Summertime Series: Sweet Berries and Basil Salad

July 2, 2010

This salad is GORGEOUS.  The red and blue would be a perfect addition to your July 4th table or any summer occasion.  The dressing has a hint liqueur in it, but the overall amount is not enough to affect anyone (so it’s safe for your kids!).   Be sure to prepare this the day of to prevent it from getting soggy.

1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs Cointreau
1 tbs lemon juice
3 pints strawberries- hulled and sliced
1 pint blueberries
3 cups packed basil leaves (sliced or whole)
1 cup chopped, toasted walnuts or pecans
coarse black pepper

Combine honey through lime juice and set aside.  Fifteen minutes before serving, gently toss berries and basil with dressing.  Stir in nuts and add fresh black pepper to taste.

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