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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.
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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 poppy seed 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 berry salad.
Ingredients in Nuts About Berries Salad
Mix and match fresh berries to create your perfect summer salad. You can also substitute candied almonds or walnuts for the cinnamon pecans, or goat cheese or blue cheese for the Feta cheese.
- Mixed greens, spring mix, or spinach leaves
- Fresh berries
- Cinnamon pecans
- Feta cheese
Health Benefits of Eating Greens and Berries
There are many healthy benefits to eating leafy greens and fresh berries. The combination of the two in this salad tastes great, and will make you feel great too!
Benefits of eating fresh greens
- Vitamins A, C, and K1
- High in iron and calcium
- Contains antioxidants
- Reduce risk of heart disease
Benefits of eating berries
- Helps manage cholesterol
- Improves skin health
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves digestion
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.
Ways to use leftover berries
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!
Frequently Asked Questions
There are 122 calories in a side salad serving of this salad, including the dressing.
Yes! Frozen raspberries work well in this dressing. Thaw the raspberries before adding them to the blender.
Pecans, almonds, and walnuts go well in salads, especially salads with fruit. They are extra delicious when they are candied. Cashews taste great in Asian inspired salads.
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How to Make Nuts About Berries Salad
Nuts About Berries Salad
Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
- Wash and dry the berries and greens. Toss berries, cinnamon pecans, and feta cheese over the mixed greens.
- Top with our Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing.
Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- 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.
- Candied almonds or pecans can be used in place of the cinnamon pecans.
- Goat cheese or blue cheese can be used in place of the Feta cheese.
- Poppy seed dressing, balsamic vinegar dressing, our homemade Creamy Strawberry Balsamic Dressing or a store bought raspberry vinaigrette can be used in place of the homemade dressing.
- Red onion can be added for a boost of flavor.
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