#Blueberry Toss and Food Wine Conference

Blueberry Almond Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

Blueberry Almond Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

Yes, I am still super excited about the upcoming Food Wine Conference!  Even if you are not a blogger, you will enjoy this conference! I mean, just from the title of the conference you can tell you will have a blast.  Yes, as a blogger you will have the opportunity to meet with other bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, media, authors and brands.  But, there is so much more to this conference.  You will have some of the best food and wine you will ever have…and lots of it.  As well as spending time with some of the nicest people you will ever meet.   This will be the third year I will be attending the conference and the first year I had not yet started my blog.  But I was welcomed with open arms with lots of offers of answers or assistance to any questions I may have about the blogging world.  If you have no plans from May 13, 2016 – May 15, 2016, come join the party at the beautiful host hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek.

Wish Farms, a gold sponsor of the conference, is hosting A Blueberry Toss Recipe Contest, where you could win a Visa gift card, a flat of Wish Farms blueberries, reimbursement for a full conference pass to the conference, your recipe featured on their website, and even have your recipe featured at the conference for lunch on Sunday.  The recipe needs to be an original salad recipe which much include at least 1 serving of fresh blueberries (about 1/2 cup).  I came up with a really delish salad for entry in this contest.  It is a chicken salad loaded with fresh blueberries, toasted sliced almonds and a bit of bacon.  It sits on a bed of baby greens, which has more fresh blueberries and almonds, then drizzled with a blueberry vinaigrette.  Absolutely delish!  You have to give this one a try!

Blueberry Almond Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette - Dressed

Blueberry Almond Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette – Dressed

Blueberry Almond Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

Blueberry Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup Wish Farms Blueberries
1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon lime juice
Pinch of kosher salt

Blueberry Almond Chicken Salad:
1 ounce cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoons crumbled bleu cheese
4 ounces cooked, cubed chicken breast
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds
1 slice ready-cooked bacon, crumbled
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup Wish Farms Blueberries

1 cup packed baby greens
Garnish: toasted sliced almonds, Wish Farms Blueberries, minced fresh chives

Prepare the Blueberry Vinaigrette:
Place the blueberries into a small flat-bottom bowl/container. Using a muddler or small meat pounder, muddle the blueberries until they are crushed and totally broken down; set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil and lime juice; add in the muddled blueberries and whisk to fully combine; season with a pinch of salt. Set vinaigrette aside.

Prepare the Blueberry Almond Chicken Salad:
In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream and bleu cheese. Add in the chicken, chives, almonds, bacon and pinch of salt and mix to fully combine. Add the blueberries and carefully mix into the chicken salad; set aside.

To assemble:
Place the baby greens onto a serving plate, making a well in the center of the greens. Place the chicken salad into the well. Garnish the baby greens with additional toasted sliced almonds and Wish Farms Blueberries; garnish the chicken salad with chives. Drizzle blueberry vinaigrette over salad greens and enjoy!

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