Bombur’s Blackberry Salad – A Hobbit Recipe

In the middle of Bilbo’s Unexpected Party at the beginning of the Hobbit, while the dwarves are eating practically everything in sight, Bombur requests pork pie and salad.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of dwarf or hobbit feasts, I don’t usually think of salad, so I had to think and search for a long time before I found a salad that seemed sufficiently “hobbit-y”.

Bombur's Blackberry Salad - A Hobbit Recipe

It’s a well-known fact that hobbits love berries, particularly blackberries, so when I saw this Blackberries and Greens Salad recipe, I knew I had found the perfect addition to the Unexpected Party menu. I made a few changes to this salad recipe to make it a bit more rustic in nature.

Purple and green lettuce adds lovely color, and I can just see Bilbo picking lettuce much like this from his garden. Goat cheese, probably purchased from Farmer Maggot, adds a bit of sharpness. Pecans give some crunch, and of course, juicy blackberries, fresh picked, top it off to make a salad any hobbit would be proud to serve guests for any meal of the day.

Bombur’s Blackberry Salad – A Hobbit Recipe


For the salad

  • 3 cups purple and green lettuce
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Wash and dry the lettuce and blackberries.
  2. Tear the lettuce into bite-size pieces and put it in a large serving bowl.
  3. Add the blackberries and pecans to the bowl.
  4. Crumbled the goat cheese on top, and toss all the ingredients together.
  5. Combine the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.


As a side note, this blackberry salad would also be a wonderful addition to a Redwall-inspired menu, as Redwallers love nuts, cheese, and berries.

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