Basil and Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Feta

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This Basil and Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Feta is a healthy summer salad recipe that takes only minutes to make.  Sweet blackberries pair with tangy feta cheese for a healthy side salad or simple lunch recipe.  Instead of using fresh red onion, try topping this basil salad with pickled red onions instead

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Basil and Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Feta in a white bowl with hands full of fresh blackberries

Yay for Simple Summer Salads!

Ah, the lazy days of summer have almost begun and that means I have nothing going on, right?  Oh that is so very, very wrong!  Some days, I have plenty of time for cooking a big dinner and others I am looking for fast and easy!  This simple summer salad is a healthy addition to your takeout pizza or simple crock pot meal. Looking for more easy basil recipes?  Check out my post on how to make bruschetta!

More Easy Salad Recipes

One of the things I love most about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.  My basil is growing so fast I can barely keep it contained. It tastes delicious mixed into a handful of fresh spinach leaves.  Top it with the sweetness of blackberries and the sharpness of feta cheese and you have a delicious and fresh tasting salad that takes only minutes to make. 

 

Spinach and Basil Salad with Feta and Blackberries

Choosing Ripe Blackberries For Your Berries and Greens Salad

Finding ripe blackberries is key to this spinach salad recipe.  You don’t want bitter blackberries! So, how do you go about choosing ripe blackberries?   We have a blackberry vine in our front yard, although we don’t get as many as we would like.  If you plan on going blackberry picking, you can use them on top of summer salads and desserts, as well as freeze them for use in fresh fruit smoothies

fresh blackberries

When picking fresh blackberries, make sure the berry is plump and has a rich dark purple color.  You don’t want berries that are dull or uneven in color. The berries should come off of the bush easily when they are ripe. Use them on top of a whipped ricotta cheese tart or make yourself a decadent blackberry sugar scrub!  Can’t find blackberries where you are?  Try Amazon Fresh and have blackberries delivered right to your door!

spinach and basil salad with onions and feta in a white bowl

What entree goes with spinach salad?

Want something special to go with your basil and spinach salad?  Chicken, beef, bison and lamb can be served alongside with this spinach salad for a well-rounded meal.  You can also serve this side salad as a full entree if you offer a larger portion and top it with thinly sliced steak. 

Basil and Spinach Salad Recipe with Blackberries and Feta

Basil and Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Feta

Yield: 1 salad

Basil and Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Feta

Basil and Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Feta
This Basil and Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Feta is the perfect side dish for any quick meal!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 8 to 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup blackberries
  • 2 to 3 TBSP fresh feta cheese
  • slices of red onion

Instructions

Toss spinach leaves and basil together

Top with remaining ingredients

Add dressing of your choice and enjoy!

Notes

Consider using picked red onions for a tangy twist on this summer salad.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 102 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 282mg Carbohydrates: 7g Sugar: 3g Protein: 6g

 

 

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Comments

  1. That salad sounds amazing! I love the sweet of the berries next to the bite of the spinach and the spice of the basil. Yum!
  2. I'm in the same basil boat as you! Lots of basil in the garden, great idea to include it in your salad.

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