I love a salad loaded with fresh, colorful berries, caramelized nuts and soft goat cheese, my Summer Berry Salad checks all the boxes! It’s very simple and a big hit at every summer party.
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A close ip of my Summer Berry Salad with goat cheese, caramelized nuts, and raspberry vinaigrette

The “Summer Berry Salad”:

This salad is very simple. Just toss together mixed greens,  your choice of fresh summer berries, caramelized pecans and soft goat cheese. Then dress in your choice of raspberry or lemon vinaigrette. Perfect for a healthy lunch or delicious warm weather side dish.

Summer Berry Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette from The Organic Kitchen

How to Caramelize Nuts:

You can buy store bought caramelized pecans or make your own. Click here to see how to do it yourself. Of course if you would rather skip the sugar you can use raw or toasted unsweetened nuts.

A woman's hands demonstrating how to caramelize nuts in a pan on the cooktop

 Your Choice of Raspberry or Lemon Vinaigrette!

I am going to offer you two salad dressings for this salad: an amazing raspberry vinaigrette and a lemon dressing. Personally I prefer the raspberry on this salad, but it does require the purchase of a raspberry vinegar. I use this Raspberry Vinegar from A L’Olivier, It’s amazing, rich, flavorful and pulpy. The lemon dressing is delightful too and only requires three ingredients. Whichever you choose, this salad will be delicious!

A bottle of raspberry vinegar on brick surface


The Recipe: The Summer Berry Salad

Tips and what you will need: A hand held juicerto juice the lemon and good quality honey. If you are making this with the raspberry vinaigrette you will need Raspberry Vinegar from A L’Olivier.

The "Summer Berry Salad" Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins

A beautiful summer salad with homemade raspberry or lemon vinaigrette.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crowd pleaser, party recipe, summer recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Raspberry Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 raspberry vinegar by A' Olivier! See link above.
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
If you choose to make the lemon Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup  good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1- 5 oz. bag mixed baby greens
  • ½ cup each of raspberries, blackberries and sliced strawberries
  • A handful of caramelized pecans
  • 1/2 cup soft goat cheese, feta or if you prefer a stronger cheese, blue cheese or Gorgonzola are also delicious in this salad
  1. Make your choice of raspberry or lemon vinaigrette by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl.

  2. Place all salad ingredients on a platter. Toss with dressing. Leftover dressing can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.


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