Berry compote vinaigrette over farm fresh greens

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A friend was kind enough to bring me fresh lettuce and berries from her farm. If you’re used to lettuce in a bag, eating fresh-from-the-garden lettuce is a treat beyond words. You need a salad spinner, and it takes about three good rinses in cold water to get all the grit off even the cleanest looking lettuce. It’s worth the extra bit of work.

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I made the berries into a compote style vinaigrette. The secret to delicious homemade vinaigrette is Penzeys Italian Dressing Base. I have probably mentioned it before, but if not, I love it. I never buy dressing anymore. It’s so much tastier to make my own using their base. I mix it with whatever vinegar I’m in the mood for, some olive oil, and occasionally something else like some mustard, or in this case, fresh (not cooked) mashed berries.

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This dressing was a mix of about 1/3 cup of berries, 1/3 cup of white balsamic vinegar, a splash of olive oil, and about 3/4 teaspoon of the dressing base. I didn’t measure anything, so this is my best guess.

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After topping the amazing lettuce with the vinaigrette, I sprinkled some more berries on top and added a bit of sliced roasted almonds and mozzarella. Delicious!

Fresh lettuce and berry compote vinaigrette. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.
Fresh lettuce and berry compote vinaigrette. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

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