When the beach season opens up, all of a sudden it feels too heavy to eat a big lunch or have a hearty bowl of soup for dinner. With the change of weather to a warmer season, we have lots of fresh fruit and veggies in the market. Light salads, fresh fruit sorbets and refreshing drinks become the chosen ones.
Then, comes the colours. The most colourful salads are the ones that we go in for first. Then there is a bit of fruit that brings in a burst of sweetness while having the greens. This makes the salad combo eye-pleasing too, rather than a bunch of spinach on your plate.
When you browse through my section of salads, I am sure you will notice that many of them do carry some fruit or berry in it. I find these salads more appetising with a bit of sweetness and tart berry flavours through them.
This mulberry salad
Mulberry season going on and leaving us with purple-stained fingers and streaks of juice from the squished mulberries on our clothes. Foraging is the best way to get these gorgeous berries, fresh and straight from the tree. We have been pretty lucky with a couple of places that we could find them this year. Here is one of the locations we found these gorgeous berries.
Koalas and farm resort stay – Coraki, NSW
With the freshest juiciest berries here is a simple salad. I absolutely adore the colours of the peppers and the spinach with the mulberries creating a rainbow on the plate. The salad dressing is in fact a very simple Italian dressing. The same is used in the carrot and bell peppers salad made as an earlier post. This salad also tastes amazing with zero oil, lemon, juice, salt and pepper dressing.
No mulberries, no worries!
If you can’t get any mulberries, for this spinach mulberry salad recipe, what works well works is some strawberries or grapes. The more colours of peppers you have the better. I refrain from adding tomatoes to this salad as it takes away the flavour of the mulberries. Avoiding nuts, chuck in some roasted chickpeas or toasted quinoa for the crunch. ( check this link on how to toast quinoa perfectly)
That’s good for now, let’s get you on with the recipe.
Spinach, peppers and mulberry salad
- 3 cups Spinach use baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup mulberry
- 1 large red bell pepper
- 1 large yellow bell pepper
- 1/2 cup Assorted nuts
- 3 tbsp italian dressing use a bit more ifyou prefer so
- salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
- Wash and set the spinach to drain well.
- Clean the mulberries. Remove the stack of the mulberries and cut the big ones in halves.
- Wash and core the bell peppers and slice them thinly.
- Prepare the Italian dressing ( check the link above in the post for the recipe).
- In a mixing bowl toss in the peppers, spinach, mulberries and nuts.
- Pour the dressing, the crushed peppers and sprinkle a bit of salt and toss all well together.
- Serve immediately as the mulberries tend to bleed if kept for long in the dressing.
We have a few more interesting mulberries ideas for you to test out.
Spinach mulberry smoothie– this is another summer-perfect recipe that can be with frozen berries or fresh.
Breakfast parfait with yogurt and stewed mulberries- Don’t give up on your healthy eating goals. have these in the morning.
Yogurt mulberry cake-Share a picnic with your friends with this delicious soft cake.
Mulberry crisp- As the weather cools down try out the warmth of the mulberries with a berry crisp.
This summer, get good with the sun, eat a lot of colours in your diet and stay safe. At the beach don’t forget to keep your distance and pack this salad in your cooler box with some refreshing Passionfruit Caipifruta. See you another day.
Ingridients are Mixing Differently in Salad. Nuts With Spinach and Mulberries. Nice Recipe. Thank You for Sharing this Tasty and Healthy Food recipe !!
Veena, I am so glad you like the recipe. Yes, it is different from the regular salad recipes and super tasty.
What a delicious looking salad. I love fruit in salads, but I have never had mulberries in one before.
I love fruits in salads too. Mulberries are really tasty in most salads as they have a slight sourness along with the sweetness that makes them pop as you have them.
This salad is such a bomb! The flavor, the look, just PERFECT. Thank you so much for sharing this.
Maria, I am so glad you have some mulberries to try this salad. Thankyou.
I’ve actually never used mulberries in a salad before, but your recipe looks so delicious you’ve inspired me to give it a try! Can’t wait to make this recipe this weekend!
Anjali, You are missing a trat if you have not had mulberries. I adore them and can wait for the season to start.
This looks so bright and colourful! I will have to keep my eyes open for mulberries 🙂
It is one of the best berries you ever can try. I love them.
I need to find some mulberries now, this looks so fresh and delicious – perfect for lunch!
Try early summer as they are such a tender fruit. look for the trail of stain and I am sure you will find some.
I am loving this salad, the only thing is I don’t find mulberries here. I wish I can lay my hands on a few soon, a lovely salad anytime.
Usually, early summer is a good time to find some mulberries in India. If not you can try with some berries that you have at hand too. Not exactly the same tastewise, yet almost.
Seema I love spinach in my salad more than kale. While I’ll have to wait to get mulberries, had some blackberries and used your idea to make a hearty, colourful and filling salad. Hubby was so happy with the assorted nuts I used.
Black berries work perfectly in the recipe. I love the crunch of nuts and the softness of spinach in salads.
This salad looks so light and refreshing. Love the addition of mulberry and nuts . This salad is absolutely irresistible.
This salad is something that I need for this summer. Light yet refreshing with all the berries and nuts . I have not seen mulberries here but deftly strawberry can be added.
what a riot of colours, textures and flavours this spinach mulberry salad provides, seema ! awesome take for the summer. akkaraikku ikkarai pachai, my little one craves for fresh berries where there are none, and would be so glad to dig into a bowl of salad like this !
what an amazing fresh dish… we really need a healthy diet in these days… what a lovely salad plate… thank you for sharing…