Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fresh Berries with a Mint Vinaigrette

I am in love with this salad. I have been making it every single week for the past month and can't imagine ever being sick of it. It is so fresh, healthy, and flavorful....what's not to love? A girl in my neighborhood is going to culinary art school and she taught a cooking class about cooking with herbs. Best class I ever took!!

  • 3 cups mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberried, and/or blackberries - hulled and quartered (it tastes great with only strawberries too)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • About 10 mint leaves
In a large bowl, toss together the berries. In a blender, combine the mint, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Blend until smooth. Pour the mint mixture over the berries, stir together. Top with a light sprinkle of lemon zest and mint leaves.

Simple Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Take pan off heat and cool the syrup. (Any extra syrup can be saved in an airtight container in the fridge).


Katerina said...

This sounds lovely! Do you let it sit on the berries at all or serve it right away?

My favorite simple fruit salad is grapefruit, orange and basil. So simple so good.

Lisa K said...

I let it sit for about 20 minutes or so. It can sit for hours and still taste great though.

Cassie said...

Wow, this sounds delicious. So refreshing!

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