Spinach Berry Salad With Blackberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

When grocery shopping for a salad to accompany a spicy pasta dish I made last week (recipe for that soon to come!), the blackberries were calling my name.  So I decided to the “sweet” salad route, and make a fruity spinach salad with some herbed chevre, toasted walnuts, baby spinach, and of course, blackberries.  :)

Since multiple cartons of blackberries somehow made it into my cart, I decided to also puree some of them and make a homemade blackberry-balsamic vinaigrette to drizzle on top.  Quite possibly my best idea of the week — it was delicious!

Feel free to sub in other favorite cheeses, berries, or nuts, but I thought this flavor combination was a definite winner.  Will be making it again soon!

Spinach Berry Salad with Blackberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

You will love this brilliant Spinach Berry Salad With Blackberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe. It's beautiful, healthy, and ready to go in minutes!

Ingredients:

!Salad Ingredients:
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8 cups baby spinach or mixed greens
4 oz. chevre, crumbled
1 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted
1 pint fresh blackberries
blackberry balsamic vinaigrette (see below)
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!Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:
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1/2 cup strained blackberry juice (see tip below)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

To Make Salad:

Toss together spinach, chevre, walnuts, and blackberries. Then drizzle with the blackberry balsamic vinaigrette. Serve.

To Make Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Whisk together all ingredients until well-blended. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Ali’s Tip:

To make the strained blackberry juice, just puree blackberries in a food processor or mash with a spoon.  Then strain through a fine-mesh sieve.

If you’d like, save the blackberry pulp and pop it in a smoothie!

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Comments

  1. Paula at Dishing The Divine — July 29, 2011 @ 6:20 pm (#)

    This look soooooo tasty! I’m a huge fan of salads with fruit… and balsamic! :)

  2. leaf (the indolent cook) — July 29, 2011 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    Gorgeous salad! Love the sound of your vinaigrette.

  3. sophistimom — July 30, 2011 @ 2:09 pm (#)

    What a gorgeous salad. Love the blackberries. And yours look incredible.

  4. Mei Teng — July 31, 2011 @ 4:14 am (#)

    Such a beautiful salad. The colours are so vivid.

  5. Annalise — July 31, 2011 @ 9:56 pm (#)

    oh my heavens. I can’t wait until our blackberries are ripe! I LOVE this!!! :o) Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ali's Mom — August 1, 2011 @ 10:44 am (#)

    This looks like summer…the good parts…not the crazy heat!

  7. natalie (the sweets life) — August 1, 2011 @ 11:06 am (#)

    talk about a beautiful salad! gorgeous pic!

  8. Sara B. — August 1, 2011 @ 1:43 pm (#)

    Mmm. This sounds good, although I’ve never tried chevre. Is there any way you could describe it or is there a cheese you would say that it is similar to?

    • ali — August 2, 2011 @ 9:54 am (#)

      Hey Sara!

      Chevre is just goat cheese (that’s made in France). But any other goat cheese would be great! Or I’m sure feta, gorgonzola, or bleu cheese would also be terrific in this one. Enjoy!! :)

      ~A

  9. Emily — February 19, 2012 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    Nice and healthy salad!! Love the ingredients! I make salads for my family at least 3 times a week and this is surely going in the rotation!! Thanks for sharing it!

  10. GirlsWhoEat — March 21, 2012 @ 9:24 am (#)

    This is a gorgeous salad. Cannot wait for Berry season! Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. Andi @ 31 day fat loss cure — September 12, 2012 @ 12:00 am (#)

    hmmm…

    i will be as strong as popeye if i eat this :p

  12. Tracy B. — November 7, 2012 @ 12:14 am (#)

    I found this on Pinterest yesterday and made it tonight. It was delicious! The berries and goat cheese go so well together. Thanks for a great recipe.

  13. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 23, 2013 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    mmm love Blackberries and Spinach!

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