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Last Updated on May 17, 2019 by Diane Hoffmaster
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.
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
- Citrus Avocado Salad Recipe with Mint and Feta
- Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil
- Onion Ring Salad Recipe with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
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.
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!
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 with Blackberries and Feta
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 8 to 10 fresh basil leaves
- ⅓ cup blackberries
- 2 to 3 TBSP fresh feta cheese
- slices of red onion
Toss spinach leaves and basil together
Top with remaining ingredients
Add dressing of your choice and enjoy!
Consider using picked red onions for a tangy twist on this summer salad.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.