Summertime calls for berries in my house. Lots of berries. I mean serious 8 pounds downed in my house in three days. Are you scared yet? Don’t worry, I at least used a few pounds for freezer jam and to flavor up my lemonade.
I love throwing together a salad in a Tupperware for me to sneak a bowl of something healthy while the kids are napping. Sometimes it is also convenient to just chop up a few Tupperwares of produce so I can mix and match what I throw in my salad. This spinach salad is great because you can throw whatever you want in it. I also LOVE this dressing. It is so simple and makes my salad feel like a treat.
Nuts and Berries Spinach Salad
For the Salad:
- Big handful of spinach
- 1 tablespoon almonds toasted and chopped
- ½ cup chopped berries strawberries/blackberries
For the Berry Salad Dressing:
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon poppyseeds
- 1 tablespoon berry jam at room temperature
For the Salad:
Stack ingredients in bowl in desired order.
For the Dressing:
Combine all ingredients in a closable container. Shake vigorously until jam dissolves.
Dress it Up:
Some other things we enjoy adding are bacon bits, pecans, apples, pears, mandarin oranges, avocados, cucumbers, and red onions.
Sweeten it up by throwing some sliced almonds into a skillet over medium heat with a little sugar (white or brown). Cook until toasted and caramelized, tossing occasionally to avoid burning, about 5 minutes.