Summer Berry Chopped Salad

It’s that time of the year. You know what I’m talking about. That time of the year that the grocery bill seems to creep up a bit. Largely due to the fact that I have this tendency to pile all the fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, watermelon … the list goes on … into my cart each week.

The struggle is real. I see them sitting there all pretty and perfect on the produce shelves and I just cannot help myself. Is this just me? Please tell me I’m not alone.

Filled with strawberries, blueberries and spinach, this summer berry chopped salad is perfect for warm weather! Topped with bacon (or chickpea bacon!) and a honey lemon dressing!

And then I get home and realize that I may have picked up a tad too much for just the two (TWO!) people who live in our house. Which means the race is on to eat it all before it goes bad. And that little game leads to dishes like this summer berry chopped salad!

Filled with plenty of strawberries and blueberries, it has become a staple on our weekly menu. Necessitated by that little aforementioned impulse fruit buying problem of mine.

I figured today was the perfect day to share this recipe because Memorial Day weekend is practically here. And I felt all festive with this salad since it has the red and blue covered. We’ll just say that the white is coming from the serving bowl. Yes, let’s go with that. But, see! Festive!!

It’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s crunchy. That’s a perfect trifecta right there. Plus, since we have, um, eaten this so much lately, I have options for both a version with bacon AND a meatless version that is just as fantastic! So let’s get to it.

Filled with strawberries, blueberries and spinach, this summer berry chopped salad is perfect for warm weather! Topped with bacon (or chickpea bacon!) and a honey lemon dressing!

Like always, let’s talk a few tips & tricks!

  1. As I mentioned above, there are two options for protein for this salad. Option #1: Regular bacon. This is the husband’s preference. Option #2: Chickpea bacon! This would be my preference and hence that’s why it is pictured! Either are awesome. Pick your poison!
  2. As with any salad, of course feel free to adjust the amounts of the components to your own taste. You could also absolutely switch up the berries and use your favorites (or whatever you happened to over-buy at the store that week!).
  3. To keep this recipe dairy free, be sure to use a dairy free cornbread (such as this light and fluffy cornbread <— my favorite!).

Light yet filling, you just cannot go wrong. And it’s so pretty too!

Still looking for recipes for Memorial Day gatherings? You can check out the Fourth of July category in the archives to get plenty of ideas!

Filled with strawberries, blueberries and spinach, this summer berry chopped salad is perfect for warm weather! Topped with bacon (or chickpea bacon!) and a honey lemon dressing!

Yield: about 4 servings, as a main

Summer Berry Chopped Salad

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

Total Time:35 minutes

Filled with strawberries, blueberries and spinach, this summer berry chopped salad is perfect for warm weather! Topped with bacon (or chickpea bacon!) and a honey lemon dressing!

Ingredients:

For the croutons:

  • 3 cups cubed (¾ inch pieces) cornbread (use your favorite!)

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper

For the salad:

  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup raw walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 to 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped (see notes for meatless option!)

Directions:

For the croutons:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Spread the cornbread cubes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet or dish. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until toasted. Remove from the oven and let cool directly on the baking sheet.

For the dressing:

  1. Add all the ingredients for the dressing to a small bowl and whisk until combined.

For the salad:

  1. Add some of the lettuce, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, basil and bacon to a serving plate or bowl. Drizzle with the desired amount of dressing and top with some of the croutons.
  2. Alternatively, if using all the salad at once, add everything to a large bowl (except the croutons) and toss with the dressing to combine. Top with the croutons and serve immediately!

For a vegetarian option, make one batch of the chickpea bacon from this recipe I created for Oh My Veggies! Use in place of the regular bacon!

Recipe time does not include time to either cook the bacon or make the chickpea bacon.

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