Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Red White and Blueberry Salad

Go patriotic this Memorial Day with my Red White and Blueberry Salad.  It's filled with plump red strawberries, mild feta cheese, and juicy blueberries on a bed of spring greens to make the perfect salad!


Red White and Blueberry Salad

Memorial Day is a day for remembrance for those that have died in service to our country.  To many it is the unofficial start of summer and the grilling season.  To honor and celebrate those we tend to have a big outdoor feast, grilling up American favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs with all the side dishes.  Today's recipe is my Red White and Blueberry Salad which is perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day celebrations.

A based of tender spring greens is topped with the most luscious strawberries, blueberries and crumbled feta to represent the red, white, and blue.  They are also accompanied by crunchy walnuts and slices of red onion.  Then we top it off with a creamy balsamic dressing that is to die for!  The flavors blend together so well that this will become a go to salad during the summer months when berries are in season.


What Ingredients do I need?


  • spring greens
  • strawberries - buy ripe juicy ones
  • blueberries - fresh during the season is best
  • walnuts - whole or pieces will do
  • red onion
  • feta cheese - I always by feta in a block and then crumble it, slice it as I need it


  • balsamic vinegar
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • Dijon mustard
  • garlic powder

Substitutions and Variations

  • Nuts - for allergies, leave them out.  Try pecans or almonds for a change
  • Cheese - try goat, white cheddar, or Monterey jack.  
  • Greens - spinach, red leaf, or butter lettuce would all be good choices
  • Onions - leave them out if you prefer or try green onions, or a sweet Vidalia onion for a change
  • Use your favorite store bought dressing
  • Add protein - grilled chicken or deli turkey would turn this salad in to a meal

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Great for low carb diets as the berries are low in sugar while being rich in antioxidants
  • You'll get healthy fats from the olive oil and the walnuts
  • You can toast your nuts in a pan for a few minutes you'll get a deeper flavor.
  • Don't care for raw onion?  Soak onion slices in cold water for 5-10 minutes will reduce the pungency
  • Meal prep friendly - this would be easy to divide the salad in to containers.  Just leave the salad undressed and then place dressing in a container on the side.  If using a mason jar, place the dressing on the bottom, them place the greens on that and then layer the rest of the salad.

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Red White and Blueberry Salad

serves 4

10 oz spring greens
6-8 medium strawberries hulled and sliced
1/2 pint blueberries
1/3 cup whole walnuts
1/4 medium red onion, sliced
½ cup feta cheese crumbled

Creamy Balsamic dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, I use full fat
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

In a small bowl or jar make the salad dressing.  Add all the ingredients and whisk or shake vigorously until combined.

In a large bowl or platter add your spring greens and tope with the strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, onions, and feta.  Either drizzle dressing over the salad or allow each person to dress their own.

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