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…

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 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!

12 comments
  1. 1
    Angela - Saffron Ave | September 5, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Look refreshing and delicious..and I have almost all of the ingredients! Thank you,

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    • Sarah Yates | September 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Isn’t that the best when you have almost everything to make a recipe already in your cupboards/fridge! I love that! Thanks Angela!

      Reply
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    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} | September 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

    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!

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    • Sarah Yates | September 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Supal! I am with you, fruit in salads in SUCH a summer treat!

      Reply
  3. 3
    FripperyVintage | September 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

    The photos alone are mouth watering!

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    Camille Styles | September 5, 2013 at 11:31 am

    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.

    Reply
    • Sarah Yates | September 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Camille, I’m equally excited! It’s wonderful to be part of something I’ve so long admired! Thank you thank you! xx

      Reply
  5. 5
    DRAMA | September 7, 2013 at 1:51 am

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

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    whatisinmyworld | September 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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

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    Alison | January 27, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Love it! Looks beautiful & delicious:)!

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    Suzanne | June 2, 2014 at 10:34 pm

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

    Reply
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