Blueberry & Brie Salad with Puff Pastry Croutons

30 mins
5
intermediate

 

This recipe was created by Florida native, Dianna Muscari. She is the creator of  The Kitchen Prep Blog.  This recipe was an entry in our Blueberry Toss Contest at the Food and Wine Conference and is the perfect mix of blueberries, brie and savory puff pastry croutons. While Dianna has no formal training, her recipes are some of the best, granting her fun opportunities like becoming a contributing writer for Honest Cooking Magazine online, or being apart of AOL Kitchen Daily’s Curator Network. In addition, her recipes have been featured in Taste of the South Magazine {Jan-Feb ’13, Cast Iron Edition}! The Kitchen Prep Blog  is the blog to follow! Explore her blog for more fun and healthy recipes that your whole family will love!

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of your favorite salad mix
  • 1 pint Wish Farms blueberries
  • About 4 ounces brie cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans
  • Puff Pastry Croutons {see directions below}
  • Lemon, Honey & Thyme Vinaigrette {see recipe below}
Puff Pastry Croutons
  • 1/3 sheet of puff pastry from a store bought package
  • Water
  • Favorite seasoning {I used a Garlic & Herbs seasoning grinder and salt}
Vinaigrette 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme

Directions

Puff Pastry Croutons 
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Unfold 1 sheet of slightly thawed puff pastry from the package, placing on parchment. Cut one third of the sheet, and save the rest for another use. {Or you could use the whole thing, but it would make a LOT of croutons!}
  • Brush the puff pastry with a bit of water to moisten slightly, then sprinkle with desired seasonings.
  • Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the puff pastry into tiny squares -- you can make them as big or small as you'd like, but remember that they will puff up significantly when they bake.
  • Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until they're golden brown and puffed. Set aside until ready to use.
Vinaigrette
  • Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside until ready to use.
Assemble Salad 
  •  In a large salad bowl, toss salad mix with vinaigrette to taste until lightly dressed.
  • Add blueberries, brie and pecans and toss to combine.
  • Sprinkle puff pastry croutons over top.
  • Makes a great accompaniment to a dinner entree or a more substantial lunch served with a grilled chicken breast.