July Blueberry Month

Somethin’ Good is Always Cookin’

Blueberry & Watermelon Salad with Marinated Feta

Your selection of favorite salads just got upgraded.  This salad is so simple to make and sure to impress.  The juicy blueberries and watermelon pair perfectly with refreshing cucumber and tangy marinated feta.

 

⅓ cup cubed feta cheese

⅓cup thinly sliced red onion

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp lemon zest

2 tbsp lemon juice

pinch of hot pepper flakes

2 cups cubed seedless watermelon

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 cup chopped cucumber

¼ cup loosely packed, thinly sliced fresh basil

 

Toss together feta, red onion, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and hot pepper flakes.  Let stand for 10 minutes.

Toss together watermelon, blueberries, cucumber and basil, transfer to small serving platter.  Top with feta mixture.

Variations: Substitute mint for basil if desired.  Substitute lime for lemon if desired.

 

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake Bites

When you really need breakfast to be on-the-go, grab some blueberry pancake bites.  Pro tip:  Don’t skimp on fresh blueberries—the more the merrier to make these blueberry pancake bites burst with flavor.

 

1¼cups flour

3 Tbs. sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

¾ cup whole buttermilk

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 Tbs. butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup fresh blueberries

2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar

¼tsp. ground cinnamon (or sprinkle confectioners’ sugar on top and leave out the cinnamon)

1½ cups maple syrup for dipping

 

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Spray 24 mini muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.

In medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Stir in buttermilk, egg, melted butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth and blended.  Let stand 5 minutes to thicken slightly.

Pour batter into prepared mini muffin cups, filling each cup ¾ full.  Top each with 3-4 blueberries.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden.  Run sharp knife around edges to loosen.  Let stand in pan 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.

Combine confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over tops of pancake bites, if desired.  Serve with maple syrup for dipping.

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