Ladies and gentlemen, today I am honored to present my Banana Blueberry Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts.
I appreciate your resounding applause.
In fact, it’s still ringing in my ears, unless of course that’s the voices. These prescription meds have been known to have some quirky little side effects. Thankfully, my GI tract is still intact and ready for action, which might have something to do with my exuberant consumption of greens these days. Popeye ain’t got nothing on me.
Case in point, this intriguing and intoxicating bowl of green goodness, which is buried underneath the mountain of scrumdiddlyumptious toppings. I’m talking fresh bananas slices, bountiful blueberries, beauteous blue cheese and sweet candied walnuts. That’s it, along with your lettuce of choice of course; just five simple ingredients. Top it off with a poppy seed dressing, and I swear you’ll be singing happy, fantastical show tunes before your bowl is gone.
I recognize this is a strange combination of flavors, yet somehow, someway these ingredients mysteriously work together. Think Ren and Stimpy, Beavis and Butthead, Tom and Jerry, Cheech and Chong. All the best pairings in history had something a little odd about them, yet together they created a symbiotic ethos of joy with a side of singing. Alright maybe none of them were musical performers per say, but that’s only because they didn’t have this powerhouse bowl packed with nutritional goodness.
My salad works in much the same way as these odd, yet delightful pairings, and I’m not just saying that because I’m cocky. Granted, my cojones are large; there’s no doubt about that or this salad because it’s a beast in the kitchen. The sweet blueberries coupled with the tangy blue cheese, the crunchy walnuts (candied or otherwise) and the soft and supple banana slices make magic happen. Topped with a dollop of poppy seed dressing, and it’s flavor perfection.
Give it a whirl, take it out for a spin, and you’ll see exactly why I’m singing the praises of this Banana Blueberry Salad with Blue Cheese and Candied Walnuts. So grab your greens, your blues and your bananas, and get crack-a-lacking on this summertime salad. I promise you’re gonna love it.
- 1 head of Lettuce or giant bundle of Spinach
- 3/4 cup Blueberries
- 1 to 2 small Bananas, sliced
- 1/2 cup Blue Cheese
- 1/3 cup Walnuts (Candied - Optional)*
- Poppy Seed Dressing
- Wash and rinse your lettuce of choice. Add blueberries, banana slices, blue cheese and walnuts, and top with poppy seed dressing.
- I like to use Candied Walnuts for an extra layer of sweetness and crunch, although regular walnuts would be fine too. My recipe for Candied Roasted Walnuts can be found in the adapted link directly below and here: http://cleaneatsfastfeets.com/2015/11/11/must-have-oven-roasted-candied-walnuts/
Have you ever had bananas in your salad? Would you be willing to give it a try? What are your favorite historical pairings?