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.

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

The day I decided this salad sounded delicious was a day my daughter wanted to do nothing but be held, 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.

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    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

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    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!
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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

    Blueberry Pecan Feta Salad

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    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.
    5 from 2 votes
    Servings 2 servings
    Calories 406 kcal
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes

    Ingredients
      

    Salad

    • 3 cups baby spinach 3 oz.
    • ½ cup blueberries 100g
    • ¼ cup toasted pecans 30g
    • 2 tablespoons feta cheese 30g
    • 4 oz. shredded rotisserie chicken optional

    Blueberry Vinaigrette

    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • ¼ cup blueberries 50g
    • Salt and pepper to taste

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    Instructions
     

    Make the Vinaigrette

    • In the blender, combine the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, honey and blueberries, blending until smooth.
    • Add the salt and pepper to taste, then set aside.

    Make the Salad

    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the spinach, blueberries, pecans, feta and chicken.
    • Pour the vinaigrette over the ingredients and toss until all ingredients are coated.
    • Serve immediately, and enjoy!

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1gCalories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 14gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 303mgFiber: 4gSugar: 15g
    Keyword easy lunch recipe, easy salad, entree, entree salad, lunch recipe, salad with fruit, savory salad with fruit, summer salad
    Course Entrees
    Cuisine American
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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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