Arugula with Blackberries and Chèvre

Arugula With Blackberries
I think I have may have mentioned before how our lettuce in the garden is done. Well that wasn’t completely true. You see, somehow we managed to miss the packet of arugula seeds when planting the garden. So I planted them a while ago and now we have arugula! It won’t last long since the temps are up on the 90s so I am enjoying it as often as possible.

Over the weekend we also had our first blackberries. It wasn’t enough to do much, especially since Jack kept eating them while I was trying to pick them without getting too scratched up! It was enough, however, to put on a wonderful salad with arugula. I have had it a couple of times this week it is so simple and delicious.

Arugula with Blackberries

Arugula with Blackberries

As I was getting ready to make a dressing I remembered my stash of goodies. My mom went to visit my brother in Seattle back in March for his birthday and brought me back food. What else would I want?! I have a sampler of infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars, plus something else that will remain a surprise until I am inspired. Anyway, one of the balsamic vinegars is blackberry ginger flavored. Perfect for my salad!  You  could easily use regular basmaic vinegar in its place.

I also had a mango pineapple chèvre which was wonderful in the salad, but regular or honey chevre would also be wonderful.  This is a pretty easy “recipe”.  Make enough for one salad or four.  Whatever your needs and likes are.  I myself put lots of blackberries on mine.  Perhaps I was a selfish mom, I didn’t share any of the blackberries with the kids!  Don’t worry, I will make it up to them.  I’m taking them foraging this weekend to some bushes I have scoped out, lots of berries ready for the picking!

Arugula with Blackberries

Arugula with Blackberries and Chevre
Arugula, washed
Blackberries, washed
Chèvre, flavor of your choice
Sesame seeds or another nut/seed of choice for crunch

For the Dressing
1/4 c. olive oil
Juice of one lemon
1 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously. Toss the arugula with as much or little dressing as needed. Place the dressed arugula on plate(s), top with blackberries, chevre and seeds/nuts. Enjoy!

15 thoughts on “Arugula with Blackberries and Chèvre

  1. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

    Gretchen, LOVE the fancy vinegar and ripened chévre – and gorgeous berries. Is this Bucherondin? Or Humbolt Fog? Such a great dish. I just finished as salad of baby greens, roasted beets, tomatoes, oranges and chévre. I found some amazing fig vinaigrette and 10 year balsamic of Modena online and had a hard time decided which to pour over the salad, along with a great EVOO. We continue to be foodie kindred spirits!!! – Shanna

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I can’t remember the brand of the cheese anymore. I want to say it was from Missouri for some reason. I just finished it today and will hunt down some more when I am in the mountains next week. We also love the blueberry vanilla chèvre from TJ’s. It makes a fabulous crepe! That sale sound great, fig vinaigrette…yum! Nowhere did you find that?

  2. Liz

    The blackberry infused balsamic vinegar sounds delicious, and the addition of mango pineapple flavoured chèvre sounds equally delicious. This is the sort of dessert I would really enjoy eating. Thanks so much for sharing and giving me ideas for my next salad!

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      It really was wonderful! I found the cheese in the mountains and am now out. Lucky for me the boys and I head up there Sunday evening! It truly was delicious. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Thanks! It was not only colorful but also yummy! We just picked a half gallon blackberries this morning, I have all the scratches to prove it too

  3. Liz

    wow–a fancy pants salad that is really very simple 🙂 Love the flavor combos (pineapple chevre? Woohoo!) and really love that you grow blackberries. How yummy is your backyard 😀


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