There is something so invigorating about mixed berries, a drizzle of honey, a hint of lemon (or lime), and herbs all wrapped up together in one big Fresh Mixed Berry Salad. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries just flat-out belong together.
This salad makes about 6 cups and can be easily doubled, so it’s perfect for family get-togethers and potlucks, as well as for leftovers. Recipes like this always came in handy when I was growing up because whenever there was a family get-together, people shared what they planned to bring, and inevitably, some wise soul, usually my aunt, would say, “Should we have something healthy on the menu, too? Perhaps a salad or fruit dish to go with the cheese, dip, sausage, crackers, desserts, and casseroles everyone plans to bring?” Fresh Mixed Berry Salad would have totally fit the bill, and bless my aunt’s heart for marrying into our family and keeping us on track.
One of the many things I love about this recipe is how easy it is to make. First, throw the fruits together, and then add your favorite herbs, a few nuts and seeds, if desired, a honey-drizzle, and toss. Voila! You now have a healthy salad. One word to the wise, however. When rinsing the fruit, make sure to drain as much of the water as possible before throwing everything together. This will keep the berries from becoming soggy, especially once you add the drizzle.
Another reason to love Fresh Mixed Berry Salad is how easy it is to personalize. From herbs (think rosemary, cilantro, parsley, and mint) to the ever-important, but also entirely optional, crunch factor (think almonds, pecans, walnuts, or cashews), you can make this recipe your own. Additionally, K-Hubs and I had fun playing around with dressing flavors, and this is what we discovered:
- Orange and honey – Something we want to experiment with in the future but not over-the-top awesome in this recipe.
- Lime and honey – Surprisingly good, slightly tart ~ we’d definitely use it again.
- Lemon and honey – Most definitely our favorite and the combo we finally chose for our Fresh Berry Salad
However you choose to personalize Fresh Mixed Berry Salad, one thing is for certain. It will be a total crowd pleaser, and although it’s the perfect leftover, I suspect you won’t have any!
- 16 oz. Fresh strawberries, halved
- 12 oz. Fresh blueberries
- 12 oz. Fresh raspberries
- 12 oz. Fresh blackberries
- 1 cup loosely packed herbs, optional
- 1-2 tablespoons 100% pure honey (paleo) or agave nectar (vegan)
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup pecans, almonds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds, optional
- Rinse fruit and let drain completely.
- Toss fruit and herbs in large mixing bowl, adding honey (or agave nectar) and lemon juice.
- Top with nuts or seeds.
- Keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.