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Red, White, and Blueberry Salad

Salty feta cheese, sweet blueberries, red pepper, and jicama stars sparkle patriotic in this red, white, and blueberry salad. On top of torn salad greens, with crunchy celery and raw white corn kernels, this salad’s flavors and textures play against each other like no other. For the simplest dressing there is, let everyone drizzle on as much fruity olive oil and vinegar as they like.

Red, White, and Blueberry Salad | Letty's Kitchen

Last week, as my girlfriend sprinkled blueberries and feta on top of her fresh-picked garden green salad, I snapped a quick photo for Instagram and Facebook. A FB friend’s comment about patriotic colors inspired this healthy salad, just in time for America’s Independence Day party.

It seemed like a brilliant idea to arrange red pepper stripes, with alternating lines of feta cheese, the blueberries and jicama stars in the left corner, but I decided everything looks prettier mumble-jumble, like fireworks instead of attempted flag. What do you think?
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Now, you could run with the flag theme and assemble your patriotic salad in a large rectangle pan. But then again, it will all get mixed up anyway, like this year’s US presidential election.

Either way, this salad is quick to put together and easy for a buffet. Set out a fruity, slightly sweet vinegar to balance the salty feta cheese. And for sure, choose a high quality extra virgin olive oil.

plated Red, White, and Blueberry Salad

Just before this post went out, the light bulb went off above my head–hello-o-o… why didn’t I decorate this salad with jicama stars? I’ve placed stars on Christmas salads and jicama hearts on valentine salads—where was my brain?

So at first you might not have seen stars. What you see now are new photos, jicama cut into stars, white jicama stars spangling this red, white, and blueberry salad! Ahh, the beauty of a blog–you can change things when a better idea pops into your head!

Red, White, and Blueberry Salad recipe notes:

  • Utah’s Slide Ridge Honey Wine Vinegar is wonderful with red, white, and blueberry salad. Trader Joe’s orange muscat champagne vinegar works well with the feta and berries too, though it does have added sugar.
  • My stylish friend set out two vinegars she bought at Mountain Town Olive Oil. One was a blackberry ginger balsamic and the other a cranberry pear balsamic. So good.
  • I’m lusting over the sleek red olive oil dispenser she puts on the table. The olive oil bottle I put on the table might be considered tacky, but it doesn’t take away from the awesome salad. 😉
  • For jicama stars, peel the jicama, and cut a piece off the bottom so the jicama stands on its side. Carefully slice 1/8-inch thick rounds, and cut with a 2-inch star-shape cookie cutter. If you don’t have a star cookie cutter, just cut jicama in lengths about the same size as the red pepper.

Wishing you a fabulous holiday–get in the kitchen and cook something delicious!

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Red, White, and Blueberry Salad
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Red, White, and Blueberry Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Blueberries, red pepper and jicama give this salad its patriotic colors. Use a star cookie cutter for the jicama, or keep it simpler and just cut the jicama in strips--either way it rings red, white and blue.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings.
Author: Letty Flatt | Letty's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 5 or 6 ounces organic mixed lettuces
  • 1 stalk celery , cut in ¼-inch pieces
  • Kernels from 1 ear sweet white corn
  • 1 large jicama , peeled and cut in stars or 1/4-inch matchsticks
  • 1 red bell pepper , cut lengthwise, about 1/4-inch wide
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 6 ounces feta cheese , crumbled
  • Fruity vinegar , as needed
  • Fruity olive oil , as needed
Instructions
  1. Tear the lettuce into smaller pieces. Put in a serving bowl and sprinkle with the celery and corn.
  2. Scatter (or arrange how you want) the red pepper, blueberries, jicama, and crumbled feta cheese. Serve with fruity vinegar and extra virgin olive oil on the side.

3 comments

  • A beautiful “Star Spangled” salad. GREG Reply · 4 July, 2016

    • cre8d

      Thanks Greg. The flavor combo is fun too! Reply · 6 July, 2016

      • Looks like Stephen, my website coder was logged on when I answered your comment Greg! Reply · 13 July, 2016

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