Summer Berry Spinach Salad


If you’re looking for an easy and fresh salad that you can assemble in minutes, this Summer Berry Spinach Salad is a winner. It’s topped with fresh berries, mandarin oranges, candied walnuts, and poppyseed dressing. What’s not to love?

big bowl of spinach salad with berries.

This Summer Berry Spinach Salad is a recipe I’ve been wanting to share on Inspired by Charm for years. My mom has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember and it’s fabulous!

Since she was visiting last week, I decided we could whip this up together and have it for dinner. (See the recipe notes below for how to turn this side salad into a main course.) I was so glad we decided to make it because it was WONDERFUL. We even whipped up a batch of her homemade poppy seed dressing which is the perfect addition to this salad.

More Summer Salad Recipes You Need to Try:

big bowl of spinach salad with berries.
bowls of spinach salad with berries.

This is one recipe you definitely need to try. I highly recommend it for the spring and summer months, but it’s delicious any time of the year. It also makes the best salad to serve at parties, barbecues, and picnics because it’s so quick and easy to assemble.

Let me walk you through the recipe and share some of my tips for making this the most epic salad ever.

big bowl of spinach salad with berries.

What’s In a Berry Spinach Salad?

Below you will find what I recommend for this berry spinach salad. However, if you want to deviate from the recipe to make it your own, that is fine.

Here’s what you need:

Other things you might want to consider adding:

  • goat or feta cheese
  • fresh pineapple
  • cucumbers
  • red onion
  • grilled chicken, steak, shrimp

And that’s all you need! Yes, it is that simple. I’m going to share a few other notes below. You can find the full recipe and ingredient list in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.

big bowl of spinach salad with berries.

Recipe Notes:

Can I Prepare this Salad in Advance?

Yes and no. While I don’t recommend mixing this salad in advance, you can prepare all of the ingredients and just toss them together when it’s serving time. Putting it all together will take less than 2 minutes. That is why this salad works perfectly for a party!

What’s the Best Poppy Seed Dressing?

I recommend homemade. You can find my easy and delicious recipe HERE. Don’t want to make it? Pick up the Marzetti poppy seed dressing. It’s my favorite from the store.

adding poppy seed dressing to spinach salad.

What Type of Candied Pecans do you Recommend?

Make your own! I’ve tried a few store-bought varieties and they all seem to work well. If you don’t like pecans, you can use any sort of candied nut. If you want to make your own, I have a delicious homemade recipe HERE. They are SO GOOD and you’ll have leftovers for snacking. It’s a win-win!

Can I Serve this Salad as a Main Course?

You bet you can! I love serving this with grilled chicken, but fish, shrimp, or even steak would be delicious options as well.

And I think that about covers it, my friend. If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I really hope you savor this salad as much as my family and I do!
Enjoy!

fork into a bowl of spinach salad with berries.

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Summer Berry Spinach Salad in a bowl.

Summer Berry Spinach Salad

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Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berries, spinach, spinach salad
Servings: 6
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
If you’re looking for an easy and fresh salad that you can assemble in minutes, this Summer Berry Spinach Salad is a winner. It’s topped with fresh berries, mandarin oranges, candied walnuts, and poppyseed dressing.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries - hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans*
  • 1/2 cup poppy seed dressing*

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add the spinach.
  • Top with berries, oranges, and candied pecans.
  • Just before serving, drizzle with poppyseed dressing.
  • Toss to combine.

Notes

* You can purchase your favorite candied pecans and poppyseed dressing.
However, if you’d like to make your own, I have two recipes you will love:

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 261mgPotassium: 258mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2965IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
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  • Paula at

    I’m basically going to live on this the rest of summer. SO GOOD!! Thank you Michael!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Right!? It’s all I want for dinner too!

      xo Michael

  • Becky at

    Looks beautiful and delicious! I’m tempted to use peaches in place of the oranges this time of year.

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