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Summer Berry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Boost your immune system this summer with this healthy and incredibly simple spinach salad topped with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, almonds, a squeeze of lemon, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing. You’re sure to love this Summer Berry and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing!

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Yes – it’s true. I’ve never loved salad more! This one is so delicious and simple! Add spinach to a bowl. Chop your almonds (or leave them whole!), throw in some blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and toss. Shake up your dressing in a jar – olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard and garlic. Pour over salad and serve!

Seriously – that’s it.

Berry and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Salad Dressing: A healthy and incredibly simple spinach salad topped with strawberries, blueberries, almonds, a squeeze of lemon, and a delightful balsamic vinegar dressing.

What makes this an immune boosting salad?

This salad packs a huge immune boosting punch because it’s loaded with vitamin C from the variety of berries and spinach, beta carotene from the spinach, and vitamin E from the almonds.

Ok, but what’s so special about vitamin C, and the antioxidants beta carotene and vitamin E?

People turn to vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold because it helps build up your immune system. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, and white blood cells are the key to fighting infections. Beta carotene converts to vitamin A (an antioxidant) which may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems as it helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly. Vitamin E is another antioxidant that may help protect your cells from damage.

Berry and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Salad Dressing: A healthy and incredibly simple spinach salad topped with strawberries, blueberries, almonds, a squeeze of lemon, and a delightful balsamic vinegar dressing.

Meal Prep Tips for this Summer Berry Spinach Salad:

If we’re thinking meal prep-situation with this recipe – YES. Absolutely, yes. Here are my tips for that situation!

  • Don’t assemble the whole salad and add the dressing if you’re using this as a meal prep lunch – it will get soggy
  • Reusable glass containers like these (affiliate link) work well for prepping your ingredients! You can prep individual salads into each container – without the dressing
  • Mix up your dressing and keep it in a mason jar, or reusable dressing cups (affiliate link)
  • Add the dressing immediately before eating!
  • If you need/want some protein for lunch (generally a good idea!) grill some chicken breast and add it to this salad. That would not be a bad idea at all
Berry and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Salad Dressing: A healthy and incredibly simple spinach salad topped with strawberries, blueberries, almonds, a squeeze of lemon, and a delightful balsamic vinegar dressing.

If you’re serving this for dinner/a potluck/etc. – toss all the ingredients together, and pour the dressing on just before eating! You can also just set the dressing next to the salad bowl in a little jar for people to add themselves. This salad only makes about 6 servings if you’re eating it as your main course. It serves 8 as a side. You can also double it or cut it in half depending on how many people you need to feed!

Happy lunching, friends! And remember – say NO to boring salads!


More Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes for Lunch:

Berry and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Salad Dressing: A healthy and incredibly simple spinach salad topped with strawberries, blueberries, almonds, a squeeze of lemon, and a delightful balsamic vinegar dressing.

Summer Berry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Salad Dressing

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Boost your immune system this summer with this healthy and incredibly simple spinach salad topped with raspberries, blueberries, almonds, and a delightful balsamic vinegar dressing.

Ingredients

Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Berry and Spinach Salad:

  • 4 cups organic baby spinach
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup almonds

Instructions

Dressing:

  1. Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, salt, and black pepper together in a glass jar with a lid. Place lid on the jar and shake vigorously until thoroughly combined.

Salad:

  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and drizzle lightly with balsamic dressing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 240mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g

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Deborah Brooks

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

I love using honey in my dressings too. All those berries sound great in there

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