For three weeks now, I’ve been crazy over local blackberries! They are so tasty on their own, I rarely have enough left to make something fun! So, this week I bought two pints instead of one. Oh the possibilities! Fruit crisp, muffins, pie… oh my!
I love summer berries as dessert, but I actually prefer to keep it simple. Think smoothies, berries + yogurt + drizzle of honey = YUM! I want the star of the show to be fresh fruit. I also picked up some first of the season peaches at the market this week, so I certainly see smoothies in my near future! This weekend though, these HUGE blackberries went into a main entrée summer salad.
Step One: Lemon Thyme Chicken
If you are in a hurry and already have leftover chicken on hand, use it! But I really love my lemon thyme herb pot; I think it has a nice light summer flavor.
Season chicken breasts to taste with the following:
Salt and Freshly ground pepper
Paprika (for color!)
Fresh Lemon Thyme
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used 1/2 a lemon for 3 breasts)
Bake at 325* F until juices run clear. I would have loved to grill these, but, we haven’t invested in a grill yet. If you try it be sure to let me know how it is! I actually over cooked our chicken a little because I forgot about it. Set a timer if you need to.
Step Two: Blackberry Vinaigrette
Okay, so this step is a bit messy, and not for those of you in a hurry. But – it sure was worth it!
Ingredients: (these are estimates, I didn’t actually measure anything, so go by taste!)
1 Pint Blackberries
1/4 cup red onion
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp. honey
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar ( I also used Pear infused Vinegar)
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Using a food processor, puree pint of blackberries.
- Here’s where it gets messy, using a mesh sieve (or piece of nylon) strain the blackberry juice from the pulp and seeds. Take your time and wear an apron. Set juice aside.
- Rinse out food processor. Pulse red onions garlic, honey and vinegar. Add blackberry juice and olive oil, process.
- Transfer to serving container. A jelly jar works fine.