This berries salad is a gorgeous summer medley with notes of sweetness that dance on your tongue. It features various kinds of fresh berries and a balsamic-based dressing with a uniquely complex taste. Laid on a bed of crispy lettuce, it strikes the perfect balance of fruits and vegetables, creating a delightful side dish for all your meals.
Is Berries Salad Healthy?
This fruit salad is quite healthy. With berries as the main ingredients, it’s relatively high in vitamin C. Meanwhile, there are only 2 g saturated fat and 213.4 mg sodium, both of which take up less than 10% of the recommended daily intake limit.
Berries contain antioxidants that may help to reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and inflammation disorders. Additionally, their high fiber content helps to improve your digestive tract and promote weight management by reducing appetite.
Ingredients for Berries Salad
As you can already tell from the name, this salad is a fun way to gather all of your favorite berries into one dish. It also features some lettuce leaves and a tangy-sweet dressing to diversify the taste and texture of the dish.
1. For the Salad:
Our recipe uses blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and dried cranberries to create a gorgeous mixture of flavors and colors. These berries, with the exception of cranberries, are in season from June to early September. For the fresh fruits, ripe ones are best because of how sweet and juicy they are.
As a general rule, look for ones that are not bruised, shriveled, or mushy. Ripe ones tend to be shiny and dark in color, with a firm texture that is not too solid. Remember not to wash the berries until right before you plan to use them; otherwise, the moisture might cause them to go bad quickly.
This recipe is entirely customizable, so you can choose any vegetable you like. Our recipe uses crystal lettuce as a bed for the berries. This veggie has a delightful crispiness and a subtle sweetness that complement the berries perfectly.
2. For the Dressing:
- Balsamic vinegar
This sweet and tart vinegar is the dressing’s primary source of flavor. Its complexity gives the salad a strong first impression, taking you by surprise with a dark richness that’s followed by a lingering fruity aftertaste.
A little something to naturally sweeten the dish. It’s enough to lighten up the vinegar taste but not so much that you might find it overwhelming.
- Dijon Mustard
This wonderful condiment has a unique tangy taste that brightens up the whole salad. It also helps to provide a creamy thickness to the dressing’s texture.
- Other ingredients
As always, we stick to the kitchen staples such as parsley, salt, pepper, and olive oil. These ingredients tie the whole dish together in a simple yet effective way.
For the Garnishing:
These nuts are delightfully crunchy and help diversify the salad’s textures. They also have a light sweetness that meshes quite nicely with the various flavors of fruits and vegetables.
- Feta cheese
As a finishing touch, sprinkle in some cheese of your choice. We decided to go with feta cheese for a light tangy taste that melts perfectly with the vinegar-based dressing.
Can I Use Frozen Berries for This Salad?
Fresh ones are preferential, but you can still use frozen berries for this salad. Make sure you defrost them in small batches first. The quickest way is to place them on a microwave-safe plate lined with paper towels and microwave for 30 seconds.
What to Serve Berries Salad With
This salad’s versatile taste makes it easy to pair with a variety of food. You can eat it as a side dish or add the following ingredients to the bowl.
With their subtle flavors, grilled chicken or fried shrimp are excellent choices when you want something savory to accompany this sweet salad.
- Rice & Grain
Quinoa, wild rice, or brown rice are plant-based additions you can make for a more filling and energizing dish. They also bring an earthy taste to the salad that you may find quite refreshing.
- Other fruits
Even though this salad revolves around berries, you can still get creative and bring in some other fruits. Enhance the sweetness with fruits like peaches and cherries, or make it more tropical with some cubes of mangoes and pineapples.
How to Store the Leftovers
This fruit salad shouldn’t be left at room temperature for too long as the berries will become soggy from being soaked in the dressing. It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. If possible, keep the dressing separated from the foods so you can preserve their tastes and textures.
How to Make Berries Salad
This fruit salad recipe features various kinds of berries and a complex dressing that come together in a plate of vibrant sweetness. It's the perfect side dish to accompany all your summer meals because of how flavorful yet easy it is.
- cook TIME 5 mins
- prep TIME 5 mins
- total TIME 10 mins
- COURSE Side Dish
- CUISINE American
- SERVINGS servings
- CALORIES 239 kcal
- 4 oz blackberries
- 6 oz strawberries (halved)
- 6 oz blueberries
- 0.5 oz dried cranberries
- 4 oz crystal lettuce
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
- 2 oz almond (halved)
- 0.5 oz feta cheese (crumbled)
In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp traditional Dijon mustard, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp salt, and 2 tbsp parsley until combined.
Lay 4 oz blackberries, 6 oz strawberries, 6 oz blueberries, and 0.5 oz dried cranberries on top of 4 oz crystal lettuce.
Drizzle the dressing over the top and lightly toss to blend the ingredients together.
Garnish with 2 oz almond and 0.5 oz feta cheese, and enjoy.