Blackberry and Roasted Fennel Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

blackberry saladBlackberry and Roasted Fennel Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

 

Happy New Year! I’m back to “work” after taking a short holiday reprieve. It wasn’t planned – in fact, I had a few recipes up my sleeve for Christmas – but once my family arrived it was just so nice to kick back and not think about anything but presents and what we’re going to eat next. And like always, we overate and overindulged – heavenly!

For Christmas dinner I made this Roasted Double Rack of Pork with Morel Mushroom Pan Sauce. It was very easy make and was a big hit. The pork isn’t too expensive compared to other cuts which balanced out the hefty price tag of the morels. Probably not something I’d make every day but a nice holiday or dinner party choice.

After all that indulgence, it’s time to get back into some healthier eating! I’m really into all things blackberry right now (they’re on sale everywhere – at least in my area – so I’ve been stocking up). I love combining the sweet, tart blackberry with more savory flavors; they’re a great pairing to pork and are delicious on a cheese plate. I’ve also been adding them to granola and yogurt in the morning for a healthy blackberry breakfast!

This blackberry salad packs a lot of flavor and is a fabulous way to eat healthier. If you haven’t tried fennel before this is a great introduction. Roasting it brings out a sweetness and mellows it a bit, making it a nice contrast to the blackberry. I like to roast the fennel and make the dressing in advance, then all I have to to is assemble it and mix in the blackberry and blue cheese. This is one of those salads has all the components I love: it’s healthy yet filling, yet it’s gourmet enough that I feel like I’m spoiling myself.

Wishing everyone their best year yet for 2012! Cheers!



Comments

  1. says

    This salad looks amazing! Totally healthy and delicious. I'll have to remember to pick up some blackberries next time I go out. Definitely gonna try this one! :) Happy new year!

  2. Gladiz says

    What a great mix of flavors. I'm definitely clipping this to play around with when I start bringing blackberries and fennel out from my garden this year!

    • Danielle says

      I have some fennel and green beans that I’m going to try together now that I’ve read your post. I don’t have the rest of the ingredients around, but the fennel was left from a risotto recipe and I need to use it up.

  3. Grace says

    Happy New Year! Nothing like a little overindulgence right before all the New Year's resolutions for healthy eating kick in :)

  4. Ellie says

    I'm totally with you on digging blackberries! There's a great winery around here that does blackberry wine – I'm not much of a drinker, but I love it.

  5. Iona J. says

    Blackberries are definitely a huge flavor enhancer. I haven’t tried blackberries until recently. They don’t look like they would taste good; I always assumed they would be sour. Once I tried them, they weren’t sour at all. They were sweeter than raspberries! A definite surprise. Anyway, this dessert looks delicious! I must try it :)

  6. Chef Gordon Ramsey says

    I am always looking for great salad recipes. All I've ever eaten growing up was the typical tossed salad; lettuce, tomato, radishes, carrots, cucumbers mixed with thousand island or italian dressing. So now that I am married and cooking for my pregnant wife, I am always trying to introduce healthy great tasting salads into her diet.

  7. Megan Turnbull says

    This salad looks so good! I've attempted salads with blackberries before but never anything that looks as great as this!

  8. Kati @ FiberPlus says

    Blackberries are one of my favorite fiber-licious treats and I love how you incorporate them into this salad. It looks simply amazing!

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