Summer fruits are just beginning to show up at local farmers markets and what better way to celebrate than with a colorful berry salad. I've tried a few similar recipes before, but the dressing was never sweet enough for me to counteract the tartness of the berries. This lavender olive oil based vinaigrette seems to strike just the right balance. This is a great salad on it's own but would also be lovely over plain greek yogurt, on top of ice cream, or even on a bed of greens tossed in the same dressing.
Many times, one ingredient makes or breaks a recipe. In this case, the lavender olive oil from A L'Olivier is a standout. The essential oil of fresh dried lavender from the fields of Provence is blended with delicate extra virgin olive oil for a subtle, summery flavor. Neither overwhelming nor flowery, you'll appreciate this unique oil and like myself, your mind will be racing with what other foods it will compliment.
Lavender Infused Berry Salad
- 2 tbsp A L'Olivier Lavender Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Richard's Pure, Raw Honey
- 1 tsp Cavalli Balsamic Condiment of Reggio Emilia
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, quartered if large
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
- fresh mint leaves, to garnish
Add all berries to a large bowl. Add the oil, honey, and vinegar to a small bowl. Whisk together until completely combined. Pour the dressing over the berries and toss to coat. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve immediately. Can be kept refrigerated for a day or two, depending on the ripeness of your berries.