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The Super Foodie :: Spinach Blackberry Salad

September 5th, 2013

Ladies and gentleman, please give a warm welcome to the latest addition to our contributor team: Sarah Yates of A House in the Hills. We’re thrilled to have Sarah joining us every other week to share her gorgeous vegan, vegetable heavy, seasonal recipes… plus, she’ll be focusing on the health and nutritional benefits associated with the different ingredients featured. Up first, this vibrant, end-of-summer salad…

Spinach Blackberry Salad recipe | A House in the Hills for Camille Styles

I live for berries in the summer and as they start to go out of season I look for every opportunity to add them to my meals.  This spinach and berry salad is perfect for these last HOT days of summer that we’re having– light, flavorful, satisfying and best of all, healthy!

Spinach Blackberry Salad recipe | A House in the Hills for Camille Styles

Spinach is a veritable superfood packed full of nutrients thought to improve brain function and slow aging.  And blackberries & strawberries, like all berries, are nutritional powerhouses as well.  Berries contain high levels of anti-oxidants which help protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals.  This free radical damage is thought to cause aging and contribute to diseases such as cancer and heart disease.  Additionally the vitamins in these berries  improve the condition of skin and hair, contributing to shine and elasticity.  So basically this is a salad that will increase your chances of living longer and having great skin & hair while doing so.  I’ll take it!

Ingredients:
  • 1 5 oz container of organic baby spinach
  • 1 pint of blackberries
  • 1/4 medium purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of strawberries, stems removed and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions:
  1. Wash spinach and pat dry.  Add to a large serving bowl with blackberries, strawberries and red onion.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, crushed garlic, maple syrup and sea salt.  This dressing can be made in advance for even more flavor.
  3. Add dressing to salad and toss to combine.  This recipe makes more than enough dressing, so add to your taste preference.
  4. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve!

Sarah

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12 Comments under :: The Super Foodie :: Spinach Blackberry Salad
  1. Look refreshing and delicious..and I have almost all of the ingredients! Thank you,

  2. Adding Sarah to my reader right now! I’ve been adding lots of berries and apples and the like to my salads to hold onto the summer months. Making this today. And love the addition of maple syrup!

  3. The photos alone are mouth watering!

  4. Cannot express my excitement at having you on the team Sarah – your talent and amazing visual eye are such a welcome addition, and a series that helps us eat even more deliciously and nutritiously? Perfection.

  5. DRAMA says:

    Wow! These looks so fresh and tasty =)
    http://aboutdrama.blogspot.ru/

  6. Looks delicious and healthy. I can not get enough of eating summer salads right now.

  7. Alison says:

    Love it! Looks beautiful & delicious:)!

  8. Suzanne says:

    I love how easy this salad was to make. I took it to a dinner party and everyone LOVED it!

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