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The Ultimate Summer Salad

Over the weekend, Matt’s mom revealed one of her delicious summer recipes to me…The Ultimate Summer Salad. If you are a salad lover, this homemade creation is for you! What makes this salad so scrumptious is a combination of yummy ingredients, paired with a made-from-scratch berry dressing. Fresh, easy, and colorful, this fabulous salad is sure to be a hit at your next summer outing!

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The Ultimate Summer Salad

The Ultimate Summer Salad


  • 6 ounces spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons red raspberry jam, seedless
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup walnut oil
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, onions, tomatoes and avocados.
  2. In another bowl, mix dried cranberries, cheese & walnuts. Set aside in refrigerator.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together jam, vinegar, walnut oil, pepper and salt (to taste).
  4. On a large serving plate, lay the spinach and veggie mix. Add the
    bowl of mixed toppings. Toss dressing into salad just before serving.

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 *photos updated on 3/29/21

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