A summer berry salad to help you use up all the delicious summer berries in season right now. Packed with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and drizzled with a delicious sweet and zesty honey mint lime dressing.
Earlier this summer, I went strawberry picking and picked more strawberries than I knew what to do with. Enter this summer berry salad, a delicious and refreshing way to help you use up your berry bounty. I used fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, but you can use whatever berries you have on hand, including blackberries, mulberries, or even gooseberries!
The honey lime dressing that goes with this salad adds a delicious sweet-and-sour flavor. Plus, the lime zest and fresh mint add a cool and zesty element to really make this salad POP!
This is a perfect salad to bring to a picnic or a summer BBQ, or even a day at the beach. It's vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free, so it can accommodate a lot of dietary restrictions. Plus, it's super easy to make and takes less than 10 minutes. Now that's what I'm talking about!
- Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are so fresh and flavorful in their peak season - summer.
- Lime juice and zest: Freshly squeezed lime juice is preferred over the packaged kind - the flavor is much more robust.
- Mint: The mint adds a sweet and cool taste to the honey lime dressing.
- Honey: The honey adds sweetness to balance out the acidity of the lime.
How to Make Summer Berry Salad
Prepare the berries. Rinse and lightly dry all berries. Remove the strawberry stems (hull the strawberries) with a small knife or with a straw. Here's a helpful guide on hulling strawberries.
Mix the berries together in a large bowl. Try to do this gently so as not to puncture or bruise any of the berries.
Make the honey lime dressing. Juice and zest ½ a lime. Finely chop mint. Whisk together lime juice and zest, honey, and chopped mint in a small bowl.
Finish the salad. Drizzle the dressing over the berries. Carefully mix everything together. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to incorporate. Serve and enjoy!
Since this recipe uses highly-sensitive fresh berries, I would recommend eating or serving the berry salad the same day you prepare it. If you're making it ahead of time (to eat later in the day), you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you're ready to enjoy!
- You'll need about 4 cups of berries for this recipe. While the ratio of berries is entirely up to you, I used 1½ cup strawberries, 1½ cup blueberries, and 1 cup raspberries.
- Try to buy the berries you're using for this recipe either day of or the day before to preserve freshness and the maximum amount of nutrients.
- When zesting the lime, avoid getting the white part of the lime - this tends to lend a bitter taste to the zest.
Variations and Substitutions
- Make it vegan: Swap honey for maple syrup to make this recipe 100% vegan.
- Make it gluten-free: This recipe is already gluten-free, so no changes are needed.
- Low FODMAP version: To make this recipe Low FODMAP, simply swap the honey for maple syrup. The rest of the ingredients are FODMAP-friendly.
- Change up the fruits! Want to add other fruits? Feel free to add in other berries or stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, and apricots. YUM!
- Make it sweeter: Add more honey (½ tablespoon at a time) if you prefer a sweeter taste.
- Make it more tart: Add more lime juice to make this recipe more tart if you prefer.
What to Serve with Summer Berry Salad
Serve this summer berry salad with other delicious summer recipes, from delicious pasta dishes like Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta or Creamy Hummus Pasta, or other summer salads like Chickpea Avocado Salad or Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta Salad.
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More Healthy Berry Recipes:
- Cucumber Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
- Raspberry Chia Jam
- Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats
- English Muffin French Toast with Raspberry Sauce
Summer Berry Salad
- 4 cups berries strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
Honey Mint Lime Dressing
- Zest and juice from ½ lime
- 1½ tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
- Rinse all berries. Quarter strawberries. Mix berries together in a large bowl.
- Make the dressing: Combine lime juice and zest, honey, and chopped mint in a small bowl. Whisk together.
- Drizzle dressing over berries and mix together.
- Serve and enjoy!
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