So, I’ve made it to Texas.
I’ve been hunkered down here in this big ol’ house, hanging pictures, decorating, arranging the kitchen. It’s been 12 days now – but it seems like so much less. Time is FLYING. Soon, Seven and my mom will be here (one week from today!) and we JUST got their rooms ready. Or mostly ready. I mean, there are beds in each room and they are made, so that counts for something, right?
Just say yes.
I’ve also been actually WORKING again – posting and recipe creating, taking food photos, editing, emailing, twittering. It almost feels like I am back to being myself, or at least a version of myself. So… it feels good.
And so does this salad.
I made this Mixed Greens and Blueberry Salad last week for a brand you may or may not have heard of: Wyman’s of Maine. Wyman’s is a frozen fruit company based out of Maine, and luckily, they picked ME out of the vast internet to create a recipe for them using their flash frozen wild blueberries.
I do adore blueberries. So sweet and tart and juicy and BLUE. They go with just about everything (including banana bread, which I will someday tell you about, dear goodness was that a great experiment.) And? They certainly make THIS salad.
Fresh greens are easy to come by all year round, and most of you will already have all of the necessary ingredients to whip this dressing into fruition. You may, however, need to run to to market to grab the berries – both fresh AND frozen, as you will want both. Oh, and don’t forget the candied pecans and goat cheese. Here at my house, those are staples…but MY here is not your own here, and perhaps you don’t keep such things at the ready. That’s okay. We are all still friends. Just buy them!
Mixed Greens & Blueberry Salad
makes 2 salads
- 2-3 cups Mixed Greens
- 1/3 cup candied pecans
- 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup fresh blueberries
- Wild Blueberry Dressing, to taste
Place greens in salad bowl and top with remaining ingredients. Drizzle dressing as desired. Serve immediately.
Wild Blueberry Dressing
- 1/2 cup Wyman’s Wild Blueberries, pureed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
- 1 Tbsp. Poppy Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 1/4 Cup Vinegar
Combine all ingredients. Keep refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to one week. Shake well before using; refrigerate leftovers until needed. (Makes much more than 2 salads worth.)
Wyman’s of Maine
So let’s delve into this Wyman’s company a bit, shall we? As I mentioned, Wyman’s is a frozen fruit company, so, look for them in the grocery freezers. They offer a great variety of flash frozen fruit, which means the fruit in the package was captured at its peak, and then quickly frozen to lock all of that goodness in. And now it’s in YOUR hands, to create fabulous recipes that perhaps you couldn’t have before, because the fruit you needed was out of season, or looked funny on the shelf, or because really, you just didn’t feel like washing another piece of fruit. I know, I know, somedays it is just TOO MUCH. Wyman’s is your little gift.
Wyman’s of Maine is the largest U.S. owned wild blueberry grower and processor, offering a line of wild blueberry products and complementary frozen fruit products through retailers, foodservice and industrial distributors throughout the country. Wyman’s is a family-owned business started in 1874 and now farms 11,000 acres in Maine, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada. Wyman’s remains committed to sustainability through stewarding natural and human resources. Some of their efforts include enhancing and protecting their soil, water and air, improving the welfare of their employees and their rural communities, and helping the small farms that sell to Wyman’s.
They also have a dedicated focus on the protection of honeybees, the pollinators that sustain their farms. All fresh fruit is IQF (Individual Quick Frozen) processed within 24 hours of harvest, locking in fresh fruit flavor and character in a state of the art processing system. Wyman’s products can be found in the freezer section of a variety of retailers nationally.
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Wymans’s of Maine. All thoughts and opinions are my own.