Boston Shout-outs and Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

Woohoo! It’s Boston Marathon Monday!

I’m hoping to watch as much of it as I can, and track my talented friends.Β  It all depends on this little one, and how happy she is to entertain herself.Β  πŸ™‚

We had a busy day yesterday, and spent the afternoon at the park to play and have a picnic.Β  I think we’re both ready for a low-key morning at home.

A quick shout-out to some of my friends who are running this year and are going to rock the race…

I always love tracking the Boston marathon, but am finding it even more exciting this year with the very real possibility that I’ll get in and be running it next April.Β  I’m soaking up all the advice I can get.

In order to complete my “B” alliteration for the day, I am also linking up with Heather for her Meatless Mondays from A-Z. It’s my first week participating, but every Monday Heather has meatless meal ideas.Β  This week’s challenge is to create a recipe with blueberries. Check out her site to see all the links!

In my health newsletter this month, I talked about the benefits of spring’s produce for detoxifying the body.Β  Build a detoxifying spring salad with the local produce available in your area: baby greens, sprouts, carrots, radishes, scallion, mushrooms, berries and so on.Β  This is a fun spin on the standard oil and vinegar dressing.

Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

by Mommy, Run Fast



  • 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 c. watermelon cubes
  • juice squeezed from 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • few dashes each of parsley and basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Combine all in a small food processor or blender until well blended. Top baby greens with berries, mushrooms, scallion, carrots, toasted nuts and/or toppings of choice. Pour over salad greens and enjoy!

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Are you cheering anyone on in the Boston marathon? What’s your favorite salad dressing?

64 thoughts on “Boston Shout-outs and Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

  1. I love making my own dressing, so I’m all about this one! Thanks for the recipe.

    Hope you get some Boston watching in! What a darling distraction if not! I think I am going to go next year, too…I’m sad not being there this year.

    Have a great week!
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  2. Happy Boston Marathon Monday! One of my running goals is to re-qualify for Boston and run it with my husband. Long story, but I qualified twice under the old standard but was unable to run, due to pregnancy and the crazy year that it filled up in one day. Good luck to this year’s participants!

    That blueberry dressing sounds wonderful – can’t wait to try it! We have a pick-your-own blueberry farm near our house. I can’t wait for blueberry season this summer!
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  3. I think I’m making it a goal to get back to spectate Boston, maybe do the 5k. Such a FUN weekend! That dressing looks so good!

  4. She is TOO cute!!! Hope you get to watch the race. I have a bunch of buds up there from my old race club so I’m getting texts with updates! Always crazy to me how fast they all run! That dressing looks good — thanks for sharing πŸ™‚
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  5. Your salad and dressing look so gooooood!

    I am so disappointed in not finding a live feed or tv broadcast of the Boston Marathon to Canada again this year.

  6. Sitting at my desk chugging coffee and watching the race. Also have a long list of athletes I am tracking. Can’t wait to be there next year!!!! :):)

    Favorite dressing: White Balsamic vinaigrette! I use it for salads and for marinating chicken and seafood!
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  7. I just watched the Boston Marathon for the first time this year! The race runs through the town I nanny in so the little boy and I walked up to check it out for a bit. Super exciting!

    I so hope you make it next year!!!! πŸ™‚

  8. Mmmm that dressing sounds good. I’m lately loving some poppyseed style dressings and trying to figure out the right combo for one. I love it on my daily spinach/tomato/strawberry salad. Regarding Boston, I am loving your list of great runners to track. Hoping they all turned out a race they will be proud of!
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  9. It’s killing me that I’m so close to the marathon but I can’t be there in person to cheer on my friends. A ton of my running group are there representing. That silly think called work always gets in the way of my fun! πŸ˜‰

    Yummy dressing! I love adding fruit to green salads. Gives it a nice sweetness!
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  10. I was gone most of the morning but have been tracking a few friends on my phone, kind of missing being there this year. Maybe next year πŸ™‚
    The dressing sounds great for summer.
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  11. This sounds so fresh and good, but I actually have a food aversion to watermelon (ever since I was a kid). I did have one watermelon thing last year (I didn’t know it was watermelon) that worked well, but still a little weird about it. πŸ™‚

    BUT – I’m so happy you joined the fun this week!! I know most people actually love watermelon. πŸ™‚
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  12. Thanks for the shout out! I absolutely love The Boston Marathon and no coward will take that away. My heart is broken for the lives lost, the people injured, and the families of the victims. I will be back next year and hope you will be there. It will be a very special Boston.
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  13. I make my own dressings too, but lately it’s always the same. Thanks for sharing, this looks wonderful with all the fresh fruit.

    I will have to check out the link up as I’m alway looking for some ways to incorporate meatless meals into my diet.
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