This beautiful Blackberry Salad with Baby Greens features juicy blackberries, crisp cucumber slices, sweet bell peppers, and mixed greens. Then I top it with a light-tasting apple cider vinaigrette and a few crispy onion strings. This is a perfect fresh salad for spring or summer. I serve it as a light lunch or a main dish (sometimes topped with grilled chicken). It’s also a lovely side to some grilled meat or another favorite entree. And if you enjoy a refreshing summer salad, also check out my recipe for Watermelon and Cucumber Salad.
If you are a regular reader here, you’ll notice that I do make a lot of comfort food. But I also believe in balance, and I love fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits, too. And a big salad loaded with deliciousness is one of my favorite things to eat in the spring and summer. And although it’s a perfect family-style side dish, I love it as a main meal, too. I mean, it’s nice to not have to turn on the stove for dinner once in awhile. (Especially on a hot summer day, or a beautiful spring day when you just don’t feel like cooking!)
Cook’s Tips for making Blackberry Salad with Baby Greens:
- You don’t have to limit yourself to using baby lettuces. My favorite is a combination of baby Swiss chard, baby kale, and baby spinach. You can also use your favorite spring mix. Try using spinach for a blackberry and spinach salad.
- For the cucumbers, I like to use mini cucumbers because they have small seeds and thin skin. An English cucumber will also work. If using a regular cucumber, you may want to peel it and scoop out the seeds.
- Make a Blackberry and Feta salad by using crumbled feta cheese instead of Parmesan. And a blackberry goat cheese salad is delicious, too.
- If crispy onion strings aren’t your thing, use another crunchy topping like sliced almonds or even croutons.
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