Summer Berry Salad

Summer Berry Salad

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A summer berry salad with spinach and arugula and an oil free maple dijon vinaigrette gives you the best of both salad worlds, fruits and greens! The maple dijon vinaigrette adds a hint of spice complimenting the sweetness of the fruit and the peppery arugula.

I love a good refreshing salad. In the summer months I enjoy eating the fruits and vegetables that are in season and growing here on the farms in Michigan. Our winters are long here, our summers are too short, so while the days are long, the sun is shining, and fresh seasonal produce is growing out my back door I have to take advantage.

I am not a fabulous gardener. Other than my ability to grow a few herbs in the planters on my deck, I have black thumb. But I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by farms, and my city has a farmer’s market in one corner of town or another nearly every day of the week during the summer.

Berries are in season here in Michigan this time of year. I found myself grabbing every kind of berry I could get my hands on. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries were crowding my refrigerator. With some extra arugula and spinach on hand I pulled together this beautiful salad as an accompaniment to a chickpea pasta dish I made for the family. Funny thing, this summer berry salad was more popular than the pasta!

The salad needed a dressing, and this past weekend my husband and I went to one of my favorite local vegan restaurants for lunch. I ordered a kale salad and it came with a warm dijon vinaigrette. Inspired by their dressing I created this maple dijon vinaigrette. It’s not a warm dressing since this salad is best served cold, but it still has the sweetness with a bit of a bite from the dijon. I also aimed to make this dressing oil-free so that it would be accessible to whole food plant-based vegans.

Ingredients you’ll need for the Summer Berry Salad:

  • 2 cups of organic arugula
  • 2 cups of organic fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup organic strawberries quartered
  • 1/2 cup organic blueberries
  • 1 organic gala apple chopped into chunks
  • 2 mini cucumbers chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw almonds
maple dijon vinaigrette

Ingredients you’ll need for the Oil-Free Maple Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsps of water
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (more if you like it spicier)
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 inch grated fresh ginger

If you like your dijon dressing with a bit more kick add another tsp of dijon. I kept it on the sweeter side for my kids.

summer berry salad with maple dijon vinaigrette

Tools and equipment you’ll need to make this Summer Berry Salad:

A good salad spinner is essential to cleaning your greens without them getting soggy. Soggy greens get the rest of the ingredients in your salad wet. Who wants to eat a soggy salad? It’s an extra step, but it’s worth it.

I use a lemon zester to grate the ginger root. I peel the ginger root first then use the zester to get the ginger into a fine crumbly texture.

If you don’t have a garlic press already, you need one! I often use garlic that’s already minced, it saves me a step, but fresh garlic really goes a long way to enhance the flavors of this dressing. The garlic press takes the effort of trying to finely mince the garlic on your own.

summer berry salad

HOW TO MAKE SUMMER BERRY SALAD WITH MAPLE DIJON VINAIGRETTE – STEP BY STEP

  • Wash greens and get rid of excess water using a salad spinner.
  • On a serving platter spread the fresh spinach and arugula evenly.
  • Top with quartered strawberries, chopped almonds, blueberries, apple chunks, cucumber chunks, and raspberries. (I like to put them in pretty colorful rows.)
  • For the dressing, squeeze about half a lemon in a small bowl, whisk in maple syrup, water, and Dijon mustard. Using a garlic press, mince two cloves of garlic about ½ tsp.
  • Finely grate the fresh ginger using a lemon zester or cheese grater.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour dressing over salad just before serving.

WHAT MAKES THIS SUMMER BERRY SALAD HEALTHY?

This salad is full of vitamins and antioxidants from the berries. This salad contains three servings of leafy greens from the arugula and spinach . Splitting this salad into six servings gives you half a cup of your daily leafy greens. With heart healthy benefits it’s recommended that you eat dark leafy greens everyday.

This maple dijon dressing is also much healthier than your typical vinaigrette without any added oil using lemon juice and water as the base.

summer berry salad

HOW DID THE FAMILY LIKE IT?

My kids loved this salad. They had it with the smallest amount of dressing. They preferred picking the berries off the salad, but I was able to get a few forkfuls of leafy greens into them too.

My husband enjoyed the salad as well. He didn’t notice that the dressing was missing the oil!

VARIATIONS

I used strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries in this salad but you can add blackberries as well. I would have added blackberries, but my family demolished our blackberry supply before I got to prepping this salad.

For some variations on the maple dijon dressing you can sub the lemon juice for vinegar, or do a combination of 1 tbsp of vinegar and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. You can also add more dijon or maple syrup until you get a balance of flavors that you like. More dijon dressing will give it more of a kick, while more maple syrup will make it sweeter.

summer berry salad with maple dijon vinaigrette
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Summer Berry Salad

A summer berry salad with spinach and arugula and an oil free maple dijon vinaigrette gives you the best of both salad worlds, fruits and greens. The maple dijon vinaigrette adds a hint of spice complimenting the sweetness of the fruit and the peppery arugula.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: summer berry salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 68kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic arugula
  • 2 cups organic spinach
  • 1/2 cup organic strawberries quartered
  • 1/2 cup organic blueberries
  • 1/2 cup organic raspberries
  • 2 mini cucumbers chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Wash greens and get rid of excess water using a salad spinner. On a serving platter spread the fresh spinach and arugula on the bottom.
  • Top with quartered strawberries, chopped almonds, blueberries, apple chunks, cucumber chunks, and raspberries. (I like to put them in pretty colorful rows.)
  • For the dressing, squeeze about half a lemon in a small bowl, whisk in maple syrup, water, and Dijon mustard. Using a garlic press, mince two cloves of garlic about ½ tsp.Finely grate the fresh ginger using a lemon zester or cheese grater.Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour dressing over salad just before serving.

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This Post Has 7 Comments


  1. Beautiful, colorful and delicious, but I especially love the dressing recipe!


  2. This was so delicious! We absolutely loved the dressing with the mixture of textures and flavors of this salad! Can’t wait to make it again!


  3. I love everything about this salad! I can’t wait to have it for lunch today!


  4. Oh my goodness, I love everything about this! So delicious and such a perfect summer lunch.


  5. This salad is the perfect summer meal! It’s fresh, its flavorful and it’s fast – perfect!!

  6. This is appetizing! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ Interested in doing collabs? xx

  7. Love the sound of this salad and especially that vinaigrette, bet the ginger gives it a lovely kick.

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