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Author Notes: Many years ago, I stopped buying pre-made salad dressings and started creating my own small batches fresh for the salad I wanted to eat at the time. Ever since then, all kinds of vinegars have been part of my pantry arsenal. While on a vacation in Portland, Maine one year, I found an unusual blueberry vinegar to bring home as a souvenir. While this vinegar is not something I can use for just any salad, it should work well whenever a balsamic is called for. I made this salad to bring over for a July 4th picnic. The blueberry vinegar really shines in this salad alongside salty blue cheese, earthy quinoa and sweet blueberries. —NakedBeet
- 4 tablespoons blueberry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon walnut oil
- dashes salt and pepper
- 2/3 cup uncooked red quinoa
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 5 ounces blue cheese
- 3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- Before cooking the quinoa, soak it in some cold water to rinse off some of its natural bitterness.
- Mix the dressing together and set aside. Cut the blue cheese, mint and place this in with all the blueberries into a large bowl.
- Once you drain the quinoa, cool it off till it is slightly warm and pour the blueberry vinaigrette and mix that through.
- Let the quinoa cool down some more before mixing in the cheese, blueberries and mint (otherwise your blue cheese will melt.)
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Vinegar
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Cereal