Blackberry and Edible Flower Salad with Honey Goat Cheese

Fresh garden greens and edible pansy flowers are paired with Oregon blackberries, honey goat cheese, honey baked walnuts and blackberry vinaigrette. This Blackberry and Edible Flower Salad with Honey Goat Cheese is the perfect summer salad side dish for baked or grilled salmon.

Recipe by Jenni Bost

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For the Blackberry Vinaigrette

1 Cup of Blackberries (frozen works best)
¼ Cup granulated sugar
1/8 Cup of water
1 Tablespoon of honey
freshly squeezed juice of ½ lemon
½ Cup of olive oil
¼ Cup of apple cider vinegar
Salt & Pepper

For the Salad

7 Cups of spring greens
1 Cup of pea shoot micro greens
12-18 pansy flowers
¼ Cup of honey goat cheese pulled into small chunks
½ Cup of honey walnuts
1 pint of fresh Oregon blackberries, rinsed
Blackberry Vinaigrette (see above)


Blackberry Vinaigrette Steps

Step 1
Put the blackberries, water, and sugar into a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat on a stove-top. Stir occasionally. Cook approximately 10 minutes, or when the blackberries have been cooked down.

Step 2
Strain the blackberry mixture through a fine-mesh sieve saving the liquid.

Step 3
Mix 1/4 cup of the blackberry syrup, with the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 cup of olive oil, tablespoon of honey, and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Shake the mixture well. Add salt and pepper to taste, shaking well in between additions of seasoning.


Salad Assembly Steps

Step 1
Rinse all greens and dry well. Be careful not to bruise the greens in the rinsing/drying process. Use a salad spinner with a paper towel in it to spin off the water after rinsing.

Step 2
Toss the spring greens and micro greens together in your serving bowl.

Step 3
Disperse the honey walnuts, blackberries, and honey goat cheese throughout the salad.

Step 4
Top with pansy flowers.

Step 5
You can pre-dress the salad, or serve the dressing on the side and allow everyone to dress their own portion. The dressing will weigh down the pansy flowers if you pre-dress and some people prefer less dressing while others prefer more.