Red White and Blue Salad

This Red White and Blue Salad is a refreshing summer salad that’s easy to toss together and a great addition to any patriotic summer holiday menus. It’s a mix of seasonal juicy blueberries, ripe strawberries, feta cheese and sliced almonds, tossed with fresh greens and a little feta. Sprinkled with a light vinaigrette, it brings all the bright summer flavors to the table with a little healthy tossed in. Great for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day BBQs and summer picnics.

Summer Salad in white bowl with smaller bowls of strawberries and blueberries beside itSummer Berry Salad

This berry salad just yells summer from the top of its lungs. Blueberries and strawberries are the berries most associated with the long hot days of summer and they are perfect as this salad’s star attraction.

Deconstructed berry salad with rows of almonds, strawberries, greens, blueberries and feta in white bowl

But wait, I did say red, WHITE and blue. So where does the white come in? Feta cheese! It’s addition not only brings a pop of white to the dish but helps boost the flavor quotient with its bold tanginess. Mixed with fresh greens and sliced almonds for a little crunch, it’s the perfect refreshing side dish for summer picnics and barbecues. 

overhead of mixed berry salad

Of course, a salad needs a little dressing to bring out those bright summer flavors, right? And all this summer salad needs is this easy light citrus vinaigrette to top it off. In fact, I love this vinaigrette so much that it has become my new go-to for any salad I make. A mix of tangy lime juice, lemon zest and olive oil is whisked with honey to give it a nice sweet tart edge. Perfection!

pouring vinaigrette on berry salad

Expert Tips for the Best Summer Salad

Keep the vinaigrette aside and add just before serving to keep the greens crisp.

When making the salad ahead of time, make the vinaigrette in a covered container you can shake and store in refrigerator. This vinaigrette can be made up to two days ahead. Chop strawberries and place in a covered container. Assemble right before serving.

For brown bagging it, place a little dressing in the bottom of a mason jar then fill with berries, feta, almonds then greens. Screw on lid without shaking salad and store in refrigerator for the next day.

How to make this salad your own

Add walnuts or pecans instead of the almonds. Or go all out and top with candied pecans or crispy roasted chickpeas. 

Add a small amount of mint for a more refreshing edge.

Try shredded coconut for a more tropical flavor.

Try switching out the strawberries and blueberries for raspberries and blackberries.

Make it a lunch by topping the salad with rotisserie chicken, shrimp or baked/fried fish.

How to Make this Easy Red White and Blue Fruit Salad

Citrus Vinaigrette steps

  1. Gather all ingredients for vinaigrette – olive oil, lime juice, honey, lemon zest and salt. (step 1)
  2. Place lime juice in small bowl and squeeze in honey. (step 2)
  3. Pour in olive oil. (step 3)
  4. Add lemon zest. (step 4)
  5. Whisk all ingredients together. (step 5)
  6. Place in small pitcher or jar and refrigerate before serving. (step 6)

sprinkling feta over summer strawberry salad

  1. Place greens, berries and almond in large bowl. Sprinkle feta cheese on top.

pouring vinaigrette over finished salad

  1. When ready to serve, drizzle with citrus vinaigrette.

What dinners go best with this light salad

I love to serve this summer strawberry salad with barbecue dishes such as London Broil, Grilled Salmon or even 4th of July burgers and dogs.

It’s also great as a side for light dinners like my Air Fryer Pork Chops or grilled chicken.

Red White and Blue Salad close up | 2CookinMamas

As you can see, this Red, White and Blue Salad is the perfect side for summer’s patriotic holidays from Memorial Day to 4th of July to Labor Day and, really, any time the weather heats up. Enjoy!

More Summery Salad Recipes

Spinach Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad from 2 Cookin Mamas

Summer Cobb Salad from Spaceship and Laser Beams

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad from 2 Cookin Mamas

 

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5 from 2 votes
RED WHITE and BLUE SALAD
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This easy Red White and Blue Salad is a refreshing side for patriotic BBQs and summer picnics. Blueberries, strawberries, feta & greens are tossed with almonds and sprinkled with a light honey citrus vinaigrette that really makes this berry salad a standout!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keywords: berry salad, red white and blue fruit salad, strawberry salad, summer salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 295 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 cup light extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Salad
  • 5 oz mixed greens
  • 6 oz blueberries
  • 8 oz strawberries quartered
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 4 oz feta cheese crumbled
  • Salt & pepper
Directions
Citrus Vinaigrette
  1. Whisk all salad dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Berry Salad
  1. In a large bowl, combine greens, strawberries, blueberries and almonds.

  2. Sprinkle feta cheese on top and toss together.

  3. Drizzle with citrus vinaigrette just prior to serving.

Recipe Notes

How to change it up and make this salad your own

Add walnuts or pecans instead of the almonds. Or go all out and top with candied pecans or crispy roasted chickpeas. 

Add a small amount of mint for a more refreshing edge.

Try shredded coconut for a more tropical flavor.

Try switching out the strawberries and blueberries for raspberries and blackberries.

Make it a lunch by topping the salad with rotisserie chicken, shrimp or baked/fried fish.

Nutrition Facts
RED WHITE and BLUE SALAD
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 618mg26%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 545IU11%
Vitamin C 49.4mg60%
Calcium 174mg17%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated with step-by-step instructions and new photos. The original post was published on September 4, 2015.

 

This Red White and Blue Salad is a refreshing summer side that\'s easy to toss together. Fresh blueberries, sweet strawberries & feta cheese pair perfectly with tossed greens and a light honey citrus vinaigrette. Perfect for BBQs and special patriotic occasions like Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. #salad #healthy #recipe #fruit #summer #strawberry #feta #blueberry #easy #vinaigrette

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    alyssa
    06/25/2019 at 1:25 pm


    Saving this for next weekend – looks AMAZING!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      06/25/2019 at 4:08 pm

      Hope you enjoy! We’ll be munching on it at our house too!

  • Reply
    anshie
    06/25/2019 at 1:22 pm


    Oh so very perfect for the 4th of July weekend! No one can so no to a refreshing salad.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      06/25/2019 at 4:08 pm

      So true! It’s so refreshing along with all the delicious bbq. Have a great 4th!

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