This mixed green salad with fruit combines plenty of hearty greens, juicy berries, creamy goat cheese, almonds, chicken prosciutto, and other goodies. Topped with a homemade poppy seed dressing, this easy summer salad is absolutely delicious!
Like summer in a bowl, this mixed green salad with fruit is seriously jam-packed with deliciousness, my friends! This ain’t no ordinary mixed green salad. Honestly, I could eat this on repeat all summer long. No lie.
Were you a fan of Seinfeld? If you were (or are), you may remember Elaine’s obsession with having the “big salad.” Funny how things stick with ya. I do love a nice-n-substantial salad, that’s for sure!
For me, growing up, a salad usually meant either a simple garden salad, chef salad or a caesar salad. Those are all pretty delicious, but I’ve branched out as I’ve gotten older, trying all sorts of salads and combinations.
Salads can be so exciting (well, as far as salads go). The possibilities are pretty much endless and you could have something different every day.
Fan of hearty salads? You may enjoy this southwest chicken salad.
This berry salad uses some of the season’s best! It honestly doesn’t take much effort; the ingredients do all the work, if you ask me!
- There’s a mixed green base with some herbs
- Plenty of fresh berries (4 whole cups!)
- Creamy avocado & goat cheese (by the way, did ya know that avocado is a fruit?)
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Chicken breast and prosciutto
- Homemade poppy seed dressing
Doesn’t that sound yummy?
Can I Use Other Mixed Greens?
I used baby arugula (little bit of a peppery flavour), baby spinach (kinda neutral in taste) and kale (super hearty and a little bitter), but you could use other leafy greens if you like.
Other delicious options are:
- Boston lettuce
- Romaine lettuce
- Red or green leaf lettuce
Note: Frisée and endive are a little bitter, so I would use these sparingly, kinda like what I did with the kale. You do you!
Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
The creamy base of this homemade poppy seed dressing is made with mostly Greek yogurt and a little mayonnaise.
You literally combine all the ingredients together and enjoy!
To mix poppy seed dressing, you can either:
- Place the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
- Mix everything up using a mini food processor.
- Put ingredients in a small jar, cover and shake, shake, shake! Get dancing right in the middle of your kitchen (that’s what I do, anyway).
Tips and Variations
- Use what you enjoy! If you like a particular green and not another, use the one you like best!
- Speaking of using what you enjoy, there’s no real set in stone quantities here for toppings. If you love blueberries, for example, add extra.
- Try another type of nut instead of almonds, like walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans or pistachios.
- Blackberries or cherries would be a lovely addition here too.
- Mix up the variety of cheese you use! Try shaved Parmesan. Simply shave or peel with a veggie peeler.
- If you want crispy prosciutto, pan fry or bake until it reaches your desired consistency and crumble over the salad. Trying to keep sodium intake on the lower side? Simply omit the prosciutto.
- If you want the red onion to be less pungent, give them a little rinse under cold water.
- I used two chicken breasts (or about 1 pound). If you want to make things more substantial, you can totally use more chicken.
- Save time by using store-bought cooked chicken! Then it’s just a matter of assembling the salad and no cooking involved.
- Mint was used for a little pop-o-freshness, but another herb, like basil, would be delish!
- Entertaining or bringing this mixed green berry salad to a get-together? Rather than toss everything together right away, mix together most of the ingredients, while leaving some for the top.
- This mixed green salad with fruit looks super pretty that way for presentation purposes (and you can see everything that’s in there). Of course, when ready to devour, mix everything together.
More Yummy Salad Recipes
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Mixed Green Salad With Fruit
Mixed Green Salad With Fruit
- 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts, about 2 chicken breasts
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Herbes de Provence, or dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 5 cups baby spinach
- 4 cups baby arugula
- 1 cup chopped kale (bite-sized pieces, leaves only, no stems)
- ½ cup mint leaves
- 3 tablespoons chopped chives
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
- 6 slices prosciutto, torn into bite-sized pieces (about 2.5 ounces or 70 grams)
Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
- ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 to 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Season each chicken breast with a pinch of salt, black pepper and herbes de provence (or simply thyme). Drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake for 23 to 25 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked through (the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit when checked with an instant-read meat thermometer). Let cool/rest for a few minutes before slicing.Note: Depending on the thickness of the chicken, you may have to cook longer. To check the internal temperature of the chicken, insert an instant-read meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, all the way to the middle. Remove the thermometer from the chicken after checking the temperature.
- In a large serving bowl, mix together the arugula, spinach, kale, mint and chives.
- Add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, avocado, red onion, almonds, goat cheese, prosciutto and cooked chicken. Toss or stir to combine everything.
- To make the creamy poppy seed dressing, combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, salt, black pepper and poppy seeds in a jar, cover and shake to mix everything together (or whisk together ingredients in a bowl).
- Drizzle the poppy seed dressing over the salad and mix in or toss to combine. Serve and enjoy! Makes 4 large dinner salads or 6 smaller salads.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.
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