Spinach Almond and Berries Salad #TheSaladBar

This Spinach Almond and Berries Salad is the perfect way to showcase the best of summer’s bounty!Spinach Almond and Berries Salad

Spinach Almond and Berries Salad

My friend, Wendy, of Weekend Gourmet, has started a new blogging group called The Salad Bar. Each month we will blog about a salad with a different theme. June brings us berries, so I remembered the cover photo of a cookbook I bought over a decade ago in Colorado. It featured a bed of greens with a sprinkling of colorful berries. A sweet vinaigrette pairs delightfully with the fruit laden salad. That was my inspiration for this Spinach, Almond and Berries Salad.

Spinach Almond and Berries Salad

My Tastebuds Have Matured

Growing up, my mom would try to shake up the ordinary tossed salad. We expected tomatoes, cucumbers and other raw ingredients. We weren’t thrilled when she tossed in some leftover steamed green beans and were appalled if fruit was involved. But the first spinach and strawberry salad changed our minds…and since then, I’ve been a huge fan of berries in salads. To make this lovely version, spinach and bib lettuce were tossed with perfectly ripe strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Toasted slivered almonds and green onions were added to the mix before tossing with a sweetened sherry vinaigrette. Ideal for a picnic, barbecue or just a weeknight dinner at home. Make sure to scroll down to see all the creative salads featuring the luscious spring crop of berries.

With Cathy, The Dutch Baker’s Daughter, and Wendy, when they
were in Indiana for the Super Bowl.

Spinach, Almond and Berries Salad

Serves 4 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Adapted from Colorado Colare

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder

Salad

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 8 ounces baby spinach
  • 8 ounces butter lettuce
  • 4 green onions, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing by whisking all ingredients except oil. Slowly drizzle in oil while whisking constantly. Set aside.
  2. Toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Before serving, add the vinaigrette and toss.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 418kcal Calories from fat 230
% Daily Value
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 96mg 4%
Carbohydrate 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 34g
Protein 7g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Comments

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Such a pretty and healthy salad! Sounds like a fun monthly meme too:@)

  2. I am so curious about your dressing with some Worcestershire in it. I’ll have to try that. Salad is so pretty. Good for the Salad Bar.

  3. Yum! What a beautiful salad. The dressing sounds perfect.

  4. Beautiful and healthy salad , Lizzy ! The dressing itself sounds yummy .

  5. I want a big plate of this bursting-with-blueberries salad now…and to be sharing it in person with you, sweet Lizzy! Love that pic…it was so great to meet you and Cathy that weekend!!

  6. Sherry vinaigrette pairs so perfectly with berries. And so do almonds – delicious salad Liz!

  7. YUMMmmy,
    Liz, you are adorable. I love your hair cut! Swwweeet. X

  8. Perfect berry salad, pinned!!

  9. I love strawberries in salad! This looks delicious Liz! Pinned it for later! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Liz – I love this salad, packed with different berries and almonds. Delicious!!!!

  11. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says:

    Beautiful berry salad! Oh yeah, that Worcestershire is going to add lots of umami to the dressing!

  12. I’m still jealous that you got to meet Wendy… well, and I’m jealous that Wendy go to meet you too!! Someday I hope to sit down with you both.
    But in the meantime, I’m loving what you put together. I keep forgetting about dill, but it’s actually one of my mom’s favorite herbs. I have a packet of seeds that I meant to plant, and your salad has reminded me AND inspired me to go plant them this morning. Thanks Liz!

  13. This salad looks so beautifully vibrant! I really love all the mixed berries in this salad and the dressing sounds wonderful Liz!

  14. Mmm. Wish I could dig in to that lovely bowl of greens and berries right now! The dressing with the nuts and fruits looks pretty darn good, too =)

  15. Beautiful! The dressing sounds wonderful!

  16. Beautiful salad, Liz. I love the combination of strawberries and almonds. Yum.

  17. Such a beautiful salad, full of delicious flavors. Perfect weeknight meal when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen.

  18. You are so pretty, Lizzy – and skinny! How you do it – I have absolutely no idea! You do so much baking. Your salad looks so colorful. I love salad with fruit in it – that’s the best kind of salad!

  19. Oh yum that salad dressing sounds so amazing!

  20. I love the triple berry idea with the spinach and your dressing sounds so delicious to.

  21. The greens in this are simply gorgeous 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  22. This looks great Liz! I love the look of your dressing with Worch sauce and dry mustard. I’m thinking this would be a great salad to add flank steak slices to for my husband. Love!

  23. I love that you added dill to the berries and didn’t use all spinach. Sounds perfect to me!

  24. Hotly Spiced says:

    That is a very pretty looking salad. I don’t think I’ve ever had a berry salad before. Sadly, I’ll have to put this on hold as it’s just too expensive now to be doing anything with fresh berries. They’re out of season! xx

  25. Nancy Long says:

    I love putting fruit in my tossed salads

  26. I love salad with berries in it…especially with some gorgonzola cheese thrown in! This looks so perfect for summer:)

  27. Love those beautiful berries on your salad!

  28. What a fantastic collection of salads! I always enjoy eating something fresh and delicious! Your salad with the spinach and strawberries would be so refreshing.

  29. Perfect summer salad. Looks perfect.

  30. A very colourful and healthy summer salad, Liz.

  31. Seriously woman, this is spectacular.

  32. Oh my–you have outdone yourself with this salad, Liz. All those beautiful berries! I’m so glad that I got to meet you in Indiana. One of the best benefits of this blogging business is meeting such fabulous people! 🙂

  33. Very pretty salad and unique dressing. Sounds like a winning combo to me!

  34. Your salad is so pretty with the berries!

  35. I am loving this berry theme! Berrylicious!

  36. Yay! I’m all for the Salad Bar:) Wonderful roundup of berry salads!

  37. Cynthia L. says:

    I love a spinach salad with almonds and berries. The first time I had one was years ago in Gettysburg, PA! I was hooked. Your salad looks great!

  38. I adore strawberries and really, ANY berry aded to salads for that sweet and savory marriage of flavors! Your salad looks fantastic Liz! Thanks for leading me to Wendy’s new monthly salad round-up where I added another Strawberry & Romaine salad. What a wonderful, wonderful blog get-together theme!

    xo
    Roz

  39. It’s a gorgeous salad! I love the use of three berries in the salad!

  40. One of our favorite salads!! So fun and summery!

  41. Ahh.. is looking fabulous.. I would love to try it. Love the fact you used berries in the salad.. it’s quite new to me.

  42. Beautiful and colorful salad. I have never tried strawberries in savory style salad, but you are tempting me. 🙂

  43. Love this salad! The idea of all of those berries in a salad is just irresistible. I was surprised to see such a large amount of Worchestershire sauce in the dressing. That’s an ingredient that I use in moderation because it’s so strong, but when I think about it – it’s not as powerful as balsamic. I can definitely see how it could work with all those berries. This is a keeper!

  44. Yummy in my tummy!

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