Summer Berry Salad

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Summer berry salad is one of our favorite sweet summer salads to make. It’s full of ripe berries, candied pecans, goat cheese and tossed with a delicious homemade strawberry dressing. 

Café Zupas has the most amazing salads, soups, and sandwiches. Now, if you’ve never heard of Café Zupas you’re definitely missing out. It’s a chain restaurant in Utah that makes your food fresh, cafeteria style. They make a delicious salad that inspired this Summer Berry Salad recipe. 
 
I was recently introduced to the fast casual restaurant when I ate there before a BYU game. The line wasn’t long and we were treated with a sliced baguette and chocolate covered strawberry. How fun is that?!
 
Anyway, I ordered their Nuts About Berries Salad and fell in love! Fresh, sweet and tart berries on a bed of mixed greens topped with a sweet vinaigrette. I don’t know about you, but it sounds so refreshing!
 
Never mind that I had other obligations to tend to; recreating this salad jumped up to a top priority.

Recreating This Recipe:

Recreating this recipe was perfect timing and totally meant to be because I was in charge of the food at my friend’s bridal shower the following weekend!
 
Needless to say the salad was a hit and has been ever since. It’s made its presence at multiple bridal showers, baby showers, catering events, and family gatherings.
 
What I love about this salad is that it’s one salad that my husband will actually eat! Must be the berries and sweet vinaigrette.
 
If you’re wanting more protein, top the salad with grilled chicken or steak. 
 
It’s the perfect dish for Spring and Summer when berries are in-season and ripe and I can’t wait for you to fall in love with my latest obsession!
 

What To Serve With This Salad:

This salad can be a main dish or a side. Check out these other dishes that pair perfectly! 
 
 
 
 

Ingredients For Summer Berry Salad:

  • Bag Mixed Greens
  • Strawberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Blueberries
  • Green Grapes
  • Candied Pecans (from Trader Joe’s or homemade)
  • Honey Goat Cheese
  • White Balsamic Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Kosher Salt
  • Liquid Coconut Oil

Video Tutorial:

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Secure your cutting board with a wet paper towel.
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Add the greens to the salad bowl.
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Break up any large leaves of lettuce. Look for any brown pieces and discard.
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Submerge the fruit in water to clean. Slice grapes in half.
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Remove the top of the strawberries and slice in quarters.
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Add the boysenberries to the salad.
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Cut the top and bottom off the kiwi and scoop the flesh with a spoon. Cut into small pieces.
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You can also cut the kiwi by removing the skin with a pairing knife and cutting the kiwi from there.
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Add blueberries. I used frozen wild blueberries and just soaked them in water for 3 minutes.
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Add candied pecans.
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Slice some rotisserie chicken and add to the salad.
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To make the dressing place strawberries into a mini food processor.
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Add the honey.
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Add white balsamic vinegar and blend for 20 seconds.
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Stream in coconut oil and blend.
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Add Kosher salt. To make creamy version you can follow next steps. If not place dressing in a jar.
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To make the creamy version remove half to a mason jar and add Greek yogurt.
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Blend and add poppyseeds.
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Add honey goat cheese. Tip: freeze the cheese for 10 minutes to crumble easier. Drizzle w/dressing.
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Enjoy!
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Summer Berry Salad Recipe:

Nuts About Berries Salad

Summer Berry Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This copycat Café Zupas Nuts About Berries Salad is bound to be a favorite at your next get together.

Ingredients

  • 1 (5 ounce) Bag Mixed Greens
  • ½ Cup Strawberries, Sliced
  • ¼ Cup Boysenberries
  • ¼ Cup Blueberries
  • ¼ Cup Green Grapes, Halved
  • ¼ Cup Candied Pecans (from Trader Joe's or homemade)
  • ¼ Cup Honey Goat Cheese, Crumbled (from Trader Joe's)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Strawberries, Sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ¼ Cup White Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼ Cup Liquid Coconut Oil

Instructions

    1. Place all salad ingredients on a serving platter or in a salad bowl.
    2. To make the dressing, place strawberries, honey, white balsamic vinegar, and salt into a mini cuisinart or blender and blend until smooth.
    3. Stream in coconut oil while pulsing the strawberry mixture. Continue pulsing until combined.
    4. Pour desired amount of dressing over the salad and toss together before serving.

Notes

Grilled chicken can be added for additional protein.

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