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Recipe | Spring Berry Salad with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette

Spring Berry Salad with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette

Spring Berry Salad with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette
We got back from Georgia on Monday night and I’m now ready for my next vacation. I think after you travel, you’re supposed to feel well-rested and satisfied, but traveling only makes me want to travel more. I spent most of the car ride home Googling hotels in Hawaii and the cost of airfare to the Florida Keys.

So I guess I haven’t had my fill of travel this summer. But I did leave Georgia with my fill of fabulous desserts, courtesy of my Aunt Darlene. (You’re watching her on The American Baking Competition, right?!) She made mini-cheesecakes and gorgeous stenciled cookies and brownies topped with gold leaf for my cousin’s wedding. Oh, and there was cake too, of course. And then the next day, we got to eat the rejects–more cookies, more brownies, and orange blossom macarons. So! Much! Food! Bingeing on sweets is always the best motivation for getting back on track with my diet. When we were leaving Savannah, I told Chris that all I wanted was salad.

“For lunch?”

“No, for the next month.”

Spring Berry Salad
I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m really picky when it comes to salads. I don’t like dressings made with dairy, iceberg lettuce makes me cringe, and raw tomatoes are gross. But I always enjoy salads made with fresh berries. It’s like a fruit salad, guest starring greens. I used red and yellow strawberries from my garden in this salad and supplemented them with fat, juicy blackberries and sweet little blueberries.

Spring Berry Salad with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette
After buying lemon verbena at Herbfest this year, I found myself unsure of how I could use it, aside from making soap. (And then I started singing “How do you solve a problem like verbena?” whenever I went outside to water the plants. I have issues.) I thought I’d try making it into a lemon verbena vinaigrette; the first time, I chopped the verbena, but since the leaves are a little bit poke-y, that wasn’t the best idea. So I ended up pureeing the dressing in my Vitamix until the leaves were completely pulverized. The vinaigrette has a lemony, slightly herbal taste, with a tart kick from the champagne vinegar–it’s not a sweet dressing, but that’s okay because you’ve already got the sweetness from the berries in this salad.
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42 Comments

  • Reply
    angela @ another bite please
    June 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

    i love those yellow strawberries! i haven’t used lemon verbena before…and love trying new things so can’t wait to try this!!!! and love any reason to use my vitamix!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      June 13, 2013 at 7:48 am

      I know, I always get excited when I use my Vitamix too. It’s the only small kitchen appliance I have that’s fun to use. 🙂

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    Brenda Williams
    July 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    This salad is a work of art…so beautiful! Never used lemon verbena either. You are the most creative person ever!

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