Do You Build Dishes Around One Ingredient?

Idon’t really know what else to call this salad but Blueberry Salad. It was inspired by a salad we ate while on vacation. One night at Family Camp, we were served a salad of mixed greens, dried blueberries, and feta cheese in a vinaigrette dressing. We all raved at how those blueberries popped and made the salad so dynamite. I wanted to build a salad around dried blueberries as well but I wanted to use some different ingredients than I am used to using in salad. No tomatoes or cukes here. I wanted different textures and flavors as well as a bold salad dressing. So here is what I came up with and it is delicious and refreshing, bold and flavorful. I hope you enjoy this great way to eat wonderfully sweet dried blueberries.

Blueberry Salad
1 bag mixed baby salad greens
1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, rough chop
2 handfuls slivered almonds
3 stalks green onions, sliced
3 handfuls dried wild blueberries

Soyaki Orange Dressing:
1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce
3 T. orange marmalade
2 T. olive oil

For the dressing mix ingredients well until the marmalade is incorporated. If you do not have a Trader Joe’s nearby then you may try to substitue another type of teriyaki marinade and adjust recipe to taste. Toss the salad ingredients and dress salad. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

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What ingredient have you built an entire dish or meal around?

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  1. Hedonistin
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 7:22 AM | Permalink

    If only my English were better, I would leave more comments here – I like your blog and your ideas.

    To answer your question: That’s the way I normally cook – looking into the fridge … oh, XYZ must be urgently consumed, so what in addition would taste, harmonize, set a counterpoint or give that certain something? Of course that doesn’t work always as I hope. 🙂

  2. Rindy R
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 7:40 AM | Permalink

    What a great idea to put blueberries in a salad – I usually add my Craisins- but a fresh blueberry this time of year would be great!
    As far as cooking around food…
    Now that the produce is so yummy in the farmers markets – I definitely have conversations with myself “How can I use all this Zucchini”?

  3. Sabrina
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 7:54 AM | Permalink

    I like the sound of this recipe. I will have to try it out. I am SO NOT creative. If I like something somewhere I will search the internet for a similar sounding recipe. I like trying different things but can’t come up with it on my own.

  4. Tanya
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

    Recently I was craving some sort of corn salad to make for a barbecue, so I based an entire side dish on corn. For desserts I will usually have a certain flavor in mind and build on that.

    By the way, I’m not surprised by that statistic (1 out of 100 comment on a post). How about this–one of my posts received a few hundred hits a couple of days ago. TWO comments. Comments are a bloggers bread and butter!

  5. scottnjoyce
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 4:22 PM | Permalink

    I have been doing fresh blueberries, but hadn’t even thought about the dried blueberries. Sounds yummy.
    I have to admit your strawberry poppyseed drsg is my absolute favorite salad dressing the whole world. I can now eat a whole big plate of baby spinach, and actually enjoy it!
    Thanks for inspiring all of us!

  6. Beth
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    I love to make salads around pears. I love them tossed w/a champaign vinaigrette. Topped w/some blue cheese and maybe a little bacon. Yummy. Dried blueberries are also a nice touch.

    I’m glad that you like when we post. I love to hear back from you, too.

  7. Grace
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 3:39 AM | Permalink

    that dressing sounds insanely delicious! awesome salad, robin.

    and i’ve been known to make a dish or two revolving around cinnamon. 🙂 other than that, i usually make something with the produce that’s nearing the end of its days.

  8. Robin Sue
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

    Hedonistin-Many thanks for commenting! I have to use the google translater to read your posts which helps alot but I do as much as I can without it. Loved the last Mango soup you made!

    Rindy- Yup it is time to use up all those zuc’s! I like it in chocolate cake!!

    Sabrina- Yes you are creative! Love your supper clubs!

    Tanya- I love corn salads. Would like to hear what you came up with. Loving your blog! We should make a bumper sticker. Bloggers work for comments!!

    Joyce- Hey girl thanks for stopping in!! I think if I surround myself with creative folks like you, I will absorb some of their creativity!!

    Beth- Ooh loving the pear salad!! I really like the combos of flavor. I do live by comments!! Thanks for stopping in.

    Grace- Yup you are the Cinnamon Girl!! Love those recipes. Thanks!!

  9. Kristen
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

    I’m getting ready to build a dessert around some chocolate covered peanuts that I need to use up 🙂

  10. Cindy and Co.
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 8:21 PM | Permalink

    I am wandering aimlessly from Pioneer Woman and I LOVE your site. I am so going to try blueberries in salad. I am much like the first poster I usually find what ever needs to be used and from there.

  11. Robin Sue
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

    Kristen- dying to see what you come up with. Hmm you are making ice cream today too. Do I hear Tin Roof.

    Cindy and Co.- Thanks for loving my site. It feels good to hear others love it too other than my mom!!

  12. That Girl
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 11:19 PM | Permalink

    I usually base meals off of a single ingredient, like ripe tomatoes, sweet strawberries, or even a bunch of mushrooms about to go bad 😉

  13. DelKee
    Posted August 29, 2008 at 9:46 PM | Permalink

    My husband hates that I clean out the fridge every 3-5 days. Old produce and random leftovers don’t last long at my house. I plan meals around whatever is about to get thrown out or has been sitting in the pantry way too long. I have a pork loin in the freezer, so I guess that’ll find it’s way into a dinner or two next week.

  14. Robin Sue
    Posted August 29, 2008 at 10:12 PM | Permalink

    ThatGirl- Yup got to use up the goods so we don’t waste!

    DelKee- Thanks for stopping in and commenting! We have those clean out nights, we call them CORN: Clean Out Refrigerater Night!

  15. Anonymous
    Posted September 1, 2008 at 12:16 AM | Permalink

    That looks super yummy!

  16. ankastre
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 7:38 PM | Permalink

    Great, thx

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