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Berry Spring Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This berry spring salad with maple vinaigrette is simple, fresh, and full of flavor that makes the taste buds happy. Spring and early summer is peak strawberry season here in the Midwest.

Delicious Salad with Fresh Ingredients

We like to make this in spring and early summer as the strawberries at the farmers markets are plentiful and just perfectly ripe and juicy.

Minimal ingredients make this super simple to make.

This plant-based recipe is loaded with flavor, texture, and nutrients.

Berry Spring Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Berry Spring Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Make This Salad Any Time of the Year

While we love to make this in the spring with the farmer’s market strawberries, you can buy strawberries any season of the year in most grocery stores so make this any time of the year.

Berry Spring Salad with Maple Vinaigrette Served in a Bowl
Berry Spring Salad with Maple Vinaigrette Served in a Bowl

Berry Spring Salad Ingredients

  • Spring Greens
  • Strawberries
  • Red Onions

We kept this salad amazingly simple today; however, if you wanted to add more ingredients you sure can. Here are a few ideas for you to consider.

Adding Red Onion to the Salad Greens
Adding Red Onion to the Salad Greens

Fruit in salads is just delicious and today we used strawberries; however, there are a wide variety of fruits that are amazing in salads. Here are a few to try; peaches, pears, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, and mandarin oranges.

Nuts such as chopped walnuts, pecans, pistachios, or almonds would add a nice nutty flavor and crunch to the salad. While the spring greens are full of delicious and tender flavor, other options or additions could be butter lettuce, spinach, and if you wanted a bit heartier leaf iceberg lettuce or cabbage could be added.

Cheese on salads is another great option. Think about a fresh Parmesan, BellaVitano, Asiago, or a crumbled Feta cheese and how just a little would add to the taste.

Be creative when making your salad or keep it simple and quick. Either way, you are certain to end up with a delicious salad.

Maple Vinaigrette
Maple Vinaigrette

Maple Vinaigrette Ingredients

If you have not yet had the chance to make this homemade salad dressing, I urge you to give it a try.  It is scrumptious enough to be served as a fancy salad or added to an everyday quick salad that you might bring to work.

Simple ingredients are combined to make this full-flavor salad dressing.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper

We have a fancy restaurant in town that uses this maple vinaigrette dressing as their house salad dressing. Once you make this, you will taste why.

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Berry Spring Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This berry spring salad with maple vinaigrette is simple, fresh, and full of flavor that makes the taste buds happy. Spring and early summer is peak strawberry season here in the Midwest.
 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salad, healthy recipe, salad dressing, Strawberry recipe, summer recipe
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 162kcal

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Ingredients

  • 10 oz Spring Greens or Baby Spinach
  • 2 cups Strawberries Rinsed and Sliced
  • ½ Red Onion Sliced Thin

Maple Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the spring mix, thinly sliced red onions, and sliced strawberries.
    Adding Red Onion to the Salad Greens
  • Make the dressing by combining the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, maple syrup, whole grain Dijon Mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.
    Maple Vinaigrette
  • Pour the salad dressing over the greens, gently toss to combine, and serve.
    Berry Spring Salad with Maple Vinaigrette Served in a Bowl

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Variations to Recipe:

Fruit in salads is just delicious and today we used strawberries; however, there are a wide variety of fruits that are amazing in salads. Here are a few to try; peaches, pears, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, and mandarin oranges.
Nuts such as chopped walnuts, pecans, pistachios, or almonds would add a nice nutty flavor and crunch to the salad.
While the spring greens are full of delicious and tender flavor, other options or additions could be butter lettuce, spinach, and if you wanted a bit heartier leaf iceberg lettuce or cabbage could be added.
Cheese on salads is another great option. Think about a fresh Parmesan, BellaVitano, Asiago, or a crumbled Feta cheese and how just a little would add to the taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2519IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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