Fruit & Nut Spinach Salad Recipe


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This Fruit & Nut Spinach Salad recipe is the perfect combination of fresh summer berries, feta cheese and toasted nuts.  This is topped off with a delicious Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing for the most amazing summer meal!

Overhead shot of Fruit & Nut Spinach Salad on a cutting board

Berries are the ultimate summer food… sweet & tart, fresh & juicy and so pretty to look at.   There is literally nothing like biting into a fresh juicy strawberry to remind you that the sun is shining outside!

I love incorporating fresh berries into a meal by putting a fresh summery spin on my traditional spinach salad recipe.

Pouring dressing over a bowl of Fruit & Nut Spinach Salad

Salads are a staple around here year round but even more so in the summer and this beautiful spinach salad recipe is definitely one of my favorites!

Tender fresh baby spinach is loaded up with luscious summer berries and toasted nuts for a little bit of richness.  And of course cheese…  because pretty much every dish needs a little bit of cheese.  Both feta and goat cheese are amazing additions to this salad; the saltiness being the perfect balance to the sweet berries.

Bottle of Marzetti Balsamic dressing with bowl of Fruit & Nut Spinach Salad, surrounded by berries and nuts

Since this salad is loaded up with so much beautiful fresh summer produce, I really wanted a dressing that would let the ingredients shine. Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing is the perfect match for this salad; both simple and delicious with a little zip from the vinegar!

The ingredients in the Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing are just like the salad… simple and fresh…  ingredients you know.  You can find Simply Dressed® dressings in the refrigerated produce section.

While this salad is the perfect side dish, to make it into a complete summer meal add in grilled chicken or shrimp. I have added a collection of my favorite berries but grapes, freshly pitted cherries or even slices ripe peaches are all amazing in this salad too!

Overhead shot of Fruit & Nut Spinach Salad with wooden spoons on a cutting board 

Overhead shot of Fruit & Nut Spinach Salad on a cutting board
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Fruit & Nut Spinach Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly N.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
This Fruit & Nut Spinach Salad recipe is the perfect combination of fresh summer berries, feta cheese and toasted nuts. This is topped off with a delicious Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing for the most amazing summer meal!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 10 oz spinach
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 2/3 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup feta cheese (or goat cheese)
  • 1/2 cup red onion , thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 bottle Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing

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Instructions

  • Toast pecans and almonds until fragrant and lightly browned. Cool completely.
  • Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Toss with dressing and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 289, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 476mg, Potassium: 694mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 6845IU, Vitamin C: 53.4mg, Calcium: 313mg, Iron: 3.3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. Delicious! I didn’t have strawberries so just used a little more of the other fruits. I made my own balsamic dressing and it all worked great together. It is going to be my new go-to summer salad4 stars

  2. Hi can we replace the spinach with rockets and does balsamic vinegar can be used as a dressing as i dont want to buy the ready made dressing bottles ?

    1. This would be amazing with rocket/arugula. The bottled dressing is a vinaigrette so it has a bit more sweetness but you can certainly make your own balsamic vinaigrette if you prefer.

  3. I like to make a 7 layer salad with mixed salads, hard boiled eggs, cheese, water chestnuts, peas and shredded carrots,with a vinaigrette dressing

  4. Hi Holly,
    I just found the email about the contest in my spam folder. I have sent you a reply.
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  5. I love mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, pepper, tuna, garbanzo beans, waxed beans and a raspberry vinaigrette.

  6. My perfect summer salad has lettuce, tomato, pepper, green apple slices, dried cranberries and a light vinaigrette.

  7. Oh my gosh..that salad looks so amazing! We grow strawberries and blueberries in our garden…I have to try that!
    I love to make one with summer sausage pieces cut up, black olives, cherry tomatoes and cheese chunks. I think the Light Balsamic Vinaigrette would be amazing on it!

  8. I like a salad using kale and romaine, tomato cubes, bacon bits, croutons, diced chicken, strawberries, nuts and eggs

  9. In my summer salad would be Spinach, mandarin oranges, cucumber, tomato, romaine lettuce, cheese and black olive!

  10. My favorite summer salad is taboulah but I don’t add mint to my recipe and I add fresh carrots and sometimes radishes to the salad and off course cherry tomatoes and green onions from my garden.

  11. For summer salads, I enjoy a mix of baby spinach, red cabbage, lettuce, red onions, shredded carrots, boiled eggs, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and sugar snap peas, with just a bit of ranch dressing. Delicious.

  12. My favorite summer salad are garden tomatoes with cucumbers and thin red onion. Dressing is sour cream with a little vinegar, salt & pepper. Toss together.

  13. I love salads! I try to use at least 2 types of lettuce, purple onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, ham/turkey, bacon and home-made garlic croutons. Depending on seasons sometimes I add apple, or grapes or berries of some kind.

  14. I like fresh greens, strawberries, pecans and cucumbers wilth a lite italian or French dressing.

  15. I like salad greens, tomato, roasted chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, avocado, olives and cranberries in a salad. Thanks for the chance :)

  16. Spinach, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and a Balsamic vinegar dressing.

  17. Gosh all of those salads looks absolutely stunning!!! I don’t put fruit in salads often enough :) great recipe!

  18. Such a colourful plate of summer, we grow a lot of our own berries although seem to struggle with blueberries for some reason… My favourite in a salad though has to be cherries which I will often pair up with a rich meat like duck or pigeon.

  19. Whoever said that salads are boring, they obsviously have not seen your post. OMG!!! A divinely colourful salad! Healthy, delicious, beautifully presented, l can’t possibly think of a better way to enjoy a salad.

  20. This salad looks wonderful for a hot summer day. The dressing is going on my shopping list.

  21. Spinach, fresh greens, I love fresh greek olives feta cheese, scallions, cucumber, roma tomatoes, berries (any kind really) avacado and splash of greek dressing

  22. My favorite is to add cucumber, apples, strawberry, kiwi, boiled egg, mixture of nuts sunflower seeds, almonds and pecans

  23. This salad is making my mouth water!!! Looks amazing! My go-to summer salad is fresh baby greens, grape tomatoes, feta, dried cherries and a balsamic vinaigrette which is more than likely Marzetti since I’m a huge fan!

  24. Yum, yum, yum, I love salads with lots of greens, spinach, onion, strawberries and lots of candied walnuts with raspberry dressing. What am I talking about just give me any kind of salad, I will eat any kind of salad.

  25. For summer salads, I love a mix of greens, including baby spinach, along with sliced hardboiled eggs, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, red onion, cucumber, green peppers, bean sprouts, mushrooms, garbanzo beans, feta cheese and various types of dressing, depending on my mood. Sweet, tart or creamy…often Marzetti’s. To top it off, I love croutons and sunflower seeds or walnuts.

  26. Spinach, walnuts, cucumbers, carrots, apples, celery. Sometimes with dressing, sometimes without. Chef salad is great too!! Especially with Marzetti Honey French Dressing!!! :)

  27. I use what is in season, but I love baby greens with strawberries and a light lemon dressing top with a few sunflower seed and grilled salmon and it’s a fresh satisfying dinner.

  28. Gorgeous photos, Holly! The berries just POP! And that pour shot of the dressing, not easy to do…I have flooded my fair share of recipes attempting :) Love everything about this recipe and post!