Strawberry Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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15 minutes
4 servings

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Strawberry Blueberry Salad unites crisp greens, fresh fruit, and mozzarella in a lively dish great for lite spring meals and summer cookouts.

A blue and white platter with Strawberry Blueberry Salad on top.

Refreshing summer salads; the zeniths of every summer dinner table. Maybe the genius lies in constructing an outrageously sweet and pungent vinaigrette, or maybe it begins and ends with the ‘peak-season’ fresh berries

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This strawberry blueberry salad recipe is perfect to assemble during warm weather months. A no-oven-necessary method, it requires minimal ingredients, about 15 minutes of prep, and manages to hook eaters with the first bite!

In my version of this satisfying summer salad, mozzarella cheese fuses with fresh strawberriesfresh blueberriesbasil, and a simple herb and balsamic vinegar salad dressing.  Crowned with delicate strands of parmesan, this perfect salad is always first to disappear.

Strawberry Blueberry Salad is easy to make and even easier to customize. Not feeling ‘berry adventurous?’ To this green salad, swap fruits you have on hand in lieu of summer berries or add your favorite nuts, poppy seeds or sunflower seeds. Change up the parmesan for tangy blue cheese or a creamy feta cheese. It’s homogenous no matter the salad ingredients due in part to the flavorful balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Bye-bye, boring salad!

A woman's hands holding a bowl of little balls of mozzarell called ciliegine.

If you cannot get enough of fresh mozzarella, especially in salads, browse my method for this FABULOUS Tomato Salad!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

·         Taste: What sets my strawberry blueberry salad recipe apart is the herb balsamic vinaigrette which adds acidity and sweetness complimenting both berries.
·         Freshness:  This is a great way to enjoy berries at their freshest and most delicious while in season.
·         Presentation: This salad is just plain beautiful to look at, with its eye-catching colors making it perfect to serve at a party or potluck.
·         Versatility: Customize this to your liking by adding favorite fruits, nuts, and seeds, and enjoy!
·         Ease of Preparation: The salad is very easy to make by simply combining the ingredients in a large bowl and tossing with the dressing, making it a great option for a quick meal.


Ingredients That Go Into This Recipe

A visit to your local farmer’s market or green grocer will satisfy the fresh ingredients for this perfect summer salad, while pantry staples and a Mason jar will work for the salad dressing ingredients.

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  • Fresh greens/salad greens – be sure to purchase the absolute freshest leaves for the crunch factor.
  • Baby spinach – an instant addition of vitamin C.
  • Cherry tomatoes – add any color to create interest in the salad.
  • Campari tomatoes – enhanced by the balsamic vinegar in the dressing, these tomatoes are sweet and meaty.
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Ciliegine mozzarella balls – easy to slice and add a caprese-ish vibe but Burrata may also be used.
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Honey – try for raw honey if you are able to source it locally to you.
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fresh thyme leaves – add an earthy freshness to the dressing.
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese – from a block, freshly microplaned.
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See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.


Substitutions and Variations

  • Red Onion – sliced paper thin, this sharp vegetable still lends crunch, surprising sweetness, and is a pop of color for visual appearance. 
  • Other sweet berries – fresh raspberries or blackberries are equal substitutes for strawberries and blueberries.
  • Other summer fruits – halved cherries, apricots, and plums good substitutes for berries in general.
  • Blue cheese crumbles – is balanced instantly by the sugar in the fruits while adding a strong, pungent smell and a sharp, salty flavor. 
  • Honey goat cheese crumbles – offers an altogether creamy and tangy profile which compliments the sweetness of the berries.
  • Feta crumbles – adds a salty, tangy flavor to the salad and pairs well with the acidity of the balsamic vinegar. 

How Do I Wash Fresh Fruits and Vegetables?

Ripe tomatoes floating in an apple cider vinegar and water solution to remove bacteria and pesticides.

Fill a sink or large bowl with cold water and add a small amount of apple cider vinegar to kill any bacteria on the produce. Immerse in the water and rub. Drain and dry with a paper towel or salad spinner for the greens.

Another way is to wash vegetables and fruits using baking soda. Swirl produce in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda per 1 quart water for 30 seconds. Ensure the produce is submerged by at least an inch of liquid. Rinse under cold running water.


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This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!


A woman's hands holding a colander filled with fresh and ripe strawberries.

Step By Step Instructions

I hope deciding on this recipe will encourage you to visit a local farm or farmer’s market for the ingredients. Fresh is delicious, but also so much fun to shop for!

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Tip: Use Good Quality Balsamic!

Balsamic vinegar can be expensive, but it is worth it to seek out a quality aged product such as a Balsamic from Modena, Italy. The difference in flavor is very, very noticeable.


1: Wash the strawberries super well. I talk about the best way to clean fresh produce just above in this post. The tip is worth the read. Once clean, turn out onto paper toweling or a large kitchen towel to dry. Alternatively, run through a salad spinner.

