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Berry crunch salad on a plate with strawberry dressing

Berry Crunch Salad with Strawberry-Balsamic Dressing

Fresh and sweet berry crunch salad with maple candied nuts. Then topped with an oil-free strawberry balsamic dressing!
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:25 mins
Total Time:25 mins
CourseSalad, Side Dish
CuisineGluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings4

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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 clementines and break into single segments. Top salad greens with strawberries, blueberries, and clementines.
  • 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.

Notes

Be sure to find ripe & fresh berries/produce. This salad is great for seasonal eating when ingredients are at peak harvest and flavor.
Add your own favorite additions such as raspberries, blackberries, green onion, other seeds/nuts, avocado, etc.
If making the candied walnuts ahead of time, this salad only takes about 10 minutes (or less) to prepare.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 224 kcal | Carbohydrates: 27 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Potassium: 237 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 19 g | Vitamin A: 421 IU | Vitamin C: 50 mg | Calcium: 77 mg | Iron: 1 mg