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Unveiling the Taste of Summer: The Blueberry & Pistachio Salad @ Basilico

Updated: May 25, 2023



As the gentle waves of the Muskoka River brush against the shores in Bracebridge, Ontario, there is a culinary retreat nestled amidst the breathtaking landscape. The Inn at the Falls, home to Basilico, offers an authentic Italian culinary experience that awakens your senses to the profound richness of traditional Italian cuisine, all set in the rustic charm of Muskoka.


Today, let's delve into one of our signature dishes, the Blueberry & Pistachio Salad, a dish that not only pleases the palate but also takes you on a gastronomic journey through the essence of Italian cooking.


Fresh from the Fields: The Star Ingredient - Blueberries

Our Blueberry & Pistachio Salad is the epitome of fresh, vibrant summer flavours. The star ingredient, the blueberries, are sourced locally from the fertile fields of Ontario, ensuring they reach your plate at the peak of their freshness and sweetness. The blueberries are used not just as a topping, but they are also transformed into a house-made glaze, infusing the salad with an additional layer of sweet, tangy goodness.


Embracing the Italian Tradition: Bocconcini

The salad's distinct Italian character is most evident in the use of bocconcini. These small mozzarella cheeses are a classic element of Italian cuisine, beloved for their soft, creamy texture and mild, milky flavour. They add a delicious richness to our salad, perfectly balancing the sweet and tart flavours of the blueberries and the glaze.


Our bocconcini is sourced from local artisans who follow traditional Italian methods. This commitment to quality and authenticity means you're getting a taste of Italy right here in Bracebridge.


An Exciting Fusion of Flavours and Textures

Accompanying the blueberries and bocconcini in this dance of flavours is a bed of fresh arugula, which adds a peppery crunch to the salad. The arugula, together with the crispy puffed wild rice, provides a textural contrast that makes every bite exciting.


The addition of pistachios to the salad is a stroke of genius, contributing a delightful crunch and a subtly sweet, nutty flavour. The pistachios also provide an array of health benefits - they are rich in heart-healthy fats, protein, fiber, and antioxidants.


Unveiling the Taste of Summer: The Blueberry & Pistachio Salad at Basilico, Inn at the Falls

As the gentle waves of the Muskoka River kiss the shores of Bracebridge, Ontario, there is a culinary retreat nestled amidst the breathtaking landscape. The Inn at the Falls, home to Basilico, offers an authentic Italian culinary experience that awakens your senses to the profound richness of traditional Italian cuisine, all set in the rustic charm of the Canadian wilderness. Today, let's delve into one of our signature dishes, the Blueberry & Pistachio Salad, a dish that not only pleases the palate but also takes you on a gastronomic journey through the essence of Italian cooking.


Fresh from the Fields: The Star Ingredient - Blueberries

Our Blueberry & Pistachio Salad is the epitome of fresh, vibrant summer flavours. The star ingredient, the blueberries, are sourced locally from the fertile fields of Ontario, ensuring they reach your plate at the peak of their freshness and sweetness. The blueberries are used not just as a topping, but they are also transformed into a house-made glaze, infusing the salad with an additional layer of sweet, tangy goodness.


Embracing the Italian Tradition: Bocconcini

The salad's distinct Italian character is most evident in the use of bocconcini. These small mozzarella cheeses are a classic element of Italian cuisine, beloved for their soft, creamy texture and mild, milky flavour. They add a delicious richness to our salad, perfectly balancing the sweet and tart flavours of the blueberries and the glaze.


Our bocconcini is sourced from local artisans who follow traditional Italian methods. This commitment to quality and authenticity means you're getting a taste of Italy right here in Bracebridge.


An Exciting Fusion of Flavours and Textures

Accompanying the blueberries and bocconcini in this dance of flavours is a bed of fresh arugula, which adds a peppery crunch to the salad. The arugula, together with the crispy puffed wild rice, provides a textural contrast that makes every bite exciting.


The addition of pistachios to the salad is a stroke of genius, contributing a delightful crunch and a subtly sweet, nutty flavour. The pistachios also provide an array of health benefits - they are rich in heart-healthy fats, protein, fiber, and antioxidants.


Come, Experience the Blueberry & Pistachio Salad

The Blueberry & Pistachio Salad at Basilico, Inn at the Falls, is a celebration of summer, freshness, and Italian culinary tradition. Every bite of this salad encapsulates the crispness of the greens, the sweetness of the blueberries, the creamy richness of the bocconcini, and the nutty crunch of the pistachios. It’s a dish that celebrates its ingredients, creating a symphony of flavours and textures that are at once surprising and familiar.


Whether you're a local resident or a visitor soaking in the natural beauty of Bracebridge, we invite you to Basilico to experience the essence of Italian cuisine embodied in our Blueberry & Pistachio Salad. This is more than just a dish—it's a journey through the vibrant culinary landscape of Italy, right here in the heart of Muskoka.


Buon Appetito!





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