Blueberry and Cucumber Salad


It’s high season for freshly-picked blueberries which runs from mid-June to mid-August.  When I shop for blueberries at the local farmer’s market, I search for  firm, plump dry berries with smooth skins with a silvery sheen.  I also always refrigerated the blueberries as soon as I get them, transferring them from their tight containers to a covered bowl where they have room to breath, and not grow mold.

Blueberries always have a reserved spot on our refrigerator shelf because, in addition to their sweet delectable flavor and visual appeal, they are jam-packed with good nutrition too!  Virtually fat free, they’re a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C and an excellent source of manganese.  And, since the USDA claims we should be eating 2 cups of fruit per day, blueberries help make that an easy goal since there are myriad ways to eat them.

My son loves them sprinkled in his morning yogurt, my daughter loves blueberry pancakes, and I’ve just started making blueberry smoothies. Oh, and who could forget Mom’s Blueberry Brunch Cake!

Since it’s officially summertime, and we’re all about enjoying the harvest of fresh fruits and veggies available from the garden (or farm), we’re also focusing on light, refreshing, hassle-free dishes.  A summer salad containing blueberries, cucumbers and feta cheese sounds simple yet heavenly.   And, since I’m about to plant cucumbers and cilantro in my garden, I can’t wait to not  travel past my back yard for most of the ingredients.  Can it get any easier?

Sliced cucumbers for the salad

When working with blueberries, make sure you know the basics (I didn’t):

  • Fresh blueberries are available year-round.  You can buy North American blueberries from April-October and South American Blueberries from November-March.
  • Frozen, can or dried blueberries are never out of season.
  • Always rinse your berries before use.
  • Color does matter.  Reddish berries aren’t ripe but, can be used in cooking
  • Store blueberries in the fridge in their original pack or a covered bowl or storage container.  Blueberries should keep their freshness for up to 10 days.
  • If you freeze your blueberries,  make sure your berries are unwashed and completely dry.  Discard all bruised or shriveled berries.  Place the berries (still in  their original pack) n a re-sealable  bag.  The berries will freeze individually and you can remove and use the portion you need.

So, get inspired by all the fresh fruit that’s available this summer, especially your blueberries.

They’re as convenient in baked goods, salads, smoothies, and sauces as they are when you simply rinse and eat- no peeling, pitting or slicing needed!

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