Sweet and fresh Berry Crunch Salad with maple-vanilla candied nuts, then topped with an oil-free strawberry balsamic dressing. Tasty and also customizable!
This delightfully sweet berry fruit salad recipe tastes so fresh!
It combines colorful plants and naturally-sweetened candied nuts.
Then it is topped with a simple but tasty strawberry balsamic dressing.
The bright flavors make a great side dish for potlucks, BBQs, or simply at-home enjoyment.
Ingredients for Berry Salad
For the salad portion you will toss together:
- Mixed baby greens: Or other salad greens or lettuce of choice such as arugula, baby spinach salad, etc.
- Fresh strawberries
- Fresh blueberries
- Clementine: Or mandarins, oranges, etc.
- Maple-Vanilla Candied Nuts: This gives the salad nice crunch, texture, and added protein. You can make these ahead of time if desired.
Ingredients for Strawberry Dressing
For the dressing you will combine in a small blender:
- Fresh strawberries: Be sure your berries are ripe and flavorful as that can make all the difference. I purchase organic when possible.
- Balsamic vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- A touch of salt: I use fine-grain salt for this recipe.
- Water to thin if desired
- Poppy seeds: These are optional (but recommended!) if you'd like a poppyseed dressing. We will stir or whisk them in after we blend the dressing.
Fruit: Toss in other fresh berries like fresh raspberries, fresh blackberries, or even pineapple. (You could even substitute raspberries in the dressing to make it a raspberry vinaigrette instead.)
Nuts and seeds: I enjoy this salad with the maple-vanilla candied walnuts, but add any nuts and seeds of your choice such as candied almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.
Dairy-free cheese: Top your bowl with a sprinkle of vegan feta cheese or vegan goat cheese crumbles if desired.
Preparing ahead: If making ahead of time, store salad and dressing separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. We find it keeps for about 2-3 days.
This salad is great for seasonal eating in the spring and summertime!
Berry Crunch Salad with Strawberry-Balsamic Dressing
- 5 oz. mixed baby greens
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 2-3 clementines/mandarins (or 1 large orange)
- 1 cup maple-vanilla candied nuts
- Optional: other nuts/seeds, berries, green onion, avocado, etc.
For the strawberry-balsamic dressing:
- 1 heaping cup fresh strawberries (about 5 oz. de-stemmed)
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. water (if needed to thin)
- 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds (optional)
- Meanwhile, make the dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients (except poppy seeds) in a small blender or food processor. Blend well to combine. Stir in poppy seeds after blending, if using.
- Prepare your salad: Add mixed greens to a plate/bowl. Remove stems from strawberries and slice. Peel clementine and break into single segments. Top salad greens with strawberries, blueberries, and clementine.
- Add candied walnuts, and top with desired amount of dressing.
- If saving leftovers or preparing for later, store salad and dressing separately in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)
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