An exclusive recipe brought to you by Berryfect
Bilberries are often confused with the high bush blueberries that we commonly know, as the word bilberry translates into blueberry in many European languages. However bilberries (or forest blueberries) refer to those that grow naturally in Northern Finland, Norway, Sweden and some parts of Russia. In this recipe, Bilberry powder is added to yogurt and sour cream as a dressing that not only tastes wonderful, but adds a splash of violet colour and beauty to a salad. Read more about bilberries in our Ingredient section.
Cucumber and Bilberry Salad
- 4-5 pickling cucumber (or 1 large greenhouse cucumber), cut in buttons or thin matchstick shaped strips
For the Sauce:
- ¾ cups (180 ml) sour cream or cream fraiche
- ¾ cups (180 ml) yogurt (solid)
- ¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
- ¼ cup spring onions, very finely chopped
- 1-2 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp sea or rock salt
- fresh ground pepper, preferably a lot
- 1 crushed garlic clove, crushed
- 2 tsp bilberry powder*
- ½ cup roasted nuts (cashews, walnuts)
- ½ cup roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- Mix all the sauce ingredients and toss with cucumber
- Add roasted seeds and nuts on top before serving
Why not try another variation of this Bilberry Salad? Omit the yogurt, sour cream and spring onion and pour 30 ml of Finnish organic cold-pressed rapeseed oil and apple cider vinegar over the ingredients and stir.
TIP: Nuts and seeds are easy to toast at home. Heat a frying pan, add one layer of nuts or seeds and turn several times. From scent or popping sound, you know, when they have begun to broil. Take the pan off the heat, stir in a few more times when they cool down to toast evenly. Roasted nuts and seeds remain viable in a jar for about a week.
*The recipe uses Berryfect Bilberry powder.
Berryfect is a premium berry powder, made from bilberries grown under the Northern Lights and the midnight sun in wild forests in Finland. Berryfect powders are ground from whole juicy Bilberries. All the Bilberry’s nutritionally dense parts: juice, pulp, skin and seeds are used. Berryfect is brought to the region by Nordic Power General Trading. Follow their visual journey on Instagram and search for the hashtag #berryfectme for violet superfood inspiration.
This recipe has been provided exclusively for FoodeMag dxb readers. We have also tried Berryfect Bilbbery at FoodeMag dxb kitchen. Recipe image: Lavina Israni www.ezrani.com