Antioxidant Salad with Blueberry Tahini Dressing

Blueberries are used as a salad topping and as a base for the dressing in this bright and colorful antioxidant salad! (Sponsored by Dole.)

I know a lot of folks think salads are boring, but in case you were wondering I’m not one of those people. I eat at least one salad every day and sometimes I’ll have two a day. They never really get old.

Antioxidant Salad with Blueberry Tahini Dressing #vegan #healthy #plantbased

Plus, they are so easy to toss together and you can literally make a million different combos. At some point I really want to write a salad cookbook or open a salad shop. Although, most of my favorite salads involve throwing anything and everything we have in the fridge on top of a bed of greens, drizzling on a little dressing, sprinkling on some nuts and seeds and calling it a salad. Sooo…. the cookbook/shop could get a little interesting. 😉

That said, sometimes I do have a plan when making salads. For instance, the one I’m sharing today. I wanted a nutrient-dense, plant-based salad that combined Dole’s fresh blueberries and baby spinach. It had to be big (my salad motto = go big or go home), flavorful, colorful, filling and delicious (duh!).

Antioxidant Power Salad with Blueberry Tahini Dressing #vegan #healthy #plantbased

The final result totally fits the bill. It’s packed with seasonal produce and combines a variety of flavors and textures. From the fresh berries to the creamy avocado, chewy raisins and the crunchy cucumbers and sunflower seeds — no two bites are the same.

Antioxidant Power Salad with Blueberry Tahini Dressing #vegan #healthy #plantbased

And the dressing…. oh man, it has a vibrant hue, a rich and creamy texture and a hint of sweetness. The blueberries and tahini work so well together!

This vibrant blueberry tahini dressing is rich, creamy and delicious.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get better… you’ll be happy to know that blueberries are loaded with phytonutrients which function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. The antioxidants in blueberries help fight off cancer, age related memory loss and keep your skin looking young.

I never want blueberry season to end!

Antioxidant Salad with Blueberry Tahini Dressing #vegan #healthy #plantbased

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Antioxidant Salad with Blueberry Tahini Dressing, spinach salad with avocado, berries and nuts.

Antioxidant Salad with Blueberry Tahini Dressing


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2

Description

Antioxidant-rich blueberries are used as a salad topping and as a base for the dressing in this bright and colorful summer salad!


Ingredients

  • 4 cups Dole baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons roasted and salted sunflower seeds

Blueberry Tahini Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Dole blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons tahini
  • sea salt, to taste
  • water, if needed

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients for the dressing into a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. The dressing should be thick, but if the texture is too thick for you add a little water (starting with 1-2 teaspoons).
  2. Prepare two salads by starting with a bed of baby spinach and adding the toppings in the order listed. Drizzle dressing over both salads and enjoy!
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 salad
  • Calories: 332
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 8g

Keywords: antioxidant salad, blueberry salad

I am a Dole Ambassador and this post is sponsored by Dole. As always all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make EBF possible. 

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    14 comments
    1. Laura Tompkins
      October 1, 2020 AT 6:29 pm

      This is YUMMY but the dressing needs to be doubled for the 2 servings. With 2 cups of spinach each, we both wished we had more dressing.

      How long will this dressing keep?

      Thanks Brittany!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 1, 2020 AT 11:23 pm

        Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed this salad still! The dressing should last about a week in the fridge. 🙂

    2. Allie @alliewellness
      August 20, 2020 AT 8:26 pm

      This was sooo good! The dressing is beautiful and delicious – who doesn’t love blueberries and tahini!? So light and refreshing – a perfect summer salad!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 21, 2020 AT 2:27 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this salad, Allie. 🙂 Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    3. Alexis Joseph, MS, RD, LD
      July 30, 2015 AT 10:59 am

      Bloobs and tahini?! Can we go ahead and call that blueberry hummus?! Dreamy!!

    4. Sophie
      July 30, 2015 AT 4:54 am

      I love the idea of this dressing! As much as I love fruit in salads, I’ve never thought to incorporate them right into a dressing – and plus tahini? Yes please!

    5. milany
      July 30, 2015 AT 12:44 am

      its a perfect food for all who are on diet.

    6. cleaneatingveggiegirl
      July 29, 2015 AT 4:16 pm

      What a GORGEOUS dressing!!

    7. Kathy
      July 29, 2015 AT 3:23 pm

      Sounds delicious! Definitely trying the dressing, tahini is da bomb!!

    8. Strength and Sunshine
      July 29, 2015 AT 3:22 pm

      I would gladly eat this salad every day! Yum!

    9. wellandfull
      July 29, 2015 AT 1:54 pm

      PURPLE SALAD DRESSING!! Genius. 🙂

    10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
      July 29, 2015 AT 12:34 pm

      This salad is right up my alley! Looks delicious!

    11. The Planted Vegan
      July 29, 2015 AT 11:35 am

      What a beautiful salad! This recipe looks so delicious!

    12. Melanie
      July 29, 2015 AT 9:35 am

      OoooohEmmmmmGeee that dressing looks amazing 🙂

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