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Summer Berry Salad with Vanilla Bean Dressing

Beautifully simple and packed with flavor, Summer Berry Salad with Vanilla Bean Dressing is elegant, easy, and will take your salad game next level.


For the Vanilla Bean Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Seeds from one vanilla bean*
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Salad

  • 5 oz baby spring greens
  • cup sliced strawberries
  • cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese optional
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Make the dressing by combining the lemon juice, orange juice, olive oil, vanilla seeds, and salt in a blender. Blend on high until well combined.
  • Toss the greens with about half the dressing, being careful not to over-dress. Top with the berries, almonds, and goat cheese (if using), and serve immediately with freshly ground pepper to taste.
  • Offer the extra dressing on the side for drizzling, or save the remaining dressing, tightly sealed in the fridge, for up to week.


*Vanilla bean seeds really do made this dressing.
Serve this salad as a side all summer long. It also make a lovely addition to a brunch spread.
For a main dish option, serve topped with grilled chicken or fish, or with white beans or chickpeas.

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