One could say I’m a bit over zealous when it comes to our summer fruit here in the Northwest. After all, we do have to wait several seasons for the sweet treasures.
So it’s no surprise when I end up with loads of stone fruit and berries on my kitchen counter. Every year I justify my lack of summer fruit restraint by telling myself I’m going to can the bulk of my stash.
But only a small portion of the summer ripened local berries makes it into my canning day. Most of it ends up in the bellies of the Bennett Family. That’s really how we like it best. In a bowl on the kitchen counter for snacking, breakfast, lunch and dessert.
So when I ended up with a few flats of local, plump and sweet blueberries, I decided to use some of those beautiful blueberries for dinner. Berries lend themselves well to savory sauces, but they can also be a delicious compliment to fish, chicken and pork in the form of a salsa. And who doesn’t love a good salsa?
Anchored with fresh, sweet, plump blueberries and laced with the subtle flavors of finely diced shallots, grated fresh ginger and a sprinkling of chopped fresh mint. A dash of honey, lemon and extra virgin olive oil finishes the salsa. When paired with grilled Pacific halibut, cod or rockfish, it makes a most decadent summer dish.
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,
Blueberry Ginger Salsa with Grilled Fresh Halibut
I love this salsa served with grilled white fish. My favorite pairing is with halibut, but black cod, opah and grilled scallops are equally divine.
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 heaping tablespoon finely chopped shallots
½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint (cilantro would also be a delish substitute!)
Squeeze of Lemon (about a tablespoon)
Dash of Olive oil (a few teaspoons)
Teaspoon or two of honey
Salt and pepper
Half the blueberries if you can, or lightly chop.
Toss together the blueberries, shallots, ginger, and mint. In a bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, and honey.
Toss the lemon oil with the blueberries and season to taste with salt and pepper.
This is definitely one of those recipes you can prepare to taste. A little more ginger, a little less mint or maybe a little more honey. Whatever you decide, it’ll be delicious!
I love this fresh and flavorful salsa over grilled white fish; halibut, black cod, Hawaiian opah and grilled scallops.