Mango Blueberry Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

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Andrea Meyers - Mango Blueberry Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

In 2007 we bought two blueberry bushes, the low bush variety that produces small berries like our favorite wild blueberries from Maine. We almost lost them due to flooding both the first and second year, but somehow they managed to survive, though they haven’t produced berries yet. It takes a few years for blueberry bushes to begin producing, and when they do it’s often small amounts at first, but growing as the bush matures. (The photo is a little off because I was trying to shoot through the protective netting.)

We now have seven blueberry bushes, and we deliberately chose a mix of low and high bush as well as a range of production times, so in the future we hope to have early, mid, and late season blueberries harvests. This morning we gathered the first blueberries of the season, though there weren’t as many as I had hoped. We had a little storm come through yesterday which knocked our blueberry cages about, and the birds found an opening and took advantage of it. We were happy to have enough for the salad, but now I have some work ahead to set the cages back in place. The birds and squirrels like ripe blueberries as much as we do, and hopefully we’ll beat them to the next round.

Andrea Meyers - first handful of fresh picked blueberries

Fruit salads find their way onto our menus frequently during the summer, and we have a lot of fun mixing flavors and trying different combinations. Mangos are also in season and we tossed them with our fresh homegrown blueberries and a ginger syrup with rice vinegar. The boys really liked the sweet and slightly sour combination and devoured it with their afternoon snack. I wrote the recipe with a full batch of simple syrup because I like to keep it on hand, but you can also reduce it by a quarter to make the precise amount for this salad.

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Andrea Meyers - mango and blueberries

MANGO BLUEBERRY SALAD WITH GINGER VINAIGRETTE

Serves 4.

Equipment

small saucepan
small heat proof bowl
serving bowl

Ingredients

1/2 inch ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 mango, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 cup fresh blueberries

SIMPLE SYRUP (Makes about 12 ounces.)
1 cup (175 g) granulated sugar
1 cup (240 ml) water

Preparation

1. SIMPLE SYRUP: Mix the sugar and water in the sauce pan and bring to a boil. The sugar should dissolve completely. Transfer 1/4 cup of the hot syrup to a heat proof bowl and allow the remaining syrup to cool in the saucepan. (Makes about 12 ounces and will keep for up to 1 month in the refrigerator. I have some in the refrigerator all the time for cocktails.)

2. Add the sliced ginger root to the hot 1/4 cup of syrup, allow it to steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove the ginger slices. Let the syrup cool to room temperature, then chill.

3. Add the rice vinegar to the syrup and stir well. Toss the mango chunks and blueberries together in the serving bowl, then drizzle the ginger vinaigrette over the fruit. Gently toss again and put in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes. Serve.

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Comments

  1. Miguel says

    Ah blueberries, one of my favorite fruits. Wish I handful now with my morning coffee here in Germany.

  2. says

    Such vibrant colours – i love fresh blueberries and mangoes…2 of my fav fruits! So flavoursome! Too bad they’re not in season here in Aust.

  3. says

    Gorgeous! I’ve just realized that I need to buy cages/nets/whatever if I ever intend to get even a handful of blueberries from our bush. The birds get every single berry. We can pick our own at farms around here, but unfortunately they’re not organic.

    Thanks for linking to my parfaits. Much appreciated!

  4. says

    Perfect timing on your recipe. My husband walked in last night with a box of mangos that he got a “good deal on”. So now I have about 30 mangos that I need recipes for…Hello Mango Blueberry Salad with Ginger!!!

  5. Kim says

    Mangoes, blueberries and ginger are three of my favorite things, and here they are all in one bowl. This was great, even for breakfast, because the vinaigrette was so mild. Yum!

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