My morning runs fuel me for the day.  That and a few cups of coffee.   But it’s those runs that give me time to think, about anything and everything.  Inevitably my mind turns to food. Every.Single.Time.  I usually mentally go through the contents of my fridge, starting with what’s about to expire.  I pair near expired ingredients with whatever else I remember is in my fridge, freezer or cabinets.  I create a loose recipe, then start to think of what I’ll say about it, how I’ll photograph it, etc…  Never does it turn out the way I envision it, but still, I get some brainstorming done and my creative juices flowing.

The thing is, I rarely get my morning runs (alone at least) anymore.  So, my morning thinking time doesn’t exist.  Even if I get up before everyone, that’s just not when my brain does its best ‘brainstorming.’  That’s time for me to just ‘be.’  It’s my way of taking time to stop and smell the roses.  Well, the good news is I DID get a solo run in last week and I almost didn’t come home.  Ok no, not really.  But, it was so peaceful I considered doing a quick, oh you know, marathon.  Just because I could.



Obviously I thought about food.  Contrary to popular belief, I do think about food other than ice cream.  Rarely, but I do.  Blueberries.  Balsamic vinegar.  Salad.  That’s where my brain went.  I could do a standard balsamic vinaigrette, throw some blueberries over greens and call it a day.  But, I wanted more.  Blueberry vinaigrette, BAM (lightening!!!), that’s it!  I walked in the door and immediately got to work.  5 minutes later I had a delicious dressing. Another 5 minutes later I had this gorgeous salad.  I ate it 3 days in a row.  And still didn’t get sick of it.  I mean, salad is my favorite food, after all.  This dressing, it’s refreshing and flavorful, perfect for almost any summer salad. Or fall, winter or spring salad.  If you have delicious blueberries, you’re just minutes away from this!





Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or any oil you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Salad:
  • Spinach
  • blueberries
  • crumbled goat cheese
  • sliced chicken
  • Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette


Add blueberries, lemon juice, vinegar, dijon mustard and salt toa blender (or foor processor). Blend for a couple minutes, until the blueberries are liquified. Start streaming in the olive oil while the blender is on low.

Chill until ready to serve. Serve at room temperature.