Blackberry Basil Vinaigrette

Have you guys taken note of all of the gorgeous berries in stores right now? I’ve been enjoying all of them, but hard pressed – I’d say juicy, plump blackberries are my favorite. And, they’ve been REALLY good this year. So when Driscoll’s reached out to me and ask me to come up with blackberry recipe to share with you guys, how could I say no?

While I’ve had my usual fun baking with them, I thought a more savory application would be a fun twist. In an effort to shed a few pounds before sandbar season, I’ve been trying to eat more salads. I always make my own dressings, but have never made one with a fruit puree as the base before. Wow, I’ve really been missing out!

I added a handful of fresh basil to the blackberries before I pureed them, which added a wonderful aroma and freshness. The thick puree acts as a wonderful emulsifier, and the sweetness from the berries really rounds out the flavor. I also used champagne vinegar, for it’s subtle flavor…to really let the blackberry and basil shine. But, white wine vinegar would be an excellent substitute.

I like to serve it over a bed of mixed greens with some candied walnuts, herbed goat cheese, and plenty of fresh blackberries. Makes the perfect simple salad for these warmer days we’ve been having! Would also be wonderful to use as a marinade for chicken or pork. I’ll definitely be trying that in the very near future!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the good folks at Driscoll’s. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

3 Comments

  1. Norma
    Posted April 30, 2015 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

    This sounds sooooo good! Can’t wait to try it! I love berries of all kinds and love picking them fresh about an hour’s drive from us. When I can’t do that I get them from the store, which is what I’m doing right now. I’m going to try it as a marinate for chicken for tonight because that sounds really good to me right now. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Posted May 1, 2015 at 3:39 PM | Permalink

    This sounds amazing!! I’d like to try it as written and also with balsamic vinegar…yum!!!

  3. Posted May 10, 2015 at 11:29 PM | Permalink

    What a wonderful dressing! I had to pin it. Particular wonderful for something a little different for some expected dinner guests. Thank you.

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