Berry Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

berry spinach salad with poppyseed strawberry balsamic vinaigrette

This week’s Special of the Week is Berry Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Balsamic Vinaigrette, that is a mouth full.  But so this salad.  I initially saw it on Tasty and decided to give it my spin.  Even though the berry season doesn’t peak until summer, I could not wait to make this salad. Don’t worry; I will be making this salad again come this summer!  I would only make this salad with fresh fruit, but unsweetened frozen strawberries are suitable for the dressing.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this salad as one large salad, four small ones, or six side salads.  It also works great for people who meal prep.  

Use any salad greens of your choice; however, I would avoid romaine or iceberg lettuce. I used spring mix and baby spinach. If this does not meet your protein needs, add grilled chicken or roasted pork tenderloin on the side directly to the salad. The fruit and balsamic vinegar in this recipe plays quite well with pork.  The cheese can be easily swapped out for feta or omitted if you like.   I prefer almonds, but walnuts and pecans work just as well. It doesn’t matter if they are raw or roasted. The original recipe called for candied walnuts; however, candied pecans and almonds work as well. I have to avoid sugar as much as possible.  I was pushing it with this recipe because of all the fruit.  Consequently, I ended using a sugar-free “honey” in the dressing and slightly fewer berries in the salad. 

Storage

This salad kept for three days stored in a plastic container in the refrigerator. It was still crisp and delicious.  The apples were starting to turn; if that bothers you, feel free to buy pre-sliced package apples. Add the apple sliced right before serving.

I hope you enjoy this Berry Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe!

berry spinach salad with poppyseed strawberry balsamic vinaigrette

Berry Spinach Mix Salad with Poppy Seed Balsamic Vinaigrette

The perfect salad for berry season
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Low Calorie
Keyword: berries, salad, spinach
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
 

For the Salad

For the Dressing

Instructions
 

Dressing

  • Combined hulled strawberries, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt and pepper into a blend.
  • Blend until smooth. Refrigerate.

Salad

  • Using a vegetable peeler along the long side of the parmesan cheese, make strips. Break up into smaller pieces if desired
  • In a large bowl or 4 large salad bowls/plates, add salad greens.
  • Top with onions, blueberries, strawberries, red onion, apple, cheese, and almonds
  • Drizzle the desired amount of salad dressing.

Notes

Equally good with pecans and walnuts
Can substitute feta cheese for parmesan
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Berry Spinach Mix Salad with Poppy Seed Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount per Serving
Calories
495
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
35
g
54
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Cholesterol
 
19
mg
6
%
Sodium
 
660
mg
29
%
Potassium
 
501
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
32
g
11
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
Vitamin A
 
729
IU
15
%
Vitamin C
 
57
mg
69
%
Calcium
 
450
mg
45
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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