This Marionberry Salad really is the perfect summer meal. It hits all the right notes for satisfaction and fullness. Protein, sweet, tart, and plenty of vegetables. This salad will help keep you full and feeling great!
This was a seasonal salad we had on the cart. Unfortunately, it could only last as long as I could get local marionberries.
If marionberries are in season, try this recipe out!
You may need a few things to make this recipe. Including:
I know that we don’t always have every ingredient around and available for every recipe.
So what in this recipe can be substituted and what can’t?
The dressing recipe is a simple vinaigrette. If you are trying to eat sugar free or fat free, you can easily substitute the dressing for a premade one.
For that matter, if you don’t have the ingredients to make the dressing, just use a vinaigrette you have around and love. I do not recommend a fruity one with this salad though.
Marionberries are known mostly in Oregon. So if you’re not from Oregon and come across this recipe, you may have no idea what they are.
Marionberries are a cross between a few different types of blackberries. It was developed at Oregon State University. They are a blackberry, but a large and sweet blackberry that is very purple when squeezed.
If you can’t get marionberries, blackberries are the next best.
Don’t replace the berries with any frozen variety though, the flavors and textures will not come across in the right way.
If you don’t have access to either marionberries or blackberries, you could use a blueberry. It don’t be quite the same though.
This is the area to let your creativity roam free. Add whatever veggies you love for salads. My favorites are bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and a beautiful spring mix.
If you prefer a different mix, go for it! If you don’t have one or two of the vegetables, it won’t change the salad too much.
When we served this on the cart, the vegetarian option I offered was half a grilled avocado.
I added some seasoning mix and olive oil to the avocado still in the skin and grilled it. You can do this on a grill or in a frying pan.
Other options that would be great are grilled tempeh or extra firm tofu. If you go with these, I’d recommend marinating them first.
Salads are one of the things that are easy to make just to your taste. Feel free to remove or add things to your taste.
One of my favorite thing to add to this is raw hazelnuts (filberts).