This salad is summer in a bowl.

This is my raspberry/stilton salad converted to blueberry season. These are fresh-picked blueberries, local maple syrup, nuts from a small business a couple towns over, and whatever greens I can get my hands on.

Blueberry and Stilton Salad with Candied Walnuts

  • Servings: variable
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • chopped spinach, romaine, or salad mix
  • walnuts (or pecans)
  • mushrooms
  • Stilton or any other bleu cheese
  • blueberries
  • onion
  • maple syrup (or brown sugar and a bit of butter)
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • garlic
  1. Chop and assemble your salad,adding all the veggies, some blueberries, and crumbled cheese.
  2. Candy the walnuts by roasting them in a pan with a little maple (or: butter and a bit of brown sugar). Toast until slightly brown but be careful–they’ll go from perfect to burned quickly.
  3. Add the nuts to the salad.
  4. Make the dressing: olive oil, a small clove of garlic, a small handful of blueberries, a drizzle of maple, and apple cider vinegar. I gave some rough measurements above, but you can make more or less of this–this does not store well. It gels up. Make what you need in a bullet blender.
  5. Dress the salad and eat!
  • Swap out bleu cheeses, use pecans, or go with the original version of this–raspberries. Strawberries would probably work, too, and I haven’t yet tried peaches.



VEGAN: No. The Stilton really makes this salad. I’ve never seen a vegan substitute for this cheese, but you could just use the concept without the bleu cheese.

KETO:  Yes.

COOK AHEAD:  Yes. You can make a big batch of the salad, but I suggest making the dressing fresh. It gels up.

COST: $$. I have maple on hand–this is usually pricy but I buy it by the gallon once a year.  Nuts and Stilton can be expensive. I get my nuts in bulk at the Virginia Spanish Peanut Company-I pick them up, but they ship. And, you’ll go broke getting the Stilton if you don’t do it wisely. Trader Joes has a great Stilton that’s priced well.

Blueberry, Maple, Walnut Salad with Stilton