2: When the berries are largely dry, hull and slice them in half. For larger berries, slice into fourths lengthwise. Place into a large bowl that will eventually be used to toss in. Set aside.

3: Wash the blueberries very well. Turn out onto paper toweling or a large kitchen towel to dry. Alternatively, run through the salad spinner. Add to the bowl of strawberries.

4: Slice the ciliegine into thirds. If you prefer to halve instead, that’s fine, too. If you can’t find ciliegine, use a ball of fresh mozzarella (or burrata just before serving) in lieu if necessary. Set aside. Tip: Smoked mozzarella is delicious in this dish if you are able to source it!

5: Wash and dry the salad greens as well as the baby spinach, running it through a salad spinner to dry. The vinaigrette will not adhere to wet leaves, so make sure to dry thoroughly. Assemble the leaves in a very large bowl separate to the berries. Top with the ciliegine. Gather varying sizes and colors of tomatoes and give them a good wash.

6: Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, and the larger Campari tomatoes into fourths. Campari’s slices are pretty in this salad, but do not toss as well. If you prefer sliced Campari’s, add them on top at the end. Add the cut tomatoes to the large bowl with the strawberries and blueberries. Tip: Gently moving cut tomatoes over paper toweling will remove the seeds as they will stick to the paper towel.

7: To the salad greens, tear the fresh basil leaves and toss to mix. I specify 1/3-cup, but I love the burst of flavor so much that I tend to add extra, going about a 1/2-cup.

8: Follow with the fresh mint leaves the same way, tossing to mix. You can also add additional mint leaves, but I find it competes with the basil. It’s kind of ‘one or the other’ if deciding which to add extra of. You do you!

9: Make the vinaigrette by measuring out the balsamic vinegar and the olive oil. Place into a Mason jar or blender along with honey, Dijon mustard, and sea salt and black pepper to taste. Shake well or emulsify if using an appliance. The vinaigrette is also to taste, so don’t be shy about going heavier on the balsamic if you like.

10: Tear fresh thyme leaves and tender green stems. Add the thyme to the vinaigrette mixture and taste for seasoning. Now’s your chance! Add additional salt and pepper if needed. I like my vinaigrette on the sweet side, so inevitably end up adding additional honey. Re-shake/emulsify. When it’s perfect, pour the dressing over the tomato strawberry mixture and stir to combine.

11: Add the tomato strawberry mixture and all of the vinaigrette from the bowl to the salad greens and torn herbs. Toss well to coat each and every leaf and all of the mozzarella. Run a block of parmesan over a microplane or hand grater and atop the salad. I find the parmesan adds a salty flavor which I quite like, but if you want the fruit or basil to shine, go sparingly.

12: Season again if desired with a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper. To serve, make sure each eater gets a sufficient amount of fruit to salad greens and ample ciliegine. Add more parmesan to each individual plate if desired and serve immediately. This salad is easily a main dish if you would like to add a protein. I’m partial to grilled chicken or sauteed scallops! 🙂

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How to Serve Strawberry Blueberry Salad

  • This salad will be a good excuse to exercise your very best platter! Pile everything on top and arrange so the there is plenty of fruit, ciliegine, and sprigs of thyme in clear view.
  • If serving as an appetizer course, plate atop salad plates ensuring each eater gets a sufficient amount of fruit to salad greens and ample ciliegine.

Need to Make This Salad Portable?

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Prepare yourself for ‘ooh’s and ahh’s’ when you plop this on the table at a potluck. Keep the components separate to port; fruit and tomatoes in one container, greens, mozzarella and torn herbs in another, and the vinaigrette in a Mason jar to re-shake right before assembling on site. Remember to bring a platter or large bowl along in case the hostess doesn’t have a spare!

Storage Instructions

  • This salad is best enjoyed the same day it’s assembled. In case you do have leftovers, put into an airtight container with tight-fitting lid and store overnight only.
  • It goes without saying that this is not freezable.

Jenny’s Recipe Pro Tips

  • Assemble FRESH! If serving to guests who aren’t due to arrive for another hour, wait to assemble so it’s assembled fresh.
  • If using other mozzarella than the little ciliegine, seek quality! Smoked mozzarella, Burrata, and Buffalo mozzarella are all excellent choices.
  • Use good balsamic. It makes every difference in the world in terms of taste in your recipes.

Recipe FAQs

Is Balsamic Vinegar the Same As Balsamic Vinaigrette?

Balsamic vinegar is a dark, rich vinegar made from grape must. It has a complex flavor that is both sweet and tart. Balsamic vinegar is pure vinegar and different than vinaigrette, a type of salad dressing made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and other ingredients, such as sugar, salt, and spices.

What Herbs Go Best with Strawberries and Blueberries?

Blueberries and strawberries pair well with a variety of fresh herbs. Blueberries compliment lavender, thyme, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, basil, and sage. Strawberries compliment mint, basil, and lavender. I’ve added a bit of both berry’s respective herbs in this recipe!

