Lemon Blueberry Chia Seed Vinaigrette Dressing
Lemon Blueberry Chia Seed Vinaigrette is fresh, fruity, and zesty, and this quick blender recipe is made in seconds. Add some zing to your salads or marinate chicken in this velvety easy gluten-free salad dressing recipe!
Disclaimer: Blendtec provided me with a Blendtec 725 blender and Twister Jar to use and review, as well as one to give away to a reader. As always, all opinions are my own.
It’s a commonality amongst food bloggers to constantly complain about all of the dishes we have to wash. And while it’s true that on days where I do major recipe development and multiple photos shoots, the pile is bigger than usual, but I feel like I spend hours at my sink on an almost daily basis. One reason for the never-ending dishes is that I have a couple of never-ending eating machines. But I’m also part of the um, er, problem? Blending up smoothies, chopping veggies for a salad, even making my morning oatmeal all seem to require bowls and spoons and spatulas and measuring cups and knives and cutting boards. And so many of these things are used at least once, if not a few times a day, so I can’t just put it in the dishwasher and wait until the next time I run a cycle.
So while the Blendtec has a super cool cleaning cycle, when I first got it and was perfecting my smoothie technique, I found that I was more likely to just grab the jar and give it a quick wipe and rinse as I was in the middle of my perpetual dish washing. Since I pretty much make two or three smoothies a day, that was really all the cleaning it needed. But then as I started venturing out into salad dressing, nut butter, and even pureeing some leftover roasted butternut squash with cheese to make macaroni and cheese, I realized how brilliant this feature is.
Just add water, a bit of soap, and hit the button. Voila, totally clean without having to scrub out sticky or greasy residue and risk cutting my finger on the ultra sharp blades, which is something I did with my old blender on multiple occasions, trying to get out the crud that got trapped in the bottom. And if I didn’t want to take that chance, I’d have to disassemble the whole thing, and then be grossed out by the gunk that got stuck in the bottom. Ick!
And why do you want to spend time trying to clean your blender when you can be enjoying a crisp and tasty salad topped with this…
Lemon Blueberry Chia Seed Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is so perfect for all of your summer salads. It’s sweet and tart and totally fresh, and I love it on a salad topped with some more fresh berries or mango, maybe some fresh mozzarella or goat cheese, and even some grilled chicken or steak. I’ve actually used it as a marinade for some chicken before tossing it on the grill, and I made steak paninis with this dressing drizzled over the meat before griddling up the sammie.
While I’ve made fruit-based dressings in other benders, the Blendtec makes this vinaigrette super smooth and velvety. The addition of chia seeds not only adds some superfood omega-3 power, but it also thickens it up nicely so that it coats the lettuce and doesn’t just run to the bottom of your bowl. However, if you are going to store the dressing in your fridge, you might want to reduce the amount or leave them out till serving, because it can get super thick.
And just look at the color on this lemon blueberry chia seed vinaigrette! So gorgeous!
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- Combine blueberries, lemon juice, olive oil and honey (or maple syrup or agave) in your Blendtec or other blender, and blend on medium-low speed until smooth.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir in chia seeds. If planning to store in the refrigerator for a few days, you may want to use less chia seeds, or add just before serving or it may thicken too much.
If you like the lemon blueberry chia seed vinaigrette recipe, here are some more salad dressing recipes you can make in your Blendtec!
And a few from my friends…
- Green Goddess Avocado Dressing from Home Cooking Memories
- Catalina Dressing from A Family Feast
- Blender Blue Cheese Dressing from Mom on Timeout