Nuts About Berries Salad

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This Nuts About Berries Salad is colorful, flavorful, and refreshing in the spring and summer months when you can pick or purchase delicious, fresh berries.

Nuts About Berries Salad with dressing on the side.

Nuts About Berries Salad

My daughter and I tried a similar Nuts About Berries Salad at one of our favorite lunch spots — Cafe Zupas (locations in Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, and Utah). We thought we would give it a try at home and it turned out great. I made a few changes and swapped out the almonds for pecans, added a sprinkle of feta cheese, and made a Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing instead of serving it with Poppyseed Dressing. The Raspberry Vinaigrette has a lighter berry taste and uses less oil. I think it really brings out the flavor of the berries. Either way, you have the makings of a delicious summer salad.

Where can I find fresh berries?

My sister, Elise, used to live in Alaska and could literally stop her car and pick fresh berries on the side of the road. If you are fortunate enough to live in a place where you can do this, or grow your own, you are so lucky! If not, local farmer’s markets usually carry fresh picked berries in the spring and early summer. I can also usually get good berries at Costco. If I splurge and buy them at Costco, it’s a treat because I don’t need to use them all for this salad. We have berries over frozen yogurt or sherbet for dessert, or I use what’s left to make our Grab and Go Breakfast Parfaits. You can also use the remaining berries in our Strawberries and Cream Cake. Or, use the fruit to dip in our delicious Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip. So many possibilities with fresh berries!

This Nuts About Berries Salad recipe will make 4 dinner-size salads (add grilled chicken for a heartier meal) or 6-8 side salads.

Nuts About Berries Salad like Cafe Zupas

How to Make Nuts About Berries Salad

Nuts About Berries Salad with dressing on the side.

Nuts About Berries Salad

5 from 6 votes
This Nuts About Berries Salad is colorful, flavorful, and refreshing in the spring and summer months when you can pick or purchase delicious, fresh berries.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8

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Ingredients

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Cinnamon pecans

Instructions

  • Wash and dry the berries and greens. Toss berries, cinnamon pecans, and feta cheese over the mixed greens. Top with our Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (below), our Creamy Strawberry Balsamic Dressing, poppyseed dressing, or dressing of your choice. This recipe makes 4 large dinner salads or 6 to 8 side salads.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Cinnamon Pecans

  • Toss pecans in a skillet over medium heat. Add sugar and continue to stir pecans until the sugar is melted. Sprinkle cinnamon over pecans and remove from heat. Immediately place pecans on a piece of tin foil to cool. The pecans will burn if they are left in the skillet.

Notes

*This recipe provides 8 side servings or 4 main dish servings.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 515IUVitamin C: 31.4mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 0.8mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    OMG! All the berries in this were amazing and the pecans were the icing on the salad 🙂

  2. with the raspberry vinaigrette. what size container to put it in and how much does it make, how long will it last?

    1. The raspberry vinaigrette recipe makes about 1 cup. I usually put it in a glass dressing bottle. It will last up to a week in the refrigerator.