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Berry Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This salad is best during the berry season, which is Spring to Summer, with slight variations for your area.

This month’s Special of the Month is Berry Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Balsamic Vinaigrette, which is a mouthful.  But so this salad.  I initially saw it on Tasty and decided to give it my spin.  Even though the berry season doesn’t peak until summer, I could not wait to make this salad. Don’t worry; I will be making this salad again this summer!  I would only make this salad with fresh fruit, but unsweetened frozen strawberries suit the dressing.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this salad as one large, four small, or six side salads.  It also works great for people who meal prep.  

Use any salad greens you choose; however, I would avoid romaine or iceberg lettuce. I used spring mix and baby spinach. If this does not meet your protein needs, add grilled chicken or roasted pork tenderloin on the side directly to the salad. The fruit and balsamic vinegar in this recipe plays quite well with pork.  The cheese can be easily swapped out for feta or omitted.   I prefer almonds, but walnuts and pecans work just as well. It doesn’t matter if they are raw or roasted. The original recipe called for candied walnuts; however, candied pecans and almonds also work. I have to avoid sugar as much as possible.  I was pushing it with this recipe because of all the fruit.  Consequently, I used a sugar-free “honey” in the dressing and slightly fewer berries in the salad


This salad was stored in a plastic container in the refrigerator for three days. It was still crisp and delicious.  The apples were starting to turn; if that bothers you, feel free to buy pre-sliced package apples. Add the apple sliced right before serving.

I hope you enjoy this Berry Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe!

Berry Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

This salad is best during the berry season, which is Spring to Summer, with slight variations for your area.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 474.2kcal
Author: Tay M.


For the Salad

  • 6 oz salad greens
  • 1 cup strawberries fresh, sliced
  • ½ cup blueberries fresh
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet apple cored, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 4 oz parmesan cheese sliced with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup strawberries hulled
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt kosher or sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper finely ground
  • tsp poppy seeds


  • Combined hulled strawberries, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper into a blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate.
  • Using a vegetable peeler along the long side of the parmesan cheese, make strips. Break up into smaller pieces if desired
  • In a large bowl or 4 large salad bowls/plates, add salad greens.
  • 3. Top with onions, blueberries, strawberries, red onion, apple, cheese, and almonds


Chill completely! Refrigerate the dressing for several hours and up to a couple of days


Serving: 0g | Calories: 474.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.28g | Protein: 17.01g | Fat: 33.33g | Saturated Fat: 7.49g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 19.28mg | Sodium: 597.13mg | Fiber: 7.18g | Sugar: 19.28g | Vitamin A: 24.33IU | Vitamin C: 59.92mg | Calcium: 45.7mg | Iron: 12.84mg
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I’m the Tay behind Tay’s Bi-Polar Kitchen. I started this blog to share my kitchen and mental health wellness journey. I want to show people they are not alone in their struggles, combat the stigma associated with mental disorders, and be open and honest about their mental health. In my opinion, these three issues stand as barriers to seeking treatment. If this website inspires someone to move closer to mental health wellness for themselves or another, my work has been done.

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