Nectarine-Blueberry Summer Salad

November 22, 2016 By:
20 mins
In my house, the store-bought salad dressings might as well have our individual names on them. No one's favorite is the same. But when I make dressings from scratch, that's what becomes everyone's new favorite. My 9-year-old used to love raspberry vinaigrette - pretty much any brand - right off the shelf. Today, he's a convert to my nectarine-blueberry dressing concoction. The fresh taste may change the minds of my ranch- and honey-mustard-loving other dining companions. And the feta and onions in the salad balance the sweetness of the fruit. Here's how to make a fruity summer salad the whole family will love.


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  1. Wash and cut the nectarines. Pit and chop the first nectarine into 1/2-inch pieces for the salad. Pit and quarter the other nectarine for the dressing.
  2. Place the quartered nectarine in a blender or smoothie maker. Add 1 cup (or about half) of the blueberries. Wait to blend until after you add the liquid.
  3. Zest the orange and set the zest aside. Then add the juice from the orange, vinegar, sugar and cardamom to the blender. Blend about 30 seconds or until well-mixed. Then add the olive oil and blend another 30 seconds. Allow it to rest while you make the rest of the salad so the flavors combine.
  4. Place a layer of field greens in a large bowl and top with a handful nectarine pieces, blueberries, feta cheese, radish pieces and a few slices of shallots. Repeat until you fill the bowl and end with the toppings over the greens. Sprinkle the orange zest over the top of the salad. Serve immediately.
  5. Pour the dressing from the blender into a cruet and serve it on the side so guests can add the amount they'd like.
  6. Serve with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.