Spinach berry salad with lemon dressing…it seems so simple but then when you get that perfect bite with spinach, berry, and brown sugar almonds, a light lemon dressing, good mercy!
Remember that one time when spinach salad was healthy? Well we now it has brown sugar almonds and a sweet dressing full of sugar to ruin it for ya. Ha! Actually it’s still healthier than let’s say a Caesar salad, but you get the point.
Seriously, we looooove this salad. My cousin, Robyn brought it to a family get together and days later we were still talking about it. We had it for dinner one night and had the leftovers for lunch the next day. Sweet deliciousness!! I love a good salad recipe. Especially during the summer when you just want something light to eat or a good idea to take to a BBQ or potluck.
We honestly are obsessed with the dressing. I’ve never felt this way about salad dressing before and although I do feel guilty about the amount of sugar that goes into it I still won’t give it up. Like, ever. I’ll eat salad every single day just to drizzle this dressing over it. And it’s so simple, lemons, a little oil and ginger, gobs of sugar (oops!), and pure gold. Ok, there’s no gold but it does end up tasting like liquid gold. In fact, maybe that should be it’s name!
And let’s not forget our crunchy little friends, brown sugar almonds. Goodness!! We usually use slivered almonds because they grab onto the brown sugar a little better, but we used slice above. Just try not to pick in them as they cool. If it wasn’t for all of the butter and sugar this would be my new snack. I could eat an entire bowl full! Try this salad. Tomorrow would be a good day 😉
What Ingredients Go in Spinach Berry Salad?
This recipe can be broken down into three parts: the almonds, the dressing, and the salad. Here is what you will need:
Brown Sugar Almonds: sliced almonds (or slivered), butter, brown sugar, cinnamon
Dressing: lemon juice, oil, sugar, ginger, lemon zest
Salad: spinach, strawberries, mandarin oranges, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries
The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.
How to Make Spinach Berry Salad
Brown Sugar Almonds
- Toast the almonds over medium heat in a sauce pan on the stove. Move them around a little while toasting. You want them to be browned slightly.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Keep cooking and stirring over medium heat until the brown sugar starts to bubble and stick tot he almonds.
- Remove the almonds from the heat and spread them out on parchment paper to cool.
- Pour all the ingredients into a glass jar and shake to combine.
- Combine the spinach, berries and oranges in a large bowl. Top with the almonds and then drizzle with the dressing.
- Toss everything together and serve immediately.
All of these instructions in greater detail can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.
Can Almonds Cause Allergies?
All tree nuts have the potential to cause an allergic reaction in some people.
These allergic reactions can range from a mild rash to severe breathing difficulties.
Are Almonds Good For You?
Almonds are pretty nutritious.
Almonds are high in fiber, unsaturated fats, protein, and calcium.
Can Spinach Be A Source Of Iron?
Both raw and cooked spinach are excellent sources of iron, containing twice as much as other leafy greens.
Spinach is also rich in protein, fiber, calcium, and vitamins A and E.
Variations on Spinach Berry Salad
Here are a few other toppings that you could add or substitute in this salad:
- Red Onion
- Grilled Chicken
- Goat Cheese
What to Eat with Spinach Berry Salad?
I mentioned at the beginning that I love this salad in the summer, so here are a few ideas for a main dish to go with it:
This is the brightest and best salad you will have all summer long! The lemon dressing is sent straight from heaven and the crunch of brown sugar almonds has me coming back for more over and over and over again! Spinach berry salad is on my menu for the week!
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Spinach Berry Salad with Lemon Dressing
I want to introduce you to this berry salad with lemon dressing. Hands down, this is our new favorite salad.
For the Brown Sugar Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Almonds Slivered
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar or more
- 1 teaspoons Cinnamon
For the Dressing
- 1 Cup Lemon Juice use as much fresh as you can
- 1/2 Cup Oil canola or vegetable
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Ginger ground
- 1/8 Cup Lemon Zest 2 tablespoons
For the Salad
- 1 Bunch Spinach baby, washed
- Strawberries sliced
- 1 Can Mandarin Oranges drained, or blackberries
For the Almonds
Toast the almonds over medium heat, watching carefully so as to not burn until slightly browning. Make sure you move them around while toasting.
Add butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Continue to cook, stirring frequently until brown sugar begins to bubble and stick to the almonds.
Remove from heat and spread almonds on parchment paper to cool.
For the Salad
Combine the spinach, berries and oranges in a large bowl.
Drizzle desired amount of dressing over the salad, toss everything together in a bowl, top with almonds and serve immediately.
Should be eaten right away, salad does not store well.
Spinach Berry Salad with Lemon Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 Cup)
Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Vitamin A 4288IU86%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.