Summertime Blues

It’s no secret I’m not yet ready to say goodbye to summer.

Usually, by the middle of September, I’m already on my fifth can of pumpkin and starting  on my infamous “gourd glow”, but this year has been different. Since I was ALL about the veggies in the beginning of the summer, what with all my salacious salads, now, in the last few weeks I have left, I’ve been on a mission to cram as many summer berries into my face as humanly possible.

Of course there have been a few favorites…

Peach Raspberry & Basil Salsa

Like salsa and chips…

Rainbow Salsa & Salmon Salad

Salsa and salmon…

Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese Bite

Sandwiches and SANDWICHES

Coconut Raspberry Pancakes via Kiss My Broccoli

And of course, we can’t forget the pancakes! 😀

But there has also been some UNSEEN goodness…

Berry Bagel with Coconut Butter

Like berries on a bagel with {coconut} butter…try saying that ten times fast!

Berries Ricotta Cinnamon & Coconut Chips

Berries with ricotta, cinnamon, and toasted coconut chips which I SWEAR are going to be the death of me…

Cottage Cheese Berry Bowl

Berries with cottage cheese, cinnamon, and Swiss crack chocolate spread

Berry Yogurt Bowl with Cinnamon Peanut Butter

And berries with coconut yogurt and drizzly peanut butter…

Oh I’m sorry, do some of those berries look a bit peculiar to you? Well, I just happened to spot these kiwi berries at Sam’s Club the other day and got a little curious. As you guys know, I’m allergic to kiwi. It has something to do with the hair/skin but even after meticulously washing and peeling them, I’ve still had a reaction in the past. I tried golden kiwi (fuzz-free) once since I heard they usually don’t affect people with an allergy, but the flavor just wasn’t the same. Well guess what! These tiny little hairless wonders taste almost EXACTLY like their big brother (sister?) AND?? No trips to the hospital for me! Woo hoo!

I think we should celebrate! With a recipe! That doesn’t even have kiwi berries in it! Oh, and we should be sure to use PLENTY of exclamation marks!!!…!!!!!!!!!!!

Summertime Bleu Salad via Kiss My Broccoli

Say hello to last night’s dinner!

After getting a MAJOR craving for a fruit bowl the size of my head for dinner last night, I somehow decided that piling it all on top of a bed of kale with some almonds and a MASSIVE amount of cheese would make it more acceptable.

Summertime Bleu Salad with Almonds  Kiss My Broccoli

What it made, was me a FREAKIN’ GENIUS!

Summertime BLEU Salad with Almonds | Kiss My Broccoli

Smooth. Sweet. Tangy. Crunchy. Yep, I blue BLEU myself! 😉

Guys?! Why have I not done this before! I love my veggies, but seriously? Bring on the cheese FRUIT!

Summertime “Bleu” Salad

By: Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Keywords: raw entrée salad vegetarian gluten-free kale blueberries raspberries strawberries summer

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 2 large handfuls chopped fresh kale
  • 3 strawberries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 2 figs, quartered (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1/8-1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/8 cup whole almonds

Instructions

1. Combine/layer all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Toss with your favorite balsamic dressing (I used this recipe).
3. Enjoy!

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Summertime Bleu Salad by Kiss My Broccoli

And if you’re NOT a fan of cheese (which breaks mine and Meghan’s hearts ever so slightly) then sub in some goat cheese or even avocado!

You can’t call it “bleu”, but you CAN call it delicious!

WIAW Teal

Now head on over to Peas & Crayons and, if you MUST, drool over the massive amount of pumpkin I’m sure is probably linked up today! 😉

What was for dinner last night?

Have you ever tried a kiwi berry?

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