Summer Berry Salad
Summer Berry Salad

Being healthy comes so much easier to me when the weather is warm. Does it come easy to you? The food is always so fresh—I mean, really, does anyone crave soup and chili in June? And the sunshine and warmth are just the perfect recipe for being outside and doing stuff. No need to hit up the gym for me! I’m too busy talking walks, going on hikes, slinging compost, and carrying bales of straw.

Summer Berry Salad

This summer berry salad is a perfect example. I’m not usually a big salad person, but when the lettuce is fresh and crisp from the garden and sweet, juicy fruits are ripe for the picking? How can I not put them into a beautiful, tasty salad? It’d be wrong not to!

This salad is a wonderful combination of sweet, savory, and tangy. I chose to use sharp cheddar cheese from my friends at Cabot (their Vermont Sharp? Amazing.), but it would also be amazing with some really good crumbled feta or blue cheese sprinkled on top. And if you wanted to make the dish a little more substantial, some thinly-sliced grilled chicken would be a great addition!

Summer Berry Salad

Let’s talk for a sec about this dressing—oh my gosh, this dressing! You know I love making my own salad dressing. Homemade dressings are easy, flavorful, and super cost-effective. They also let me customize the dressing flavor to the salad ingredients so that it’s just right. This lemon-poppyseed vinaigrette is tart, savory, fresh and the perfect way to balance out the sweetness of the berries and the nuttiness of the toasted almonds. It would also make an amazing chicken or shrimp marinade, and I can’t wait to try it as the dressing on a fresh pasta salad (kinda like my friend Jenn’s Confetti Pasta Salad—so good!). Even if you don’t make the salad (which, um, you should), you should definitely try out this dressing. It comes together in a flash, so you have nothing to lose! Enjoy.

Summer Berry Salad with Lemon-Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Summer Berry Salad with Lemon-Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

This light and fresh Summer Berry Salad is a great way to showcase the flavors of the season in a healthy lunch.


For the Salad:

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 head bib lettuce, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 ounce sharp cheddar, cut into matchsticks

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place the almonds in a small skillet over medium high heat. Toast until just slightly brown and fragrant, about two minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Assemble the remaining salad ingredients in a bowl. Top with roasted almonds.
  3. Add the dressing ingredients into a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid, close and shake until well-combined. Drizzle on top of salad right before serving.


Don't want to use sharp cheddar? Try feta, blue cheese or even going dairy-free.

To make this a more substantial salad, serve it up with some grilled chicken slices or sautéed shrimp.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 6gSugar: 13gProtein: 6g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.


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  1. I haven’t tried it yet. I need to pick up some of the ingredients. It looks wonderful. Please provide the calories in a single serving. Thank you

  2. This looks awesome! If I wanted to turn this into a mason jar salad for on-the-go lunches, how would you suggest layering it? Or would you just throw it all in and put the dressing in a separate container?

  3. This looks like the perfect salad! I love adding fruit to salads, and this dressing!? Looks awesome 🙂

  4. This salad looks delicious! And I die for the Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar, I won’t buy anything else!