Summer Berry Arugula Salad is sweet, savory, and tossed in a fresh raspberry balsamic vinaigrette.  It’s a salad you’ll be excited to eat! {GF, Vegetarian}

bowl of summer arugula salad

**This post was originally published on May 20, 2014.  I’ve taken new photos, modified the recipe, but have left most of the wording of this post the same.

Long ago, my family dubbed me as the “salad queen”.  Whenever there was a family gathering, I was the designated salad person because I always had a new one that I’d conjured up or found somewhere.  It’s probably because way back when (we’re talking pre-marriage here),  I didn’t cook very well.  At all.

Salads were my comfort zone, because let’s face the facts, they’re hard to mess up unless you completely over-dress them.  I’ve learned a thing or two over the years and I can cook a lot better now, but my love for salads hasn’t changed.

I eat salads daily, and believe that they can liven up any meal.

Close up of summer arugula salad in a bowl

Especially when they look like this right?

Years ago I had a Mother’s Day gathering at my house, and for some reason the salad was an after thought for me.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and at the last minute I started throwing this Summer Berry Arugula Salad together.

It was a hit, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I made it again, and again, so I knew I was going to have to share it with you here. πŸ™‚

Overhead shot of bowl of summer arugula salad

What makes this salad so special (besides the fact that it’s easy on the eyes)?  It’s the sweet and savory flavors..that’s where it’s at for me!

The sweet juicy berries are the perfect contrast to the peppery arugula and creamy, tangy goat cheese.  The toasted pecan pieces give this salad a nice crunch factor, which is something every salad needs in my opinion!

If all of that isn’t enough, we haven’t even gotten to the dressing. πŸ™‚

Raspberry balsamic dressing drizzling over arugula salad

This salad is the reason why I developed a recipe for Fresh Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Sure, you can buy store bought raspberry dressing and save some time, but they’re often loaded with sugar and preservatives.

Homemade salad dressings come together so quickly, and always take your salad to the next level.

This Summer Berry Arugula Salad is the perfect side for any of your summer barbecues, or make it a main dish with some grilled chicken.  This is a salad adults and kids alike will be excited to eat.

Take it from the salad queen. πŸ™‚

Close up of raspberry balsamic dressing drizzling over arugula salad

See all of my Salad Recipes for more inspiration!

Yield: 4 servings

Summer Berry Arugula Salad

Summer arugula salad with berries in a white bowl

Summer Berry Arugula SaladΒ isΒ sweet, savory, and full of summer flavor. Β It's a salad you'll be excited to eat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • Β½ cup (about 3 ounces) goatΒ cheese, crumbled (may substitute with feta cheese)
  • Β½ cup pecan pieces, toasted*

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Fresh Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette or use your favorite store bought dressing.
  2. Place the arugula, berries, goat cheese, and toasted pecans in a large bowl. Add just enough dressing to coat and toss gently.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • *You can use pre-toasted pecans, or toast them on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until fragrant.
  • The nutrition information for this recipe does not include the dressing. Β If you use my Fresh Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe the nutrition information is listed there.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

4 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g

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