Blueberry vinaigrette salad dressing is the perfect way to add mouthwatering flavor to all of your favorite summer salads. It's light and refreshing, perfect for warm weather! Plus, you'll only need five minutes and a handful of ingredients to make this simple, healthy recipe.
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Celebrate blueberry season with this easy vinaigrette, it's really delicious and also very pretty. It features bright purple and blue hues that look stunning and add excitement to a simple salad. Vibrant food always tastes better for some reason!
I love homemade dressings because you can pack them full of nutritious ingredients that will benefit your body! Plus, they're so quick and easy to make. There's really no downside.
Health Benefits Of Blueberry Salad Dressing
Blueberries are full of antioxidants (that's why they have such intense color). They also contain lots of potassium and vitamin C. These sweet berries are a great addition to a healthy diet! (source: webmd).
Extra virgin olive oil is another key ingredient in this fruity dressing, and it also contains a lot of antioxidants along with healthy fats, vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties! (source: healthline)
Ingredients For Blueberry Dressing
- Fresh blueberries: Sweet and ripe, the star ingredient for our dressing! *Note: frozen blueberries can be used in lieu of fresh. I would recommend letting them thaw out a little before blending.
- Olive oil: Hearty extra virgin olive oil adds great flavor to this dressing. You can also use avocado oil, grapeseed oil or a blend.
- Vinegar: White wine (or red wine) vinegar. Apple cider vinegar or balsamic will also work.
- Sweetener: Agave, honey or maple syrup (I typically use agave)!
- Garlic: Whole, fresh cloves.
- Dijon mustard: Whole grain or ground (both garlic and mustard act as emulsifiers in this dressing which means they help bind oil and vinegar together).
- Salt & black pepper: I use one half teaspoon of each. Taste test and add a little more if desired.
How To Make Blueberry Vinaigrette
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- Start by rinsing berries, then pat dry.
- Measure all ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor. My ninja blender (pictured below) came with a cup that can be used for individual smoothies. It just so happens to work perfectly for salad dressings!
- Puree on high for 30-60 seconds until smooth.
- Drizzle on all of your favorite salads and enjoy!
How To Serve
- Enjoy your blueberry dressing with a Simple Garden Salad! I prefer to serve it on the side, along with a few other dressing options.
- Drizzle it on this amazing Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad.
- You might also consider adding a little of your vinaigrette to this Fresh Burrata Caprese Salad.
- Keep things super simple: mix up some fresh salad greens or baby spinach with blue cheese crumbles and pine nuts! Top with your vibrant dressing for an easy dinner side dish.
- Use your blueberry dressing as a dip for crunchy Almond Crusted Chicken.
Berries: Use this recipe as a formula for all kinds of fruity dressings. Use different types of berries like raspberries, strawberries or blackberries as a substitute for blueberries (or try a mix)!
Oil: You can reduce the amount of oil used in this recipe if you want a lower calorie dressing (or leave it out all together). I've tried this recipe without oil and it was still delicious, though the texture was a little different and the dressing did solidify in the refrigerator overnight. I was able to thin it back out by whisking in some additional vinegar.
Vinegar: If you like a thinner dressing, you can add extra vinegar or a splash of water to this recipe. I recommend adding just one teaspoon at a time so you don't overdo it. Stop once you've reached your desired texture!
Sweetener: Prefer an extra-sweet dressing? Feel free to add more agave, honey or maple syrup. And on the flip side, add less if you like it more tart.
How To Store Leftovers
Transfer leftover blueberry salad dressing to an airtight container or lidded mason jar. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and give it a good shake before each use.
Frequently Asked Questions
I especially love adding crumbled goat and feta cheese to salads with blueberry dressing. Blue cheese or white cheddar are also delicious. One time, in a pinch, I paired this vinaigrette with queso fresco and it was very tasty!
A vinaigrette is a type of salad dressing typically made with oil, vinegar of choice, and an emulsifier like mustard, mayo, garlic or honey. The emulsifying ingredient binds the oil and vinegar together.
In general, I'd say it's pretty healthy! Vinaigrette's tend to be fairly low calorie while still flavor packed. Plus, they're easy to make at home which means fresh ingredients and fewer preservatives.
Absolutely. For a creamier dressing, I recommend adding a spoonful of Greek yogurt.
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Blueberry Vinaigrette Dressing (5 Minutes)
- 1 cup fresh blueberries *see note below
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil *or oil of choice
- ⅓ cup white wine vinegar *see note below
- Juice from 1 large lemon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard *see note below
Recipe notes:Blueberries: frozen berries will work, just let them thaw first! White wine vinegar: red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar will also work. Dijon mustard: I like to use whole grain, but finely ground is fine! General: If you're not worried about making this dressing dairy free, you can add a spoonful of Greek yogurt for some extra creaminess.
- Rinse blueberries and pat dry.
- Add blueberries, olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, ground black pepper and Dijon mustard to a blender.1 cup fresh blueberries, 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, ⅓ cup white wine vinegar, Juice from 1 large lemon, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Puree on high for 30-60 seconds until smooth.
- Add dressing to all of your favorite salads and enjoy!
- Transfer dressing to an airtight container or mason jar. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and shake well before each use.
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