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Fresh Blueberry Recipes to Make All Summer Long

Fun and nutritious blueberry recipes that are perfect for any summer occasion. From breakfast to snacks and healthier desserts that just scream summer, there are so many ways to use blueberries all season long!

To me, summer is synonymous with blueberries! They’re bursting with juicy flavor this time of year and are definitely my favorite berry to use in sweet and savory summer recipes. My parents and I would always drive to Michigan when I was a kid to go blueberry picking every July. We’d come home with tons of blueberries and always baked a batch of blueberry muffins right away!

Most of these recipes use fresh and or frozen blueberries (frozen are just as nutritious!) and one uses dried blueberries.

Blueberry Nutrition

I always have blueberries in my fridge or freezer because they’re fun, versatile and nutritious. One serving, or a cup of blueberries contains essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and phytonutrients called polyphenols.

They’re also a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps the immune system work properly and helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. And most of us are not getting enough fiber, so adding more blueberries to your diet is a fun and easy way to do so.

How to Freeze Fresh Blueberries

If you’re planning to go blueberry picking this summer, and come home with a surplus of blueberries, it might be a good idea to freeze some and it’s really easy to do. Add about 1 1/2 cups blueberries to a reusable bag or a gallon-sized plastic blag, squeezing all of the air out so that it’s completely flat. Try not to overfill the bag with blueberries.

When you’re ready to use, simply pull a bag of your freezer and let thaw or use frozen. Partially thawed blueberries are great for smoothies, and on top of oatmeal and yogurt bowls.

Tips for Baking With Blueberries

When you’re making something like blueberry muffins or a blueberry quick bread it’s best to toss the blueberries in about 1-2 tbsp of flour to ensure they don’t sink to the bottom of your baked good. This will not impact the baked good negatively.


Breakfast & Brunch


Muffins and Bread

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Apps & Snacks


Salads & Mains

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If you make any of these blueberry recipes, I’d love to see it on Instagram! Tag @onceuponapumpkin and as always I appreciate your support! XOXO

Easy Meals

Blueberry Sweet Potato Greens & Grains Bowl

This blueberry sweet potato greens and grains bowl is grain salad that you’ll love having over and over again! Made with greens, blueberries, sweet potato, quinoa, almonds, feta cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette, it packs lots of great nutrition and flavor.

Blueberry Sweet Potato Salad with Quinoa and Almonds with a Balsamic Vinaigrette

You know when you find a salad combination that you just want for lunch again and again? This blueberry sweet potato greens and grains bowl is exactly that for me and I’m excited to share the super simple and delicious recipe with you!

This is no skimpy sad salad. It’s a balanced bowl with blueberries, sweet potato, quinoa, greens, almonds, feta and a balsamic vinaigrette. It’s sweet, savory, and crunchy all at the same time making it super satisfying and delicious for lunch or dinner.

The fresh blueberries and roasted sweet potatoes complement each other perfectly in this grain bowl that’s perfect for meal prep or anytime you need a new healthy meal idea to switch things up. If you’re burnt out on the same type of salad you typically make week after week, this is a great one to add to your repertoire!

Tangy balsamic vinaigrette ties all of the flavors together so well and you could definitely add chicken or salmon to this salad to give this salad more protein too.

Love all things blueberries? Be sure to check out this post with some of my favorite ways to use blueberries all summer long.

blueberry sweet potato greens and grains bowl

Ingredients for Blueberry Sweet Potato Greens & Grains Bowl


  • fresh blueberries
  • sweet potato
  • tri-color or white quinoa
  • greens (arugula, baby kale, or a mix of a few different crunchy varieties would all work great in this salad)
  • raw almonds
  • feta cheese (goat cheese or parmesan would also work well)

balsamic vinaigrette:

  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • dijon mustard
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper

equipment / utensils:

  • mixing bowls
  • cutting boards

Tips for Making a Really Great Salad

Say goodbye to sad salad with this simple tips to make any salad more flavorful and satisfying.

  • Use two types of greens — this gives the salad more “lift” and crunch.

  • Salt your greens — before topping your greens with all of the other salad ingredients, drizzle a little bit of olive oil on to the clean greens, salt and toss together. Salt really brings out the flavor of the greens. Nearly all salads at restaurants add salt to the greens!

  • Cook grains in broth instead of water — if making a grain bowl like this one, cook your grains using chicken or vegetable broth instead of water. This gets you more flavorful grains!

  • Add crunchy toppers — the key to making any salad more satisfying and enjoyable to eat is having something crunchy on top. Think nuts or seeds or hard cheese. They’re also a great way to add more nutrition to any salad.

  • Chop ingredients in the same way – If you’re adding tomatoes, dice all the tomatoes the same way. If you’re adding sweet potatoes like in this bowl, cube them all the same way. All of the ingredients certainly don’t need to be cut the same, but make sure the group of one ingredients (all tomatoes) are cut in the same way.

  • Toss ingredients and dressing together well — to ensure dressing gets on every single bit of salad, make sure you toss everything together really well before serving.

Nutrition Benefits

Every ingredient in this bowl is adding lots of flavor and nutrition — win, win.

Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A, which we know is super important for eye health and our immune system. They’re also a good source of fiber — something must of us don’t get enough of in our diets!

Blueberries are also a good source of fiber and vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant needed for optimal immune function as well.

Almonds give this bowl a really nice crunch, plus they’re packed with healthy monounsaturated fat and vitamin E.

And we can’t forget that bed of greens! Dark leafy greens are packed with vitamins and minerals in addition to antioxidants that help protect against inflammation.

Check out this video for how I prepared the salad and if you’re not already, follow me on Instagram @onceuponapumpkin!

blueberry sweet potato greens and grains bowl

Blueberry Sweet Potato Greens & Grains Bowl

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
This blueberry sweet potato greens and grains bowl is a delicious salad that’s easy to make bursting with nutrition. Say goodbye to boring boring desk lunches because this salad is anything but!
Prep Time 27 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 2 -3 servings



  • 2 cups salad greens I like to combine two different types in my salads for more texture and “lift”
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked
  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes sliced into thin wedges
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries rinsed and dried
  • 1/4 cup almonds roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled

balsamic vinaigrette:

  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil



  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut sweet potatoes into thin wedges. Toss with 1 tbsp. of avocado oil plus salt and pepper. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes until they are tender.
  • Meanwhile cook quinoa according to package directions using water or broth for more flavorful quinoa.
  • Add greens to a bowl along with cooked quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, blueberries, almonds, and feta.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the dressing until well combined. Drizzle over the salad and enjoy!

This salad was created in partnership with the U.S. HighBush Blueberry Council in 2020.

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