Spinach and Berry Salad

dsc00772 I first had this salad at my sister-in-law’s baby shower, back in 2005. The recipe was quickly procured and tucked inside my recipe box… where it has sat for 4 years.

Fortunately, my mother-in-law hadn’t forgotten about this tasty dish, and whipped it up for our dinner last night. It’s quick and special, all at once, and it was a yummy addition to our baked fish and couscous.

This is a perfect luncheon salad. Served with a nice quiche, or topped with crumbled goat cheese and a side of nice bread, it would be a wonderful, light meal for a lunch with girlfriends. However, lest such an idea cause you to file this in the category of “chic food,” I will point out that Ryan enjoyed this very much!

Spinach and Berry Salad


    1/2 c. olive oil
    1/4 c. red wine vinegar
    [scant] 1/4 c. sugar
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    1/4 t. salt
    1/4 t. pepper
    1/4 t. dry mustard
    1/4 t. onion powder

Mix and chill.


    1 c. slivered almonds, toasted*
    1 lb baby spinach
    1 lb butter lettuce
    1 bunch green onions, chopped
    1/2 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
    1/2 pint fresh raspberries
    1/2 pint fresh blueberries**
    1/4 cup fresh dill weed

Toss; dress with vinaigrette to taste.

*To toast: Spread on cookie sheet and put in hot oven for a minute or two. Watch them closely; they’ll go from toasted to burned in a split second!

**Or any combination you have on hand.


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  1. This is a recipe from the Colorado Colore cookbook published by the Junior League of Denver. One of my favorite recipes!

    Posted by Angela | April 29, 2009, 3:06 pm
  2. I was about to mention the same thing…
    Danica- do you have the Colorado Series (Collage, Colore, Cache, Creme de Colorado, etc)?
    You would LOVE these cookbooks. They are loaded, loaded, loaded with simple and wonderful recipes. WELL worth the money. Collage is my favorite, but you should check out all of them.

    Posted by LisaCriscitello | May 8, 2009, 3:56 am
  3. This salad sounds wonderful! Berry season is almost here, in the North Country that is.
    I can’t wait to try it.

    Posted by Paula Haller | May 27, 2009, 6:17 pm