A sweet, spicy, and tangy mixed berry salad with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, avocado, red cabbage, black pepper pecans and a balsamic vinegar dressing.
Doesn’t this just scream summer? I love all the bright colors! It would be great for a party, BBQ or just for lunch (I had it today! YUM). If you serve it at a party, you don’t have to worry about keeping it cold since it doesn’t have a mayo or milk based dressing that could spoil. It’s easily customizable, whatever fresh fruit you have, throw it in! It will be a crowd pleaser for sure.
Of course, before I made the salad I had to play with my toppings first. =)
Mixed Berry Summer Salad
This salad is really easy to make too. I washed and prepped all my fruit, cabbage and avocado and set it aside. I used a mix of organic spinach, kale, and swiss chard but you can use whatever leafy greens you have on hand. I sprinkled the red cabbage over the greens and then topped with all my berries and sliced avocado.
I really like avocado in my salad because it’s so creamy, so I thought a banana would give a similar creamy consistency. It did! For a crunchy touch, I used my favorite spicy pecan mix. The pecans are peppered and went perfectly with the dried cranberries and all the sweet fruit in the salad.
I drizzled (Trader Joe’s) balsamic glaze over the top and that’s it! If you don’t have the glaze, regular balsamic vinegar would work just as well. The glaze just has a thicker consistency but it’s the same flavor. Enjoy your sweet, spicy, creamy, tangy mixed berry salad!
- 3-4 cups Mixed greens
- 1 cup Red cabbage, sliced thin
- ¼ cup Raspberries
- ¼ cup Blueberries
- ¼ cup Strawberries, sliced
- ½ avocado, sliced
- ¼ cup Pecans
- ½ Banana, sliced
- Sprinkle of dried cranberries
- 1 T balsamic glaze
- Wash and prep all the greens and fruit.
- Lay the lettuce out first.
- Sprinkle the red cabbage.
- Add the berries.
- Add the sliced avocado.
- Top with pecans.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze over the top.
What do you like to top your salad with? Let me know in the comments!