This summer berry salad with white balsamic salad dressing is the perfect combination of tanginess and bright berry flavor to make this salad perfect for any summer meal.
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Now that it's summertime, I want all the summer produce ALL THE TIME. I grab all the freshest fruit every grocery run. Tis the season for fresh, flavorful, delicious, and discounted fresh produce. That's why I've been trying to eat more seasonally- it's often less expensive, and it tastes better. That's regardless of purchasing from your local grocery store or farmers market. It's glorious.
How this summer berry salad fits into my lifestyle
With all the berries on sale, I've been adding them to my yogurt, smoothies, salads, and of course eating them plain. I've been particularly loving the sweet berry addition to my salads lately. They're an easy addition that adds a lot of flavor and texture without much effort. That's right up my alley.
I've been buying large bags of spinach at the store, and have been eating the same summer berry salad. It's so delicious and easy that I don't even mind the monotony. I paired this fresh, sweet, and delicious salad with the easiest ever white balsamic dressing. Last week, I literally drizzled white balsamic dressing, extra virgin olive oil, and a squeeze of lime on my salad. I made it the next day, with the same super simple dressing, but it didn't taste quite as good. I was bummed that I didn't get the proportions right the 2nd time. On day 3, I decided to mix the dressing in a glass bottle so I could save a few minutes making it each day, keep the flavors consistent, and make the dressing super accessible. I grabbed my favorite tall SKS Bottle, filled it with vinegar, olive oil, and lime, shook it and dressed my salad. It was just that easy and it tasted just as good as on day 1.
How this summer berry salad will make your life easier
I know it seems like an extra step to pre-mix the dressing, but this is a dressing that you'll want to have on hand. It's easy, versatile, and super delicious. Keep it as is to top this summer berry salad, add a spoonful of dijon mustard for a kick, or mustard and garlic for a great salad that you can add lunch meat, your favorite cheese, and other veggies.
Not only will this super easy and delicious dressing make your life easier, but this awesome bottle will too. I was sent a box full of bottles from SKS a couple of months ago. I've been trying to buy more glassware for storage to reduce how much plastic I'm using so I've been looking for storage containers that not only look great, but are durable, functional, and high quality. Luckily I received a box of really great quality and functional bottles at just the right time. I ended up immediately washing the tall bottle I used here and a shorter bottle to fill with dressings and sauces. I even dropped the tall bottle onto my kitchen floor. I was sure it'd break, but the thick glass withstood the fall. Durable glassware is important for just about anyone, especially anyone with little kids around. These bottles fit the bill of being durable and high quality.
- I love using white balsamic dressing in this salad dressing. It's a milder version of the traditional balsamic dressing. It's bright and refreshing.
- Use whichever berries/fruit you have on hand, it's great with mixed berries, cherries or even watermelon!
- Add fresh fish or grilled chicken and some of your favorite bread to turn this appetizer salad into a summery main dish.
- If you like more of a balsamic punch on your salads, try this easy balsamic dressing. Or add this strawberry puree for some extra sweetness. Oh man, sorry to overwhelm you with options, but they're too good to not share.
Summer Berry Salad with White Balsamic Dressing
- cutting board
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- 16 oz fresh spinach
- 2 cups snap peas sliced down the middle
- 2 cups berries sliced strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, etc
- 4 oz feta cheese
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (dressing)
- 2 cups white balsamic vinegar (dressing)
- 1 teaspoon lime juice (dressing)
- Add fresh spinach to serving bowl, top with sliced snap peas, berries, and feta cheese.
- Make the dressing by pouring olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice into SKS bottle. Ingredients will separate, shake prior to serving. Enjoy.
Jessica Robinson says
Oh how delicious does this salad look?! Perfect for summer with all the flavors of berries and that delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Oh now I'm hungry!
Catherine Brown says
Mmmmm, I love summer berries in a salad! I don't think I've ever put this many different ones in the same salad though... love all this color! and those sugar snap peas too!
thanks so much! and yes, summer berries are the best in a salad!
Deborah Brooks says
I love balsamic on strawberries and the fruit is just so good right now. I cannot get enough
Well first of all, this salad is absolutely gorgeous! It also sounds delicious! I'm a huge fan of summer salads and I can't wait to try this one, thanks!
thanks so much, Kristine! let me know how it turns out
Tara @ Unsophisticook says
What a fabulous summer salad! Love balsamic vinegar, but I've never tried white balsamic -- will have to keep an eye out for it...
thanks Tara! and you'll have to try it, it's awesome!
I love a berry salad any day of the week during summer! And white balsamic vinaigrette is our go-to around here. Such a lovely, timely salad...thanks for sharing! 🙂
awesome to hear! thanks Traci
Love, love love a refreshing summer salad. And, I agree with you about white balsamic being a lighter version for summer. Fun photos, by the way.
thanks so much Pam! and yes, white balsamic is awesome!
Abbey Sharp says
This salad screams summer! Also love balsamic dressings 🙂
haha, right?! and me too, they're so flavorful & can be so easy
Emily @Sinful Nutrition says
I can never get enough salads OR berries in the summer, so this is perfect! Can't wait to give it a try!
right?! same here
Is there anything better than a healthy salad on a summer day? Love the berry addition. Yum!
no, there is not!
Jessica Levinson says
What a perfect summer lunch! Looks so delicious!
Jessica Formicola says
I love this salad! So fresh and perfect for summer!
thanks so much!
Yum! How fresh and delicious looking! And your pictures are gorgeous!
thanks & thanks Lisa! I enjoy photography so much
Jenni LeBaron says
This vinaigrette sounds wonderful and this salad sounds perfect for the warm weather we've been having!
thanks so much! I'm all about summer produce in the summer!
ali randall says
This is my kind of summer salad. Love the addition of snap peas for crunch. And the feta must add wonderful creamy goodness. It's going on my lunch rotation.
yay! let me know how it turns out
Heidy L. McCallum says
Looks wonderful with all those fresh juicy berries, who would want to dig into this wonderful salad?
thanks so much Heidy! I agree, who wouldn't?!