Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad

Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad

If you want to see me smile, just whip up a Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad!

It’s fresh and beautiful with roasted walnuts, fresh raspberries, healthy spinach, and romaine.  Best of all it’s drizzled with the most divine Creamy Raspberry Dressing.

This is my sister-in-law, Theresa’s, signature salad.  She brought it to a family picnic at a San Diego park in January and reminded me of how much I enjoy it.

It’s unbelievable that we can buy fresh raspberries all year.  I knew it would be a great salad to share with you as we celebrate Spring!

 

 

 

 

“For happy health, fuel yourself with dreams and greens.” ~ Terri Guillemets

You'll smile over a delicious Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad with a divine Creamy Raspberry Dressing!

Berry Pinable!

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Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad

I like to make my Creamy Raspberry Dressing early in the day so it has plenty of time to chill in the refrigerator.  You can also prepare the greens, wash and chill the berries, and toast the walnuts, all ahead of time.  Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad is ideal for entertaining.

  • Begin by washing and draining the raspberries in a large colander.  Let them dry on a clean towel.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Arrange walnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, checking frequently.
  • While the walnuts are roasting, slice up the red onion, wash and spin the spinach and romaine, and crumble the feta.

Creamy Raspberry Dressing

  • Combine the white wine vinegar, honey (or I like liquid stevia), garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and berries in the jar of a blender.  Process until smooth and then with the blender running, add the oil in a steady stream.
  • Add the mayonnaise and chill for at least 1 hour.
Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad | cheerykitchen.com
Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad | cheerykitchen.com
Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad | cheerykitchen.com
Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad | cheerykitchen.com
Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad | cheerykitchen.com
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Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad
 
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Fresh and fabulous, Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad, is perfect for potlucks, picnics, or barbecues. The Creamy Raspberry Dressing is amazing too!
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad
  • 4 cups of baby spinach
  • 4 cups of romaine, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup of walnuts, roasted and chopped
  • ½ red onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Creamy Raspberry Dressing
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup honey, sugar or the equivalent of stevia
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons of grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracker black pepper
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonaise
Instructions
Raspberry Walnut Spinach Salad
  1. Wash and drain the raspberries in a large colander. Allow them to dry on a clean towel.
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚degrees. Arrange walnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake 8-10 minutes, watching carefully.
  3. While the walnuts are roasting, slice up the red onion, wash and spin the spinach and romaine, and crumble the feta cheese.
Creamy Raspberry Dressing
  1. Combine the white wine vinegar, honey, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and berries in the jar of a blender. Process until smooth and then with the motor running add the oil in a steady stream. Add the mayonnaise and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Notes
I like to make my Creamy Raspberry Dressing early in the day so it has plenty of time to chill.


To roast walnuts:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange walnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, checking frequently.

Do you have a spectacular Spring salad you make?  Please let us know in the comments below and thanks for sharing!

About The Author

Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 22 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

44 Comments

  1. Amy Scott

    I love fruits in salad, makes them so Summery! Great recipe!

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    • Renée

      Thanks so much Amy!

      Reply
  2. Trish Delgado

    This looks like a light and refreshing spring salad. I love that you gave me an option to sub the honey for liquid stevia because that would make this low carb acceptable. I’ll be pinning this recipe. Should I use enough liquid stevia to replace a 1/2 cup of sugar since I don’t think there is a honey conversion on my bottle.

    Reply
    • Renée

      Yes Trish, keep in mind though that the berries naturally sweeten this dressing some. Stevia is so sweet, I add a little, then add more if it’s needed. I use liquid stevia for almost all my dressings, syrups, to sweeten beverages, etc. Thanks for your good question!

      Reply
  3. Marge Gavan

    I’ve never tried a salad with raspberry before so this looks quite interesting to me. Also, it looks beautiful, I love the red with the greens. Looks like it’d be great for someone who is trying to live with a healthy diet like me. I am going to try this, thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    • Renée

      Thank you Marge. I hope you find the raspberries a refreshing delight in your salad!

      Reply
  4. Jessica

    I love all the ingredients and the presentation – perfect mix of hue. I am not a big fan of salad but I’ve been trying to love it as it looks easy to make. Might as well pin this post and will definitely try one of these days

    Reply
    • Renée

      Thanks for pinning Jessica. Here’s hoping we can help your appreciation for salads increase!

      Reply
  5. ROBERT LEE

    This works for me, while I prefer my salads to be really simple, often if I buy my own, I pick only one or two veges plus balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It’s not that I am choosy but I really have limited knowledge or ideas on food creation so you could imagine what I will be doing in a little while as I happen to be sitting in a coffee shop near the grocery I frequent!

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    • Renée

      Sounds delicious to me, Robert!

