I don't know about you, but I have a hard time stomaching the price of berries at the supermarket. I miss the days of growing up in MA surrounded by beautiful wild blueberries there for the taking. My Mom used to make the best blueberry jam and pies, and they didn't cost a dime - well, not for the berries anyhow. You can usually get a better buy on berries in the frozen food section, which is fine for some things, but not everything. I happened to pop into an Aldi's the other day, and when I saw how cheap the berries were, I grabbed a basket each of raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
My first thought was to make a crisp, but given that I usually reserve my fresh berry (except strawberries - they're normally cheaper) purchases for holidays and special occasions, I decided I wanted to keep them in their natural state. That's why I decided to make a salad. Sadly, there was a ginormous tub o' avocados there as well on the cheap, but they were all rock hard!
1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c white balsamic vinegar
1 small clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
2 T honey
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 heads romaine lettuce, torn (sliced is fine if being used quickly)
1/2 small sweet onion, sliced
1 small yellow bell pepper, sliced
6 oz each raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries
1 c salted whole cashews
Whisk together or process the dressing ingredients. I like to keep one of those little bullet blenders on hand for this sort of thing. I used to depend on my cordless stick blender, but since I got the bullet, it has been very sad and lonely in the drawer. By the time I reach for it again, I'll be reminded that it needs to be fully charged after such a long break. I used to use it so much, I only needed to charge it for a few minutes, if at all.
Toss the lettuce with half of your cashews, onion, bell pepper, and berries, then add just enough dressing for a light coating.
Transfer the salad to a serving platter and top with the remaining nuts and berries, serving the dressing on the side.