Mulberry Dressing for Salad

It’s mulberry season in my little corner of our world. Mulberries – like grapes and red wine – contain resveratrol, a polyphenol that “…can also slow the three stages of cancer development—initiation, promotion, and progression—by blocking the action of NF-kappa B.” [page 119-120, Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, David, Anticancer, A New Way of Life, 2009 edition]

My mulberries were not very sweet or juicy, so I make them into a salad dressing — which turned out great.

Mulberry Dressing for Salad

Ingredients

1 cup fresh, ripe, black mulberries (thoroughly washed and drained)

juice of ½ orange

1 tablepoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until nicely pureed.

Pour over mixed fruit or lettuce greens.

Freeze the dressing for later

 

Frozen mini "muffins" of Mulberry Dressing for Salad - for future use!
freezing the salad dressing to use it later

 

With five cups of mulberries, I ended up with far more salad dressing than we could use at one time…so I poured the dressing into the muffin cups of my silicone muffin pan, placed the filled muffin pan in the freezer, and then I popped the frozen salad dressing mini muffins into a plastic bag for the freezer. Now I have mulberry salad dressing to defrost and use anytime!

Freeze the mulberries for later

  • Wash the mulberries and let them drain
  • Lay the mulberries out in one layer on a cookie sheet (or in pie pans)
  • Place the sheet/pans in the freezer
  • When the berries are frozen place them into plastic bags for the freezer.

A word of caution

Regarding red wine, a source of resveratrol — just like mulberries, Dr. Servan-Scheiber warns: “Because resveratrol also acts as an antiangiogenic, like thalidomide it can interfere with fetal development. This is one more reason to avoid alcohol (even red wine) during pregnancy.”[Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, David, Anticancer, A New Way of Life, 2009 Edition]

And…in general, always remember to consume a wide variety of healthy foods — not a lot of any one food.

More information

This is the article from the Journal of Nutrition where I learned that mulberries contain resveratrol.

Here’s a video with some good how-to suggestions for harvesting mulberries.

Enjoy and be healthy!

~Leni

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