Blackberry Mint Balsamic Dressing is a gorgeous healthy step in the right direction this late spring, combining the fresh delightful flavors of fresh Blackberries, quality balsamic vinegar, garlic, Vidalia onions, pure organic honey, herb garden fresh mint, tarragon and fresh sweet basil.
I love freshly picked blackberries and the health benefits alone are outstanding for your body, and the taste is beyond delicious in my favorite Blackberry Mint Balsamic Dressing I am sharing with you today.
- Berries Keep You Mentally Sharp: Women who eat about two servings of strawberries or one serving of blueberries a week experienced the less mental decline over time than peers who went without, research published in the Annals of Neurology found. In the study cases, researchers reviewed data from 16,010 women over age 70.
- Berries May Help Manage Diabetes: Berries are sweet, but not the kind of sweet that should worry people with diabetes. Because of the fiber, they can use that in a diabetic diet as a serving of fruit. In general, it’s better to eat fruit whole than drink juice, which is much higher in sugar and doesn’t contain fiber.
- Berries Might Prevent Parkinson’s: People who eat at least two servings of berries a week have a 25 percent less chance of developing Parkinson’s disease than their peers, according to research published in the journal Neurology.
- Berries Could Boost Heart Health: People with a strong in risk for heart disease may find that a diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables, including berries, can cut their chances of having a heart attack, according to a study published in PLoS Medicine.
- Berries for Weight Control: Because of their fiber and liquid content, berries give us a sense of fullness which is great for weight loss.
- Berries for Lower Blood Pressure: Although no clinical trial has yet provided a berry prescription to fight high blood pressure, dietitians and physicians alike recommend a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables to keep numbers in line due to their antioxidant properties.
- Fight Cancer With Berries: Flavonoid-packed berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, may one day lead to more effective cancer prevention plan. Research published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis suggests that flavonoids and other compounds found in berries may help reduce colon cancer risk.
- Alzheimer’s Prevention: A berries antioxidants might be allies in the fight against the effects of age on the brain that might be behind changes leading to the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s by helping to clean up the damaging build-up of toxins over time.
- Fight Urinary Tract Infections With Berries: Cranberries are the berry we associate with urinary tract health, nutrition-dense blueberries seem to be helpful as well in helping prevent Urinary Trat infections.
Below you will find my simple to make Blackberry Mint Balsamic Dressing to get you started on your journey of berry deliciousness and healthiness, my recipe adapted from Coastal Livings Blackberry Vinaigrette recipe.
Blackberry Mint Balsamic Dressing
- 1 tablespoon authentic extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced Vidalia onion
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 1-pint fresh organic blackberries
- 1/3 of a cup of quality balsamic vinegar
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of pure organic honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
- 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon chopped
- 1/4 of a teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly black pepper
- 1/2 cup of authentic extra virgin olive oil
BLACKBERRY MINT BALSAMIC DRESSING Directions
- In a medium skillet, heat the 1 tablespoon of authentic extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.
- When the authentic olive oil has become hot, add in minced Vidalia onions and the minced garlic, stir for 45 seconds.
- Add the blackberries and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add balsamic vinegar and stir in, cooking for about 45 seconds to 1 minute.
- Transfer to a blender, adding in pure honey, fresh chopped mint, tarragon and fresh chopped basil leaves. blend until smooth. Add in kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Slowly add 1/2 cup of authentic extra virgin olive oil, blending ingredients together until smooth.
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