Summer Berry Salad with Maple Walnuts

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This patriotic berry salad is loaded with fresh berries, crunchy maple walnuts and blue cheese. The red white and blue theme makes it perfect for the 4th of July.

All week I’ve been seeing fun patriotic recipes for the 4th and I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun. I thought about making a healthy flag cake or a berry trifle, but ultimately decided a patriotic salad had to happen. I’ll never turn down a chance to create another salad. Especially one that’s this fun!

Many of you probably already have your 4th of July menu planned, but just in case you don’t have a salad recipe picked out, this recipe is for you!

And the best part is that it’s quick, easy and uses ingredients you likely have on hand.

Patriotic berry salad loaded with fresh berries, crunchy maple walnuts and blue cheese. The red white and blue theme makes it perfect for the 4th of July.

Blueberry Health Benefits

I love blueberries because they’re available year-round (fresh or frozen) . . . and they taste delicious year round too! They’re also known for being a superfood because they contain some of the highest antioxidant levels compared to most common fruits and veggies. They have also been shown to help improve chronic diseases like heart disease, blood pressure and diabetes.

Patriotic berry salad loaded with fresh berries, crunchy maple walnuts and blue cheese. The red white and blue theme makes it perfect for the 4th of July.

Ingredients Needed

  • baby greens – I love using OrganicGirl Supergreens for the base of this salad. Of course you can switch it up and use only one baby green like spinach, kale, or arugula.
  • blueberries – I loved adding blueberries to my salads because they offer so many health benefits like I mentioned above, but they also help boost the flavor.
  • strawberries – I love the burst of flavor and sweetness fresh strawberries bring to this recipe!
  • blue cheese – feel free to purchase blue cheese crumbles or a log of blue cheese that you crumble yourself. Either option works. If you’re not a blue cheese fan you can always swap for goat cheese or your favorite cheese.
  • walnuts – I love adding walnuts to my salads for the added crunch. I highly recommend roasting them with maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt. 
  • dijon dressing – a super simple dressing made with olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, coconut sugar, sea salt, and ground pepper.

Change it Up!

One of the reasons I love this salad is how customizable it is! Here are some suggestions for variations and substitutions:

  • To make this dairy-free and vegan, simply skip the blue cheese (or use a vegan option).
  • Dressing – craving a different dressing? This creamy poppyseed dressing or balsamic dressing is also delicious on this salad!
  • Add grains – I love adding grains to my salad for some extra volume and nutrients. Toss in cooked quinoa, rice or farro to make this a heartier salad.
  • Add protein – want to enjoy this as a meal-sized salad? Add a protein of your choice! I’ve served it up with grilled chicken, but it would be delicious with crispy tofu or roasted chickpeas.
  • Add red onion – want a little added zip?! Add sliced or diced red onion to the salad.
  • Switch up the fruit or add more fruit – I think this would be delicious with blackberries or raspberries.
  • Swap the nuts for seeds – if you have a nut allergy or if you just prefer seeds you can swap the pecans for sunflower seeds or pepitas.
  • Avocado – I love adding avocado to my salads for the added creaminess and healthy fat.

Patriotic berry salad loaded with fresh berries, crunchy maple walnuts and blue cheese. The red white and blue theme makes it perfect for the 4th of July.

How to Serve

This is a great recipe to bring to a potluck or to serve as a meal. Here are some recipes that would be delicious with it:

Patriotic berry salad loaded with fresh berries, crunchy maple walnuts and blue cheese. The red white and blue theme makes it perfect for the 4th of July.

Leftover Strawberries? Try These Recipes:

More Salad Recipes to Try:

If you make this summer berry salad please leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers!

Summer Berry Salad with Maple Walnuts

4 from 39 votes
A patriotic berry salad with fresh berries, crunchy maple walnuts and blue cheese. The red white and blue theme makes it perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July.
Strawberries, blueberries, nuts, and feta on a bed of greens in a white bowl, a wooden spoon is also in the bowl. Additional ingredients are around the bowl and two glass jars are behind it.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 10 oz baby greens, I used OrganicGirl Supergreens!
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, feta or goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup raw walnuts
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • generous shake of sea salt

Dijon Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar or brown sugar or maple syrup
  • sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Toast walnuts: This is optional, but if you want to toast your walnuts simply spread out your walnuts on a baking sheet and toss with maple syrup, cinnamon and sea salt. Roast for 7-9 minutes in a 350°F oven. Remove from oven and allow walnuts to cool.
  • Make dressing: While walnuts are roasting, make the dressing by whisking together vinegar, mustard, sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Prep salad: Add greens to a large bowl and top with berries, cheese and maple walnuts.
  • Serve: Add dressing and toss just before serving or leave dressing on the side and allow everyone to dress their own salad.

Notes

To make this dairy-free and vegan, simply skip the blue cheese (or use a vegan option).
Dressing – craving a different dressing? This creamy poppyseed dressing or balsamic dressing are also delicious on this salad!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8th of recipe Calories: 171kcal Carbohydrates: 9g Protein: 5g Fat: 14g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 5g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of july salad, berry salad, patriotic salad

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Need dessert ideas for the 4th as well? I highly recommend this Greek Yogurt Berry Tart or this Banana Split Chia Pudding. Both are red, white and blue themed and festive for the holiday!

Oh, and if you’re looking for some light reading while relaxing today, I’m sharing my food diary over on Self.com. Check it out here. And happy holiday weekend to all my American peeps out there. Have fun and be safe! <3

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    15 comments
    1. LJC
      June 29, 2021 AT 10:49 pm

      Can I substitute regular white vinegar and/or balsamic vinegar for the white balsamic vinegar?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 30, 2021 AT 4:07 pm

        Yes, that should be fine. Let me know how this salad turns out if you try it!

    2. Sylvie
      July 14, 2016 AT 4:08 am

      Love how fresh and colorful this is!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 14, 2016 AT 12:13 pm

        Thank you so much, Sylvie!

    3. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
      July 13, 2016 AT 10:37 am

      Love the maple walnuts paired with all of those fresh berries!

    4. Marye Audet-White
      July 13, 2016 AT 10:14 am

      This salad looks amazing, perfect for summer time lunch!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2016 AT 6:10 pm

        It seriously is the perfect summer salad!! 🙂

    5. Tammy
      July 13, 2016 AT 10:13 am

      This salad is soo beautiful! I love fresh fruit in my salad 😀

      Toodles,
      Tammy<3

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2016 AT 5:39 pm

        Thank you so much, Tammy!

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