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Summer Berry Salad With Goat Cheese And Almonds

Serve up an extraordinary combination of ingredients in this Summer Berry Salad! Juicy strawberries, soft goat cheese, crunchy almonds, greens, and a divine dressing. This summer berry salad with goat cheese and almonds has got it all!

Summer berry salad on a white plate with a fork and lemon zest on the side.

In this seasonal berry salad, every ingredient plays a special part. The bed of lettuce sets the stage with a leafy crunch, while the sweet berries and crunchy almonds perfectly blend. The creamy goat cheese is the star of the show with its tangy and earthy flavors. 

Key Ingredients:

Summer berry salad ingredients spread olive oil dijon mustard pepper lemon goat cheese lemon zest romaine lettuce goat cheese spring mix strawberries chili pepper almonds salt and maple syrup.

Romaine lettuce: Crisp and refreshing, romaine lettuce provides a satisfying crunch to any fresh summer salad.

Spring mix: Spring mix is a delightful blend of tender baby greens, adding variety and a delicate flavor.

Strawberries: Juicy and sweet, strawberries bring a burst of freshness and vibrant color to the salad.

Goat cheese: Creamy and tangy, goat cheese adds a luxurious and velvety texture to this summer fruit salad.

Lemon zest: Zesty and aromatic lemon zest adds a bright, citrusy note.

Toasted almonds: Nutty toasted almonds provide a crunchy texture and a hint of smokiness, making a great berry salad topping.

Maple syrup: Maple syrup adds a subtle sweetness.

Salt: Salt enhances the flavors of this summer salad with fruit and cheese.

Chili pepper flakes: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, a sprinkle of chili pepper flakes adds a delightful kick.

For the Easy Berry Salad Dressing:

  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make a Summer Berry Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds

Step 1: In a skillet over medium-low heat add almonds and maple syrup. Stir to coat evenly. Stir constantly for about 2-3 minutes, being careful to not burn them.

Almonds toasting in a skillet with a wooden spoon on a wooden board.

Step 2: Remove the pan from heat and transfer almonds onto a silicone mat or parchment paper. Sprinkle it with salt and chili flakes.

Chopped almonds on a baking tray with a bowl of salt and a bowl of chili flakes on the side.

Step 3: Make the dressing. Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Or put all of the ingredients in a jar and give it a shake.

A small bowl of salad dressing with a spoon with olive oil, lemon wedge, and small ingredient bowls on the side.

Step 4: Wash the salad leaves. Wash and slice the strawberries.

Greens in a sieve and chopped strawberries on a wooden cutting board with a knife.

Step 5: To assemble the salad, place greens on a plate for the base. Add sliced strawberries on top and crumble the goat cheese. Then drizzle with dressing and sprinkle caramelized almonds on top.

Summer berry salad on a white plate with a fork, salad dressing, and lemon zest on the side.

Expert Tips:

  • You can save time by prepping some of the ingredients in advance! Wash and dry the lettuce and spring mix, slice the strawberries, and crumble the goat cheese ahead of time. This way, you’ll have everything ready to assemble when you’re ready to enjoy your almond and berry salad.
  • To make this salad a filling meal, you can add protein. Grilled chicken, shrimp, or even plant-based options like tofu or chickpeas all are satisfying choices! Protein will not only add more flavor and texture but also keep you feeling full and energized.

Recipe FAQs:

Can I substitute goat cheese with another cheese?

Absolutely! If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, you can easily substitute it with another cheese. Feta, blue cheese, or even milder cheese like mozzarella are great options.

Can I use frozen berries for this salad?

While you technically can use frozen berries, it’s not recommended. It’s best to use fresh berries for a crisp and vibrant salad experience.

How do I prepare almonds for this salad?

In a skillet over medium-low heat, combine the almonds and maple syrup. Stir constantly for about 2-3 minutes, being careful to not burn them. Sprinkle them atop the salad once you’re ready to serve.

Summer berry salad on a white plate with dressing being poured on top with a spoon and olive oil in the background.

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Summer berry salad on a white plate with a bowl of lemon zest and a bowl of almonds on the side.

Summer Berry Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds

A fresh summer salad with spicy caramelized almonds, goat cheese, and a light dijon mustard dressing.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings1
Calories: 625kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup spring mix
  • 1 handful strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp goat cheese, soft
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • salt, to taste
  • tsp chili pepper flakes

Easy Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a skillet over medium-low heat add almonds and maple syrup. Stir to coat evenly. Stir constantly for about 2-3 minutes, being careful to not burn them.
    ¼ cup toasted almonds, 1 Tbsp maple syrup
    Almonds toasting in a skillet with a wooden spoon on a wooden board.
  • Remove pan from heat and transfer almonds onto silicone mat or parchment paper. Sprinkle it with salt and chili flakes.
    salt,, ⅛ tsp chili pepper flakes
    Chopped almonds on a baking tray with a bowl of salt and a bowl of chili flakes on the side.
  • Make dressing. Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Or put all of the ingredients in a jar and give it a shake.
    ½ tsp lemon zest, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 2 Tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, salt,, black pepper,
    A small bowl of salad dressing with a spoon with olive oil, lemon wedge, and small ingredient bowls on the side.
  • Wash the salad leaves. Wash and slice the strawberries.
    1 cup spring mix, 1 handful strawberries, 1 cup romaine lettuce
    Greens in a sieve and chopped strawberries on a wooden cutting board with a knife.
  • To assemble the salad, place greens on a plate for the base. Add sliced strawberries on top and crumble goat cheese. Then drizzle with dressing and sprinkle caramelized almonds on top.
    2 Tbsp goat cheese,
    Summer berry salad on a white plate with salad dressing, almonds, and lemon zest on the side.

Notes

If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, you can easily substitute it with another cheese. Feta, blue cheese, or even a milder cheese like mozzarella are great options.

Nutrition

Calories: 625kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 33g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 4855IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 3mg
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