Salad with Berries and Pecans

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This healthy summer side salad with berries is loaded with sweet, juicy blackberries and raspberries adding a burst of sweetness in every bite. Complimented with a light vinaigrettePecans add the perfect crunch.

Salad with Berries and Pecans

Green Salad with Berries

Sometimes the simplest recipes are all you need. This healthy summer side salad recipe with berries has no added sugar, it’s sweetened naturally with juicy blackberries and raspberries. Pecans and the perfect texture all complimented with a light vinaigrette. It makes the perfect side dish with grilled chicken, fish, or any grilled recipes you’re making this summer.

Salad with Berries and Pecans

Why This Works

gina homolka headshot in kitchenThis is one of my oldest recipes shared here, I remember making this and bringing it to my friend’s house as a side dish for dinner. Seems like a lifetime ago when I was working full time and doing this on the side, just for fun! I love this green salad with berries because there’s no added sugars or honey. Yet each bite you take has a burst of sweetness.

  • Simple – some recipes are fine being super simple, especially if it’s a side salad.
  • Healthy – I love that you get a good dose of fruit, healthy fats and fiber here.
  • Great for many dietary restrictions: Mediterranean Diet friendly, Anti-inflammatory, Gluten-free and Dairy-free.

Enjoy and have fun with it! If you make this, I would love to see it. Tag me in your photos on Instagram or Facebook!


Arugula, blackberries, blueberries and pecans


  • Mixed baby greens or baby arugula – leafy greens for the base.
  • Blackberries – sweet and juicy berries, feel free to use any berries.
  • Raspberries – tart and tangy berry, you can swap for strawberries.
  • Pecan halves – crunchy and nutty for added texture.
  • Champagne vinegar – adds a bright and acidic touch to the dressing.
  • Kosher salt – to enhance the flavors of all the ingredients.
  • Dried basil – a fragrant herb for the dressing.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – the base of the vinaigrette, providing richness and body.

Make it a Meal

This side salad with berries recipe goes well with anything you’re grilling, but you can also make this a meal by adding protein.

Salad with Berries Variations

  • If you want a sweeter dressing add a little honey.
  • Or use candied pecans to give it more sweetness.
  • Add a creamy cheese like feta, gorgonzola cheese or goat cheese.
  • Use walnuts or slivered almonds in place of pecans.
Salad with Berries and Pecans

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Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Total: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

  • For the dressing, place vinegar in a non reactive mixing bowl with basil, salt and pepper to taste.

  • Drizzle the olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until the oil is emulsified.

  • Toss the mixed greens with the vinaigrette and place in a salad bowl.

  • Top with blackberries, raspberries and pecans and serve right away.

Last Step:

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  • If you want a sweeter dressing add a little honey.
  • Or use candied pecans to give it more sweetness.
  • Add a creamy cheese like feta, gorgonzola cheese or goat cheese.

Serving: 1 1/2 cups, Calories: 155 kcal, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 14.1 g, Sodium: 15 mg, Fiber: 2.8 g, Sugar: 2.8 g


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