This Zucchini Noodle, Blackberry and Mango Salad with Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette is just the salad you’ve been looking for to brighten up your summer picnics and BBQ parties. This salad is light, refreshing with a sweet and tangy surprise!
We have officially entered the allergy zone of springtime. This time of year is always a paradox for me – it’s my most and least favorite point in the season. I love all the blooming trees, flowers, the warmer weather and desire to be outside. Yet all which is happening in nature puts me in a constant state of fogginess, congestion and competition to see how many times I can possibly sneeze in a row.
Oh well, it’s only a few weeks out of the year and I can certainly persevere when I know the outcome leads to the arrival of summer produce and outdoor entertaining season!
Now I fully admit to being totally impatient when it comes to enjoying my light and fresh summer salads, so I’m just going to start now with this zucchini noodle, blackberry and mango salad.
It is so easy to put together for a quick weeknight meal or to take on a picnic or feed a crowd at your first BBQ of the season. This salad has a little bit of everything with the sweet blackberries and mango, salty feta and topped with a slightly sweet and tangy vanilla bean vinaigrette.
If you remember, the first time I played around with vanilla in a savory fashion was back in the fall with my vanilla cardamom roasted acorn squash. I love all combinations of sweet and salty and adding just a little touch of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste or the seeds from a Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean is the perfect touch of sweetness to any meal.
I get that in the back of your mind you might still be thinking vanilla belongs in desserts or if you’re going savory in a heartier dish but trust me when I say this vinaigrette is a game changer.
This dressing brings excitement to salad that could be a little boring because let’s be honest, raw zucchini on its own doesn’t have much flavor!
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