You’ll fall in love with this easy, flavourful spinach salad with fresh blueberries and strawberries dressed with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette. Who says healthy can’t be craveable?

Spinach Salad with Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries in Black Bowl with Dressing
This super easy spinach salad with blueberries and strawberries takes just 15 minutes to make and is packed with flavour!

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It’s no secret I’m a salad girl, with a capital S. I’ve written 3 best-selling plant-based cookbooks, so I’ve definitely got opinions on what makes a good salad. It’s got to be flavourful – no boring salads here! It should be colourful. And have plenty of texture. 

Salads aren’t an afterthought in my world…I like salads with main character energy (for not a lot of effort) like my restaurant-worthy chopped asparagus salad and this unbelievably good blueberry spinach salad. It’s tossed with fresh blueberries and strawberries, a little cucumber and mint freshness, just a bit of shallot for zip, and some crunchy pecans or almonds. 

It’s the perfect summer salad when you’re wanting something nourishing and easy because it comes together in just 15 minutes, with 7 ingredients and the DRESSING!! If you haven’t tried it yet, my creamy balsamic vinaigrette is all-of-the-things: sweet, tart, savoury and utterly drinkable. So, exactly what a good salad dressing should be.

Before we get into though, there is something I need to get off my chest: baby spinach is FAR better when it’s chopped up. It’s a hot take, but I think that tearing or roughly chopping the leaves makes a far better spinach salad that you can actually fit on your fork.

Enjoy this as a side dish salad – it will serve 4 – or make it a meal for two with some grilled or baked tofu or roasted chickpeas for added protein.

How to make this epic spinach salad with blueberries

I know you’ll fall in love with this easy berry spinach salad…all you have to do is toss the ingredients in your serving bowl and dress right before serving! Yep, that’s it. No further instructions necessary!

And it’s easy to customize with whatever you have on hand. Swap in arugula for spinach, go all blueberries if you don’t have strawberries, try sunflower seeds to make it nut free. No rules….live your life!!

spinach, blueberries, cucumber in bowls
Gather your ingredients: you’ll need some baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries, shallot, cucumber, mint, pecans OR almonds…and a batch of my creamy balsamic vinaigrette.
Hand tearing spinach
I highly recommend tearing or chopping your spinach so the leaves are easier to eat and cling to the dressing better.

Serving Instructions: I like to dress and toss the salad right before serving for the best texture. Or, you can simply serve the dressing on the side.

If you think you’ll have leftovers, leave the salad undressed and it keeps quite well for a couple of days because there are no delicate ingredients like raspberries or avocados. The creamy balsamic vinaigrette makes a LOT, and it keeps for ages so you can use it for a couple of weeks. 

PS…scroll down to the bottom of the page for the full, detailed recipe!

Why this blueberry spinach salad is so, so good for you:

I have to admit that as a dietitian, I tend to eat a lot more salad with kale, arugula and spinach than lettuce because it’s such an easy swap to boost some serious nutrition (they’re more flavourful too!).

Spinach is a great source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. It’s got plenty of vitamins and minerals too, such as folate, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium. 

As a higher oxalate green, the minerals are less well absorbed…but the natural vitamin C from the berries helps with absorption! The berries also offer plenty of antioxidants to support skin health. Many plant-based compounds are better absorbed with a bit of healthy fat, and the olive oil in the vinaigrette is a perfect match.

On a low FODMAP diet? Ditch the shallot in the salad and garlic in the vinaigrette and this salad is fully low FODMAP….yay!

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Spinach Salad with Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries in Black Bowl with Dressing

Spinach Salad with Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries

You’ll fall head over heels for this easy, flavourful spinach salad with fresh blueberries and strawberries dressed with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette. Who says healthy can’t be craveable? Makes a great side salad or main dish with added protein
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  • 4 packed cups baby spinach, torn or roughly chopped (or your fave salad green!)
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or thawed from frozen
  • 1 cup strawberries, diced
  • 1 cup diced cucumber, about ⅓ medium cucumber
  • ¼ cup almonds or pecans, chopped or whole
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, sliced or torn
  • ¼ shallot, very thinly sliced
  • Creamy Balsamic Dressing


  • A little note on texture…I really love it A) when the spinach is torn into smaller pieces that fit easily on your fork and B) when the add ons are all roughly the same size as the blueberries, so dice the strawberries and cucumber smaller! But you do you…it will save you a few minutes if you don't chop the spinach and keep the other stuff larger!
  • This salad is so so easy that it almost needs no instruction: just add the spinach, berries, nuts, shallot and mint to a large salad bowl and serve with dressing. You can either dress it right before serving or serve the salad with dressing on the side if you're expecting leftovers (it keeps better that way!).


This salad makes 4 side dish servings or 2 main dish servings, paired with a protein like baked or grilled tofu, or roasted chickpeas!
Low FODMAP? Ditch the shallot in the salad and the garlic in the vinaigrette and this salad is fully low FODMAP in either the side dish or the main dish serving. Looking for more low FODMAP recipes? I’ve got some on the blog and in my book, Good For Your Gut.