FThis Triple Berry Mixed Green Salad with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, feta cheese (or goat cheese) and toasted almonds is perfect for a potluck, deck party or any occasion. A fresh and tasty spring and summer salad with a creamy balsamic dressing that always gets devoured!
This Triple Berry Mixed Green Salad is a classic recipe that everyone seems to love. With a creamy balsamic vinaigrette, a smattering of feta cheese and a few crunchy toasted almonds, it makes a complete lunch or a delicious side salad.
Lately I've focused on including more berries in my diet, as they are such a powerhouse of nutrition. Strawberry season is on the horizon and the hummingbirds are already fighting over the blossoms on the raspberry bushes in the garden. Next up on my list of salads to make will be one of my favourites: Strawberry Cucumber Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing!
Berries are so easy to add to a salad.
They make a great contrast in colour and texture when tossed with mixed lettuce and kale. They're delicious added to smoothies and shakes as well. When baked in these Mixed Berry Baked Oatmeal Cups and served with kefir or yogurt, they round out a delicious breakfast.
Why should I eat more berries?
- Berries are a low-sugar fruit, so they're better for stabilizing your blood sugar levels than high-sugar fruit like grapes or pineapple.
- They're an excellent source of fiber so they'll keep you feeling full and help improve your digestion.
- Their bright colour shows they're loaded with antioxidants to boost your immune system.
- Berries are full of essential vitamins and minerals.
- They're so versatile. Berries are delicious in both sweet and savory recipes.
Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries seem to be the most popular berries, but I also love Saskatoon berries and huckleberries.
I had planned to make a kale salad today, but the kale I had could definitely not be described as tender. I massaged it, then added some mixed greens instead before topping the salad with berries, feta cheese and almonds.
How to massage kale
Begin by removing the leaves from the stems either by slicing them out with a knife or running your fingers along the stem to strip off the leaves. Discard or compost the stems as they are tough and fibrous.
Then finely chop the kale leaves and transfer to a bowl. Add a teaspoon each of olive oil and lemon juice. Massage with your fingers for 3 - 5 minutes, making sure all the leaves get your special touch! Once the leaves seem to be softer and slightly wilted, add the remaining salad ingredients.
Taking the time to prepare the kale this way will make a big difference to your salad.
Shake the dressing ingredients together in a Mason jar, or use a blender or an immersion blender to combine them. This dressing will stay emulsified for 30 minutes or longer.
The yogurt is optional, but it makes a creamy dressing and tempers the tang of the balsamic vinegar. If you'd like a thinner dressing, add a couple of teaspoons of water.
Colour, texture, salty feta and naturally sweet berries make this berry salad recipe a keeper!
Triple Berry Mixed Green Salad
- 1 cup kale finely chopped or baby kale
- 1 tsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3 cups mixed greens
- 2 tbsp red onion finely chopped
- 1/2 cup strawberries halved or sliced if large
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup feta cheese or goat cheese, crumbled
- 2 tbsp sliced almonds toasted
Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 1/2 tbsp quality balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp honey or erythritol for Keto diet
- 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp shallot finely chopped
- 1/2 clove garlic minced
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Wash kale leaves and remove center rib. Finely chop and transfer to a medium bowl. Massage with 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp lemon juice for 3 - 5 minutes or until it has started to wilt.
- Add remaining washed and dried mixed greens and red onion. Arrange berries, cheese and toasted almonds on top.
- Shake the Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing ingredients in a Mason jar or combine with a blender. Serve on the side.
Kitchen Items I used to make this Triple Berry Mixed Green Salad
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