Avo & Blueberry Salad with Spinach, Fennel & Feta

Summer has pretty much arrived in the Cape Winelands, with balmy weather that smells like holiday and picnics. I’m always looking for fresh new salad ideas, especially when entertaining friends and family at home. This low carb salad contains a couple of superfoods, and is so very satisfying to eat.

Blueberries make an excellent salad ingredient because of their dramatic colour and tartly sweet nature. They pop in your mouth and release their magic juices, along with the creaminess of ripe avo and the crunch of sliced fennel and fresh baby spinach. Add the salty zing of crumbled feta, and you don’t need much else to make a perfect summer meal.

I made a beautifully pink dressing in my pestle & mortar using blueberries, olive oil & lemon juice, crushing the skins to release their colour.

Serve this as a side salad, or as a fabulous light lunch on its own.

Ingredients: 

Serves 4

  • 200 g baby spinach leaves, washed and drained
  • 2 ripe avos, halved, skins & pips removed
  • 1 cup of blueberries (set a few aside for the dressing)
  • 1 small fennel bulb, washed and finely sliced
  • 1-2 rounds of feta, crumbled
  • some black sesame seeds, for sprinkling (optional)
  • for the dressing:
  • 5-6 blueberries
  • 45 ml olive oil
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Method:

Arrange the spinach leaves on a wide, large platter (not a deep bowl), then arrange the avo, blueberries, fennel & feta on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

To make the dressing, place all the ingredients in a pestle & mortar and pound to a pulp, creating a pink emulsion. Season well with salt & pepper, then drizzle all over the salad.

Serve at once.