green Salad with Blueberry Dressing
Serves 4 (as a side dish)
- ¼ cup blueberries
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp Glen Loch Apple Farm Otway Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ cup frozen peas
- A small handful snow peas, ends trimmed
- 1 cos lettuce
- 1 apple cucumber/small cucumber, sliced
- 50g Fromage and Legumes Mepunga Gruyere Cheese, shredded
- Small handful mint leaves
To make the dressing, place the blueberries in a small saucepan with 1 tbsp of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the blueberries have softened. Mash the blueberries with a fork, leaving some small lumps. Allow to cool, then place in a small jar or leak-proof container with the olive oil and Glen Loch Apple Farm Otway Apple Cider Vinegar. Shake well to combine.
Half fill a medium size bowl with water and ice cubes, then set aside. Bring a small pot of water to the boil and add the snow peas and baby peas. Cook for about 1-2 minutes (the snow peas should still be crunchy). Drain and place immediately in the iced water. After a few minutes, drain again.
To assemble the salad, arrange the lettuce leaves on a large plate. Place the peas, snow peas, cucumber, Fromage and Legumes Mepunga Gruyere Cheese and mint leaves on top. Drizzle with the blueberry dressing and enjoy!
We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with some amazing local produce to create this salad –
Glen Loch Apple Farm is located in The Otways and spread across fourteen acres. The farm is a family owned and run business located on river flats, bordered by the Gellibrand River. The property has over two thousand trees with sixty different varieties which are sold throughout the local community and selected markets. Juli also works with Otway Estate Winery and Brewery to create their Otway Cider using her delicious apples. Her Apple Cider vinegar which we have used in this salad is her newest product and will be available at the Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival.
Fromage and Legumes is a Torquay based family business that takes pride in preparing healthy organic cuisine. They source organic cheese made in Geelong and work with a range of Australian farmers in the Otway Region. Eva sells her certified organic cheeses at the Torquay Farmers Market every Saturday and a different market each Sunday. We’ve used a few of her different cheeses in our blueberry recipes this month so keep your eyes peeled!