Is It Really Necessary to Hull Strawberries?

Strawberries are a delicious and nutritious fruit, but they can have a tough inner core that is not pleasant to eat. This core is located at the bottom of the strawberry, where the green cap of leaves is attached. Hulling strawberries removes both the core and the green cap, leaving you with only the sweet, juicy flesh of the fruit.

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Recipe

A platter heaped with fresh greens, ripe strawberries, and plump blueberries, with mozzarella and vinaigrette.

Strawberry Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Jenny DeRemer
Strawberry Blueberry Salad unites crisp greens, fresh fruit, and mozzarella in a lively dish great for lite spring meals and summer cookouts.
5 from 6 votes
Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 4 servings
Calories 299 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 4 cups spring mix
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 Campari tomatoes quartered
  • 2 cups strawberries hulled and halved or quartered if large
  • 1 cups blueberries
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves torn
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves torn
  • 1 cup Ciliegine mozzarella balls sliced into thirds, halves if preferred
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar good quality
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves and tender tips and stems
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese grated from a large block

Instructions
 

  • Hull and slice strawberries and place into a large bowl good for tossing. Add blueberries. Set aside.
  • Slice the ciliegine into thirds or halves if preferred. Fresh mozzarella, burrata, or a ball of Buffalo mozzarella may be used in lieu of ciliegine and cut into 1/2-inch pieces to maintain the bite-sized consistency of the salad ingredients.
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, and the Campari tomatoes into fourths. Add the cut tomatoes to the large bowl with the strawberries and blueberries. Tip: Gently moving cut tomatoes over paper toweling will remove the seeds as they will stick to the paper towel.
  • Wash and dry the salad greens and baby spinach. Assemble the leaves in a large bowl separate to the berries. Top with the ciliegine pieces.
  • To the salad greens, tear the fresh basil leaves and toss to mix. Follow with the fresh mint leaves the same way, tossing to mix.
  • Make the vinaigrette by measuring out the balsamic vinegar and the olive oil. Place into a Mason jar or blender along with honey, Dijon mustard, and sea salt and black pepper to taste. Shake well or emulsify if using an appliance. Tear fresh thyme leaves and tender green tips and stems. Add the thyme to the vinaigrette mixture and taste for seasoning. Add additional salt and pepper if needed. Re-shake/emulsify. When it's perfect, pour the dressing over the tomato strawberry mixture and stir to combine.
  • Add the tomato strawberry mixture and all of the vinaigrette from the bowl to the salad greens and torn herbs. Toss well to coat each and every leaf and all of the mozzarella. Run a block of parmesan over a microplane or hand grater and atop the salad.
  • To serve, make sure each eater gets a sufficient amount of fruit to salad greens and ample ciliegine. Add more parmesan to each individual plate if desired and serve immediately. This salad is easily a main dish if you would like to add a protein.

Notes

 
Wash Produce Well – take the extra step and use apple cider vinegar or baking soda in cold water to wash and kill any bacteria on the produce.
Dry Produce Before Assembling – Vinaigrette will not adhere to wet leaves, so make sure to dry thoroughly. 
Storage Instructions for Leftovers – This salad is best enjoyed fresh and immediately after it’s made. In case you do have leftovers, store in an airtight container with tight-fitting lid and consume the following day. 
Substitutions and Variations – this salad is easily customizable. Consider adding thinly sliced red onion, nuts or seeds, and/or additional fresh torn basil or mint. Substitute the components of this salad with other sweet berries, other summer fruits, blue cheese crumbles, honey goat cheese crumbles, or feta crumbles.

The nutrition value can vary depending on what product(s) you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use a calorie counter you are familiar with.

Please note that table salt and iodized salt are NOT substitutions for Kosher salt. Do not deviate unless otherwise specified.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 8gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 749mgFiber: 5gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 4571IUVitamin C: 96mgCalcium: 183mgIron: 3mg
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9 Comments

  1. This was delightful and so refreshing! I was worried about it being too sweet with all the berries but with the other ingredients, it was well balanced.5 stars

    1. Lauren, I love spring salads and will be making a triple platter of this one for Easter. Thank you for popping into my inbox to leave this nice compliment 🙂 Jenny

  2. One of my favorite salads now! The mix of greens and berries are so fresh. The basil and mint add a nice touch. Perfectly balanced dressing ties it all together.5 stars

  3. Strawberry, blueberries, and balsamic officially is the best combination ever! I didn’t have mozzarella but the salad still tasted amazing!5 stars

  4. This is the perfect springtime salad when all of the fresh berries can be found around us. I used feta instead of mozzarella as it’s a family favorite.5 stars

  5. Ah, just the recipe that I was looking for this time of the year. Cannot wait to make it soon. Thank you!

  6. I was looking for a salad to serve at Easter and found this because I liked the idea of the salad being more fruity. I did a trial run to make sure it was what I wanted and totally loved it. It’s easy to make, love the herbs in it, and the salad dressing was not overpowering.5 stars