This salad recipe is all about the berries. However, it’s also not what you might think.
It’s simple (made with under 10 ingredients), yet uniquely flavorful. More savory than sweet, and eager to be brought along on your next picnic. It’s creamy without the dairy, with a slight “kick” from the optional cayenne. The best thing about this vegan raspberry vinaigrette is that it showcases the versatility of berries in non-dessert recipes. The tart cherry tomatoes and the flavorful arugula leaves are accentuated by the dressing rather than over-powered.
Arugula Salad, Featuring Oregon Berries
Makes 2-3 servings
2 cups arugula lettuce
1/4 cup sliced homegrown or non-GMO cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh-picked Oregon berries (blackberries)
Place the arugula in a bowl or on a plate, and top with the sliced cherry tomatoes + blackberries in an aesthetically-pleasing arrangement of your choosing.
for the Vinaigrette
1/2 cup home-grown, wild, or store-bought (fresh or frozen) Oregon berries
1/4 cup hulled sesame seeds
1 red bell pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 Tbsp dry roasted sunflower seeds (see recipe here)
1/16 tsp pink Himalayan salt, sea salt, or any or salt, to taste
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup water
*For it to “gel” like a store-bought dressing, add a pinch of chia seeds to the mix before blending.
Juice the lime into the blender pitcher or food processor. If using frozen berries, either drain liquid from thawing or use in place of the water required for this recipe (to give it an extra berry “kick”). Add all other ingredients for the dressing, and blend until smooth. Transfer carefully from the blender pitcher or food processor, into a device for pouring salad dressing like this one (featured in the photo below) that the Oregon Berry Commission sent me. *The Oregon Berry Commission also purchased the ingredients used in the development of this recipe.
Pour that deliciously tart and sweet-savory raspberry (better than its dairy product alternative) dressing over that spicy-delicious arugula and farmer’s market or homegrown heirloom cherry tomatoes.
And that’s it. Now go forth and celebrate Oregon. You know you want to.