You will be making this blueberry summer green salad on repeat!
All it takes is 6 fresh ingredients to make this summer recipe plus a super simple dressing.
This salad recipe is truly summer in a bowl!
When I make a summer green salad I’m aiming for ingredients that are a bit crunchy, tangy, sweet and creamy. I want to take the taste buds on a true adventure!
Blueberries and basil are the perfect stars of this recipe, especially when they’re so fresh in the summertime. With every bite you get sweetness from the blueberries; crunchy almonds; tangy goat cheese; creamy avocado; and, freshness from the basil and greens.
How to make a blueberry summer green salad
Fresh Greens: The base of this salad calls for a fresh, crisp mix of spring greens but you could easily substitute with romaine lettuce or baby kale.
Blueberries: Gotta have fresh summer blueberries for that little bit of sweetness.
Avocado: Brings a little creaminess and colour to the salad.
Toasted Nuts: Toasted sliced or chopped almonds work lovely but you can absolutely substitute too with walnuts.
Cheese: Crumbled goat cheese pairs so perfectly with the fresh blueberries.
Fresh Basil: Fresh basil leaves add another level of flavour.
Honey Lemon Vinaigrette: This simple vinaigrette brings the whole blueberry summer salad together.
Blueberry Basil Summer Green Salad
This blueberry summer green salad is loaded with basil, avocado, almonds and goat cheese. A delicious summer green salad for any meal!
- 8 cups spring greens or greens of your choice
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, chopped or torn
- 2/3 cup toasted, sliced or chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1 avocado, pit removed and sliced or chopped
Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
- juice and zest of one lemon
- 2 tbsp liquid honey
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- pinch of salt and pepper
Toast the sliced or chopped almonds in a small pan of medium-low heat until just golden brown, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Add all of the honey lemon vinaigrette ingredients to a small bowl or mason jar, either whisk the dressing or shake in the mason jar to combine. Set aside.
To build the salad add the greens, blueberries, basil and almonds to a bowl. Toss the salad with half of the dressing, taste and add more if desired. Then top with crumbled goat cheese and sliced or chopped avocado.
- Try fresh, sliced strawberries instead of blueberries.
- If goat cheese isn't for you, try feta or parmesan cheese instead.
- Don't want to use almonds? Try toasted walnuts.
It’s easy and classic enough as a side dish with any summer lunch or dinner. Or, make this summer salad a full meal by adding a grilled chicken breast or another protein of your choice.
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Until the next cooking adventure,