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June 12, 2015

Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad

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Enjoy the fruits of the season with this delightfully delicious Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad. Tossed in a homemade Blueberry Vinaigrette, this bright salad works beautifully as a starter or an entree. A spring and summertime favorite, Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad is also perfect for entertaining because it adds such beautiful brightness to a meal.

Two plates of Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad, tossed and ready for eating

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The day I decided this salad sounded delicious was a day my daughter wanted to do nothing but be held and rocked and shushed. In my arms. And while I normally indulge her because she’s not going to be this little forever or want to be in her mother’s arms when she gets older… I was getting hungry. Really hungry.

Lunch hadn’t been made, and I had a few ingredients in the fridge that I thought would work well together. And as I was plotting out this salad in my mind — I knew it was going to be wonderful, so of course I also needed to photograph it — I decided it was time to use a wrap one of our friends gifted us with when I was pregnant.

I nodded to myself as I wrapped the fabric around my body, making a spot for Lady Baby to rest against me. I’d simply drop her in the wrap, she’d be happy because she was being held and I could do things, including making my lunch and photographing it before devouring it.

This was going to be good!

Collage of two portraits of Erin and Lady A, her daughter in a baby carrier, ready to photograph the Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad

I was SO PROUD of myself. I even sent photos to my mom, sister and husband, announcing my daughter and I were working together in the kitchen.

You know what they say?

Pride cometh before the fall.

I should have known not to fall into that trap… but I was just so impressed and excited that Lady Baby and I were in the kitchen together and being productive that I didn’t really think about it.

Homemade Blueberry Vinaigrette sits on a patterned kitchen towel with fresh blueberries, ready to be poured into the salad

I made the salad and the dressing, set out the props and my lighting equipment, then began to photograph. It was going well… until Lady Baby reared her head back suddenly, then lurched forward, smacking into my chest violently… and then puked DOWN MY SHIRT.

I don’t know if any of y’all have had the pleasure of feeling spit up ooze down your shirt, but let me tell you that it’s not the most pleasant thing.

In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that spit up down the shirt is one of the more unpleasant things about parenthood. And it, unfortunately, happens quite often in our home.

Homemade Blueberry Vinaigrette is poured into a large bowl containing the ingredients for Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad

So the shoot was immediately cancelled. I just set down my equipment and walked away.

I lifted Lady Baby out of the wrap and placed in her bouncer, which she was not happy about. And I cleaned myself up as I sat down next to her, bouncing her until she fell asleep.

Once she was sleeping, I realized:

  1. I still hadn’t eaten.
  2. All my food and props were still out.
  3. I would have to do something with them… so I might as well snap the finishing shots of the salads and call it a day.

I’m stubborn, you see, and I would be damned if I didn’t get some good photos of the salad. Because I knew it would be perfect for this here blog and I was going to eat it, even though it was already 3:30 p.m.

Two plates of Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad, tossed and ready for eating

Lo and behold, it was all kinds of delicious when I finally got around to consuming the salad. The blueberry vinaigrette coats the spinach and adds a delightful tang to balance out the sweetness of the fresh blueberries in the salad. The feta adds some salt. And the toasted pecans add that crunch I adore in salads.

It’s a winner, that’s for sure, and y’all better believe we’ll be eating more of this salad as blueberry season continues. It works both as an entree or a side salad, so either way, you’re set! And it would make an awesome salad to serve at entertaining event because holy cow, this blueberry goodness is G-O-O-D.

Two plates of Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad, tossed and ready for eating

Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad Essentials

Tips and Tricks for Making the BEST Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad

  • Make sure your fresh blueberries are ripe and SWEET. (If you’ve got more sour blueberries, the salad and its vinaigrette might be less-than-pleasing.)
  • Cook the chicken in advance or purchase a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and shred it. Store in the fridge until it’s time to make the salad.
  • Toast the pecans in advance.
  • After you’ve got your ingredients together, make the salad dressing. If it’s not sweet enough to your taste, add a little more honey to balance it out.
  • Don’t pour the salad dressing on top of the salad ingredients until it’s time to serve!

Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad Pinterest collage, featuring two images: an overhead of the final salad and the homemade blueberry vinaigrette being drizzled into salad in a bowl.

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Here’s how you make it:

Homemade Blueberry Vinaigrette is poured into a large bowl containing the ingredients for Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad
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Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad

Enjoy the fruits of the season with this delightfully delicious Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad. Tossed in a homemade Blueberry Vinaigrette, this bright salad works beautifully as a starter or an entree. A spring and summertime favorite, Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad is also perfect for entertaining because it adds such beautiful brightness to a meal.

Course Entree, Main Course, Side Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 422 kcal
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Salad

  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup blueberries , fresh
  • 1/4 cup pecans , toasted
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese
  • 3 oz. chicken , roasted and shredded (optional)

Blueberry Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup blueberries , fresh
  • Salt and pepper , to taste

Instructions

Make the Vinaigrette

  1. In the blender, combine the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, honey and blueberries, blending until smooth.

  2. Add the salt and pepper to taste, then set aside.

Make the Salad

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the spinach, blueberries, pecans, feta and chicken.

  2. Pour the vinaigrette over the ingredients and toss until all ingredients are coated.
  3. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Potassium 410mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 15g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 87%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 13.7%
Iron 11.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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