      Reply
  6. kareenliez

    Oh my! This is so yummy! I love salads but I like the one with fruits better. I haven’t tried one like this but I would definitely give this one a try! I like your blog with all the yummy recipes!

    Reply
    • Renée

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  7. berlin maynigo

    Your raspberry walnut salad looks so enticing to eat. I love salad before my main course. I love them more if with walnuts and the vegetables are just so green and fresh. Sadly, fresh berries here in our country are something not readily availble in most groceries,

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    • Renée

      I glad you enjoy salads Berlin. Be watching for more, hopefully with other ingredients that are more readily available to you. Thanks for your comment.

      Reply
  8. Kylie

    Gosh! Such a well presented and photographed dish! Raspberries are my favourite fruit and this salad literally made me salivate… in the morning, which never happens! When the raspberries come in season, I am definitely going to prepare it. I’m going to include a creamy goat’s cheese instead of the feta and include some avocado!

    I also adore the presentation of this dish. The pink hues from the napkins were a perfect choice in props! 🙂

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  9. Valerie Robinson

    This looks so fresh and delicious! Will be trying!

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    • Renée

      When you do make it Valerie, please come back and rate our recipe, thanks!!!
      Renée recently posted…Grilled Mojo ChickenMy Profile

      Reply
  10. tp keane

    Fabulous and so heart healthy too. I love this recipe and will def have it on the table tonight.

    Reply
    • Renée

      Thank you and enjoy!!!!!

      Reply
  11. Klaudia

    Hi ladies , I am back for more of your “yummie stuff” , I am cruising through a lot of food blogs quiet regularly , but without being a ‘apple-polisher’ , your blog is absolutely my favourite one ! I am sharing this delicious looking salad recipe , I am sure , my FB girls will be grateful for another inspiration from Cheery Kitchen !

    Reply
    • Renée

      You made our day. Thanks so much for sharing the love!

      Reply
    • Renée

      Cai, you will never be the same! Come back and share your outcome please.

      Reply
  12. Mallory Bacon

    Yum!! I am a salad-fiend. If only the rest of my family was as well! Hah. But I may have to whip this up for lunch one of these days. We’re in Chicago, so warmer weather is finally coming aka I will go into total salad mode!

    Reply
    • Renée

      So glad to hear that Mallory, we are loving salads and warmer weather too!

      Reply
  13. Andrea

    Maybe something like this could be what gets me to like raspberries (I do like strawberries a little bit, though 😀 )

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    • Renée

      Oh they are delicate and lovely in this salad Andrea. I truly hope you will enjoy the berries!
      Renée recently posted…Grilled Mojo ChickenMy Profile

      Reply
  14. Sabine

    Ohhhh! I love this salad so much. It looks so fresh and health! This is a keeper. Perfect for the summer too! I’m going to try this one too! I love all your recipes but this one is a winner!

    Reply
  15. Kiwi

    This looks delicious! I know people put strawberries in their salads but never raspberries…thats different.

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    • Renée

      It is different and one of our very favorites. You’ll love the dressing too!!!
      Renée recently posted…Grilled Mojo ChickenMy Profile

      Reply
  16. suchi

    THIS SOUNDS DELISH AND PERFECT FOR SUMMER! Can’t wait to try and your pics are always a delight!

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  17. Roxy

    This looks so tasty!! It would be perfect once the weather warms up a bit more!

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  18. Clair Kelly

    This looks very interesting… I like raspberries and I like spinach, but I would never think of putting them together. I suppose as they say, the proof is in the eating!!!

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    • Renée

      You’re right Clair, we think it’s a winning combination. Rate our recipe after you try it. It really helps us to know if you like it, thanks!
      Renée recently posted…Grilled Mojo ChickenMy Profile

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  19. Luana

    Yum! I love fruits and veggies in salads! This recipe looks easy and great! Totally a must-doit-now! Thank u for sharing!

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    • Alison

      I love fruit in my salads, too, Luana! You definitely need to try it!

      Reply
  20. Idaintyit

    I don’t think I have ever had fruit in a salad other than apple (only at the post restaurants). I don’t tend to eat much salad unless it is on the side with my meal but this looks really interesting adding a bit of sweetness to it. I will be trying it this summer

    Reply
  21. Elizabeth O

    What a terrific combination of sweet and savory ingredients. I love salads and have made them a daily staple for lunch. I’ll try your recipe soon. Yum!

    Reply
  22. BRandie

    That looks light and refreshing! A perfect lunch, with some garlic bread or a soup. I would use agave and vegenaise instead of the honey and reg mayo. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Reply
    • Alison

      It definitely is so refreshing and perfect for lunch! I am glad you like it!

      Reply

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