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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Red White and Blue Salad for the 4th!



I am proud to be an American!  

Proud American
This is a great country, providing us with freedom and rights ~ the founders of America realized our God given rights when they wrote the Constitution.

The 4th of July is the perfect day to show your patriotism from fireworks, to your outfit, to good food for the day; which, segues to this delicious patriotic looking salad…

This tasty little salad is similar to Caprese Salad, substituting blueberries for basil.  This would be an excellent use for any fresh tomatoes from your garden, I use grape tomatoes because of their sweetness and small size.  

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The light,  lemony vinaigrette brings the tomatoes, mozzarella and berries all together.  I go heavy on the ground pepper, and like more garlic, so make it with 3 cloves, minced.  If it’s too lemony tasting for you, whisk in more oil. You can prep the ingredients ahead of time, but do not add the vinaigrette until just before serving.

It’s a colorful salad full of good flavor to accompany your grilled ribs, burgers, or chicken!

Red White and Blue Salad

Ingredients:
1 quart grape tomatoes, halved, or your favorite tomato
1 cup blueberries 
10 ounces mozzarella, cut into bite-size pieces

For the vinaigrette:
Juice of 1 lemon (about 2-3 tablespoons)
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1-3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Method:
Combine tomatoes, mozzarella and blueberries in a bowl.
Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients in another bowl.
Add to tomato mixture and toss to coat all.
Season with salt and pepper. 
Serve

ENJOY!   


HERE’S WISHING YOU ALL A

SAFE, FUN 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY!



God Bless the USA




~ Pam


35 comments:

  1. Looks like a tasty treat for the holiday!

    Enjoy!

    M : )

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! It is. Happy 4th to you and Mr. Ken!

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  2. Hi Pam.. Hmmm, I would have never put tomatoes and blueberries together...but....this is now a must try. I'm guessing it makes for a gorgeous salad... Not to mention a tasty meal.. Enjoy the 4th

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    1. Hi Shug! The same here, but it works somehow! Happy 4th!

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  3. A great salad. The dressing sounds delicious. I will have to make it for the upcoming holiday. Thanks for sharing and I hope you and your family have a happy fourth.

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    1. Thanks, Geraldine! Happy 4th to you and your family!

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  4. what a creative combination I love this!

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    1. Hi Claudia! Thanks, we really like it!

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  5. Pam, Nice salad to go with the BBQ. Don't think that I've ever had blueberries in a salad but it looks and sounds like I should give it a try! Have a terrific Independence Day! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave! I never have before either, but the blueberries are good in this, not a strong taste and just right for the lemon dressing. Happy 4th your way!

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  6. Nice, Pam. Once again, opening your blog is a jolt of refreshing. I really like the new layout.

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  7. Dear Pam, A beautiful salad!! It would be perfect with some crusty bread for dipping in the delicious dressing.
    Have a very Happy 4th of July!! Blessings dear. xoxo Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! Yes, that dressing is tasty! Happy 4th to you also! Hugs

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  8. Hi Pam, that salad look very refreshing and inviting. Nice pictures.

    Happy 4th July and have a wonderful weekend, regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Thanks, Amelia! You have a great weekend celebrating! Take care

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  9. What a fun idea for a salad, Pam! All my favorite flavors and favorite colors. Have a great 4th!

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    1. Barbara, thanks! I like the colors too! Happy 4th!

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  10. Have fun!
    So many creative July 4th ideas..

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    1. Nana, yes there are, it's amazing!

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  11. Hi Pam, I bet this salad is delicious, love the red, white and blue.....very patriotic. Happy Fourth to you!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Cheri! Happy 4th to you!

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  12. Love the looks and flavors of this salad. Thanks for the great recipe and have a Happy 4th!

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    1. Thanks, Marguerite! Have a Happy 4th your way, also!

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  13. oh PAM! Never thought of using blueberries for something like this ~ and to think I have cherry tomatoes & a couple of quarts of blueberries in my fridge...guess I know what I need to make for tomorrow's picnic!!!! As always, you are amazing and have just the thing for us :)
    Have a super 4th of July!!!
    Karla & Karrie

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    1. Thanks Karla & Karrie, you girls always amaze me! The salad's really good, good vinaigrette. Hope you try it and like it.! Happy 4th!

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  14. Hope you have a wonderful 4th, Pam! What a great combination of flavors in this salad and how perfect for the 4th.

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  15. Love your new banner! This salad looks perfect for summer...adding the blueberries sounds like an interesting combo. Have a happy and blessed 4th!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! Need a change now and then. :-) Hope you have a great 4th!

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  16. Love your new banner! This salad looks perfect for summer...adding the blueberries sounds like an interesting combo. Have a happy and blessed 4th!

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  17. What a great salad for 4th of July. I like the addition of the blueberries.

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  18. What a great idea! Truly patriotic (and yummy)!

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  19. Hope you had a great 4th of July celebration, Pam. Love your salad!

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  20. Fruit and cheese - yes please! Very nice patriotic salad! Hope you enjoyed your 4th holiday!

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