Berry Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Fresh berries, greens, red onion, avocado, and toasted almonds all covered in a perfectly sweet honey poppy seed dressing! This berry salad recipe can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes and is the perfect Summer salad!

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Summer recipes are still in full swing in my house and I love a simple, sweet salad. This fresh and fruity berry salad with honey poppy seed dressing is beyond delicious and is my go-to dish when there’s a bounty of berries.

This version of that summer-riffic salad includes chopped greens, chunks of avocado, crunchy red onions and toasted almonds, and – of course, lots of berries. All tossed with a tangy and sweet poppy seed dressing you’ll want to pour onto everything.

It’s a super quick salad to pull together and the dressing can be made by throwing all the ingredients in a mason jar!

ingredients for berry salad on white background


For the salad you need:

  • Spinach
  • Romaine
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Red onion
  • Avocado
  • Sliced almonds

For the honey poppy seed dressing you need:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey (or agave)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Poppy seeds
  • Salt (just a pinch!)
spinach, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, red onion, and avocado in large salad bowl

How to Make Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Once you figure out how easy it is to make amazingly flavorful (and healthier!) dressing from scratch, I promise you won’t want the store bought bottled stuff again.

This honey poppy seed dressing is one of my favorites. Even though it has basically only 5 ingredients, when combined they create a bold and tasty, slightly creamy dressing. It pairs perfectly with the sweet fruits and crunchy almonds in this Summer salad!

To make homemade dressing simply pour all of the ingredients into a mason jar, seal tightly, and shake. Give it a taste and adjust the seasonings if needed!

Use the dressing right away or keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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How to Make this Summer Berry Salad

All you need is a large bowl and 15 minutes to put together this fantastically fresh dish!

  1. Toast the almonds: Cook the almond slivers in a pan over low medium heat, stirring frequently. They should become light brown after about 7 minutes or so – but be careful that they don’t burn.
  2. Prep the fresh ingredients: Chop the greens, strawberries, and red onion.
  3. Assemble the salad: Add greens to a large bowl, then top with all of the berries and onion. Add half of the dressing and gently toss. Now add the avocado and almonds (set aside about 2 tablespoons for serving) and toss again to coat. You can add more dressing if you like.
  4. Serve the salad: Plate the salads and top with the reserved toasted almond slices. If there is extra dressing you can serve on the side.
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Recipe Variations

  • Add chickpeas, white beans, quinoa, or tofu for an extra boost of protein.
  • Substitute honey with maple syrup or agave to make this a vegan salad.
  • Use kale, arugula, mixed lettuce or any greens you like in substitute of spinach and mixed greens.
  • You can make ahead… Kinda. I recommend prepping all of the ingredients – make the dressing, chop all the produce, toast the almonds – but store everything separately in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble.
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berry salad in white bowl with pink napkin

Berry Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

This fresh and healthy salad is the perfect meal or side dish. Berries, red onion, avocado and toasted almonds all tossed with a perfectly sweet honey poppy seed dressing
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berries recipes, honey poppyseed dressing, panera copycat, salad recipes with berries, summer salad recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Amanda


  • 3 cups spinach chopped
  • 1 head romaine chopped (about 3-4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thinly
  • 1 medium avocado pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds plus 2 Tablespoons for serving


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons honey can substitute with agave or maple syrup if vegan
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • pinch salt


  • Add all ingredients for dressing into a mason jar. Shake well. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  • Toast almonds: In a small pan over low-medium heat, cook almonds until fragrant and a light golden brown. Stir frequently to prevent burning! This takes about 7-10 mintutes.
  • Add spinach, romaine, berries, and onions to a large bowl.
  • Pour half the dressing on top of the salad and toss well to coat.
  • Add avocado and almonds (reserving the 2 Tablespoons for serving). Toss well. Add more dressing if needed.
  • When ready to serve, put salad on a plate or bowl. Top with extra toasted almonds!



Store the honey poppy seed salad dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 1salad (1/4 recipe) | Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.3g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 22.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.9g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 18.2g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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10 thoughts on “Berry Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing”

  1. 5 stars
    This is MY kind of salad! I love combining sweet and savory in a lot of things, but esp. salads. This dressing looks delicious too, I always forget I have poppy seeds… and here’s a perfect way to use them!

  2. 5 stars
    That looks stunning such a great and vibrant summer salad, love the variation idea of adding chickpeas too, their earthy flavour is often so good with fruit.

  3. 5 stars
    mmm mmm mmm !!! i loved reading about this recipe , i’d love trying diff variations of this – ill have to cook it !!


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