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Fig & Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Blueberry Vinaigrette

Fig & Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Blueberry Vinaigrette

HOOOooooooWWwwW is it September?! Summer is gone and there’s already crunchy leaves outside (!!!) and that all went so dang fast.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t suuuper excited for fall, though.

I am totally that girl that is super into pumpkin flavored everything & scarves & sweaters & boots, so….bring it, fall. I’m ready.

I’m really excited to be living in a place that has regular seasons again. And I mean, noooo one does fall like Boston – the leaves are just unreal & that crisp, cool feeling in the air is straight magic!! It literally gives me the happiest chills – and not from being cold 😉

Fig & Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Blueberry Vinaigrette

I feel like this salad is my last farewell to summer. This has definitely been the summer of figs for me – just in the past few months I’ve fallen in love with this fruit & HAVE to buy a little basket from Whole Foods every week! They are so sweet and juicy aaand, pro tip: they are INSANE when you drizzle them with a little cashew butter. Wowowowow. I will be so sad when their season ends! I’ve also had quite the love affair with blueberries this summer, too. I put them in almost every smoothie I drink because they’re low in sugar and packed with fiber.

Other faves going on in this salad: toasted pecans for crunch & healthy fats (I swear I can’t have a salad without some sort of nut!), feta or goat cheese (because….cheese, duh!), and stovetop sourdough croutons (toasted in some olive oil and they are 100000% addicting.)

Fig & Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Blueberry Vinaigrette

The blueberry balsamic vinaigrette is TO-DIE-FOR delicious & so ridiculously easy. Just three ingredients – olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and blueberry preserves (I love the one by Bonne Maman!) 3 tablespoons of each, a shake in a jar, and you’re ready to drizzle it all over everything in your life.

Although this salad looks and sounds kinda fancy, there are less than 10 ingredients & it doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to throw together. Now that’s my kinda recipe!

Fig & Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Blueberry Vinaigrette

Fig & Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Blueberry Vinaigrette
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 5 oz spring mix
  • 6 fresh figs, washed & quartered
  • ½ c fresh blueberries
  • ¼ c crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • ¼ c pecans, roughly chopped (I like to quickly toast mine over the stove on low heat for extra flavor!)
  • 1 heaping cup sourdough bread chunks
  • 1 T olive oil
  • For the dressing:
  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 3 T wild blueberry preserves
Instructions
  1. For the croutons, add olive oil and bread chunks to a pan on low heat over the stove and toast until lightly golden brown, stirring frequently. I like to add a little salt and pepper, too! Let cool.
  2. For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a jar or container with a lid and shake until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Toss all salad ingredients together and dress just before serving.

 

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