Summer Spinach and Berry Salad

I eat a lot of restaurant salads. Some good, some great and a few just old iceberg lettuce clumps with a scattering of croutons. One salad that keeps popping up on menus is a greens/berry/goat cheese/nut combo that goes by many names: calypso, capri and once even a California salad. (I’m not sure what is up with the C thing)

I put together my version after I brought home some fabulous strawberries from the market and realized I had all the ingredients in the fridge. I did use bottled dressing ::gasp:: because I am trying to use it up, but any balsamic would do.

Salad with spinach and berries

Summer Spinach and Berry Salad
Serves 1 (just expand out for the number of servings needed)
1.5 cups fresh spinach leaves
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 strawberries, sliced
6 almonds, chopped
2 ounces cooked chicken breast, shredded or chopped
1 ounce soft goat cheese cut in to small pieces

1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette (I used Trader Joe’s Fat Free)

  1. I prefer this plated, so the instructions are pretty much put everything on a plate and drizzle the dressing on top.
  2. If a family style is desired, I would mix everything but the cheese in a bowl with the dressing and then crumble the cheese on top.

Notes: As made, this has under 300 calories for one serving (and it is filling), but if you wanted to make it fancier or more decadent, try candied pecans for the nuts. All blueberries would be fine. Mixed greens or even romaine could be subbed in for the spinach. Of course the chicken could be left off to make it vegetarian. As for cheese, feta, blue, parmesan would all work too, maybe even pepper jack. Basically, do what you like, this is only the most basic of guidelines.

 

This recipe previously appeared on Soup Or Salad Blog in June 2011. I’ve modified it somewhat and I’m reposting it here as I slowly close the other blog down.

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10 Responses to “Summer Spinach and Berry Salad”

  1. Jenny says:

    Mmmmm . . . strawberry & spinach salad is one of my favourites. I’ll have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing it and for stopping by on my SITS day. xx

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  3. Yummy!! I’ll have to give this recipe a try!! :)

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  4. nGage Today says:

    I’m so excited to try this salad. I’ve been experimenting with different blueberry recipes because my two bushes gave me more than I can use at a time. This will be great for Father’s Day dinner! Here’s a place you might like to visit.

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    Thanks again!

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  5. Are we twins separated at birth? I have fallen in love with baby spinach this spring and we are still hot for the summer. I love the addition of strawberries to this, I would never have thought of that. I need to do a better job of adding protein because usually just load a bowl with the baby spinach, sprinkle a little olive oil and vinegar and maybe a pinch of garlic salt. Yummy, but lacking in a bit of nutrition. Thanks for the ideas! Allegra

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  6. Oh YUMMY!!! Baby spinach is a fav of mine.

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  7. Ann Odle says:

    Spinach salads are my favorite!

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  8. Maribel Reyes says:

    I love this recipe, the picture made my mouth water. Now that I am taking on a new healthier eating habit I think it would be perfect to incorporate it in my daily menu. Thank you for sharing it. :)

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  9. Jamie says:

    I’m not a big salad person, but I always love when salads combine with berries. This one looks pretty delicious.

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  10. Tanya @ Mom's small victories says:

    Going to have to try this! New fan here from SITS!

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