This Blueberry Cranberry Walnut Aged Goat Cheese Salad offers a beautiful balance of sweet, tangy and creamy all in a bowl.
I don’t think I’ve met a person yet that doesn’t like blueberries. They’re one of the rare fruits in nature that have a brilliant blue color and they’re just plain cute and fun to eat. Our farmer’s market has been carrying fresh blueberries for a couple of weeks now and there’s always a line at the stands that sell them. I shared a picture of all the blueberries at our market on Instagram this past weekend.
There’s really nothing quite like farm fresh blueberries if you can your hands on some, or if you’re lucky enough to pick your own. A number of years ago, I bought a few blueberry plants with hopes of harvesting my own fresh blueberries. Alas, the birds loved them as much as I did, and I ended up covering the poor plants with netting. I’d pick the berries as they ripened, but it was hard to harvest enough to feed my entire family.
Recently, I made this Blueberry Cranberry Aged Goat Cheese Walnut Salad at dinnertime – I love the combination of fruits and nuts in green salads, and the tanginess of the aged goat cheese complimented the blueberries nicely. Sartori’s Extra Aged Goat Cheese is one of my favorites – it a firmer cheese, crumbles nicely and has some caramel notes. My friends at Sartori sent me some cheese, including their aged goat cheese and a recipe card for a fruit and nut salad using dried blueberries and pecans, which served as the inspiration for this fresh take on a summer salad.
Have you tried fruits in your green salads this summer? I’d love to hear.
Blueberry Cranberry Walnut Aged Goat Cheese Salad
- 6 cups romaine lettuce cut into bite size pieces
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- 6 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 6 tablespoons walnuts toasted
- 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
- 6 ounces aged goat cheese crumbled
- fresh lemon juice
- flax seed oil
- salt and fresh ground pepper
In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, blueberries cranberries, walnuts, onion and aged goat cheese. Just before serving, squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and drizzle on some flax seed oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
I love the combination of flavours in this gorgeous salad!
I love fruits in my salads! That pop of sweet juiciness makes salad eating that much more fun. Cheese and nuts also don’t hurt. 😛
Me too – love fruits, nuts and cheese in salads 🙂
This salad sounds like my dream dinner! Must make!
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says
Love the blueberry and goat cheese combo!!!
Christie - Food Done Light says
We usually pick blueberries once every year but didn’t do it this year. I am regretting that now that I see this gorgeous salad. I adore the goat cheese too. We are cheese fiends.
Shashi @ runninsrilankan says
Such a gorgeous salad! So colorful and love the variety of flavors!
Anne|Craving Something Healthy says
Yum! My favorite ingredients all together in one bowl 🙂
Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats says
Wow, I totally want this right now. Believe it or not I refused to eat blueberries at a kid. My mom always let fruit get overripe and I associated blueberries with squishy-yucky texture. Fast forward high school and its better. 🙂 My kids should be blue they eat so many!
I can totally see why – mushy blueberries are only good in smoothies ;). So glad your kids like blueberries!
Jennifer @nourishedsimply says
Love the combination and all the colors.
genevieve @ gratitude & greens says
I love blueberries! I want to go and pick my own wild blueberries one day. Gorgeous photos, and the salad sounds delicious!
Oh my goodness … I love everything in this salad!
What a beautiful, quick, and healthy summertime meal … love it!
My son and I love blueberries but believe it or not my husband happens to be one of those that isn’t too fond of blueberries. I try to sneak them into his salads but he ends up eating everything else except for the blueberries lol. This salad look so pretty, Jeanette! Love the sound of everything in here 🙂
So funny – maybe you can sneak them into a smoothie 🙂
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
Oh, blueberries for salad! I’m ashamed to say I never thought of adding blueberries for salad. =P I’ll definitely try this recipe for sure!
Kim - Liv Life says
Oh!! I’m SO envious of your blueberry season!! I’ve been seeing East Coast posts filled with blueberries the last few days and our season ended in the beginning of July. Love the salad here, and I know it will be a family pleaser. I just may have to wait to next year to get it exactly right!
While I have had similar salads, the addition of blueberries is a fantastic idea. The plated salad is gorgeous. I would be honored if that was put in front of me.
Thanks Chaya – I do love blueberries in this salad. They go really nicely with the aged goat cheese.