Blueberry, Beet and Feta Salad

The other week I headed out for the farmer’s market at Copley Square, my camera tucked in my backpack.  It was one of those days when merely stepping outside resulted in sweat-drenched clothes, but for some psychotic reason I decided to walk there.  The path from my apartment in South Boston to the market takes you through an array of neighborhoods and scenery.  Every time I do this walk, I see a detail of the city that I’d never noticed before.  It could be a mural on the side of a building or a hidden park down a side street.

The shaded kiosks at the market provided enough protection to make it a pleasant trip.  I strolled around for a while, poking into each tent to marvel at the gorgeous produce.  I couldn’t help but touch everything.  This is what carrots are supposed to look like!  And aren’t these beets stunning?  My fellow patrons look over at me, laughing and nodding in agreement.   There was no way I was going home without a few ingredients.

Is it weird that the thing I enjoy preparing most are salads?  Even as a teenager, there was nothing that excited me more than chopping veggies and whisking together a vinaigrette.  This is how I started to learn how to cook, and I guess it’s why it’s stuck with me all these years.

The true pleasure in eating salad is that often the ingredients are left unaltered or cooked in a way that lets their natural flavors shine.  This blueberry, beet, and feta salad wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I got started on developing this dish.  Honestly, I’m not sure what my vision was.  I was hoping for something leafy, but when the bowl developed and I saw how striking the colors were and that the flavors and textures were layered, I knew this was something that needed to be shared.

  • July 30, 2013 - 1:14 am

    Tieghan - This is gorgeous. I love the combo of fruit and cheese, especially when it is feta! This is simple, pretty and perfect!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 1:38 am

    Heidi @foodiecrush - Those yellow beets are to die for, I’m definitely planting next year. And making a trip to the farmer’s market this week! Beautiful salad.ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 4:13 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - Your combination of fruit and veggies are so adventurous. Would this work if I roasted the yellow beets instead of boiling? or will the flavours not work as well? To die for salad though.ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 7:06 am

    Joanne - You just never know how inspiration is going to strike and where it will lead you! I’m certainly glad it took you to this salad because the burst of blueberries amongst the beets and feta is definitely intriguing!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Kulsum - One beet with feta! Got to add blueberries next time.ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 8:19 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - I used to work at the Boston CVB in the Copley Place Mall and would walk to the farmer’s market after work all summer. You officially have me excited for our visit next month!!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 8:53 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Lovely salad, Brian! Gorgeous colors!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch - Beautiful, colorful and I’m SURE – Delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - It’s definitely not weird, I LOVE preparing salads too! This recipe is so lovely Brian!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    Lori @ RecipeGirl - I love the simplicity of this salad… it allows you to really enjoy those beets, which are my absolute favorite!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    najwa kronfel - Beautiful salad, I love the combination of flavors!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 1:21 am

    Sarah | The Sugar Hit - Beets and feta cheese are one of the best combos. They go together like chloe and lamar.ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 2:05 am

    Alison Lewis - This looks beyond amazing! All of my favorite ingredients!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Ooo this looks good. I usually pair beets with goat cheese, but feta sounds like a nice substitution!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    Jeanette's Healthy Living - I love the idea of mixing beets and blueberries ~ never tried that before!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - looks so yummy, I love everything in this salad!ReplyCancel

  • August 3, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - I love salads like this-so colorful and so perfectly summer:)Great way to use beets paired with feta!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - these salad sounds really intriguing and the colours look gorgeous together!ReplyCancel

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    nusrat2010 - Healthy salad recipe with killer photography! My Oh My! Love love love it!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    Rachel Smith - Have never come across this combination before, but it looks beautiful and can imaging it tastes wonderful too….will have to give it a go, just to make sure..ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Ali @ Inspiralized - Great combination of flavors… where’d you get the inspiration for this one?ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    sandra - this salad looks so good. I love beets and the combo with cheese sounds really wonderful. I love going to my Green Market at Union Sq, NY. It is always an uplifting experience.ReplyCancel

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  • August 16, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    Joy - Hello Brian,

    Thanks for this great recipe! I also enjoy farmers’ market shopping, and was delighted to find golden beets (something I had never tried before) on a recent trip. I put the beets and blueberries atop a bed of mixed lettuces. I also realized that the Feta I thought I had at home was actually goat cheese, and rather than make a trip to the store, I used the goat cheese. The salad was yummy!! The golden beets are sweeter than red beets, and made a nice tart/sweet combination with the other ingredients.ReplyCancel

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