Berry Bliss Summer Salad

This Berry Bliss Summer Salad is loaded with juicy berries, mixed greens, crispy halloumi cheese and a honey dijon vinaigrette. It’s bright, vibrant and is the perfect Summer meal!

I feel like salads have a bad reputation. It just has a negative connotation that automatically makes people think that it’s bland, plain, healthy and doesn’t taste good. So many times I talk myself OUT of eating a salad because I feel like it’s not gonna be good. Like, why would I eat lettuce when I could have a big ol’ slice of pepperoni pizza or 5 tacos from the food truck down the street?

However, when I created this salad for the first time – I knew it was one that I actually was going to LOVE eating. It’s crunchy from the mixed greens and the almonds, super juicy thanks to the berries and has a nice balance of acidity from the homemade honey dijon vinaigrette. Oh, and it has halloumi. All of those textures combined truly make this salad a home run in my book.

berry bliss summer salad with crispy halloumi

Here’s what you can expect to find in this sunshine goodness:

  • bright and crunchy mixed greens
  • crispy fried cheese aka halloumi
  • juicy strawberries and blueberries
  • crunchy green onions
  • almonds for an extra protein boost
  • a delish honey dijon vinaigrette

Um, yes please.

Full disclosure: this is the second recipe this Summer that I have used halloumi in a recipe for the blog. The first was this Chipotle Chicken Soba Noodle recipe that’s out of this world. Halloumi is just amazing. It’s salty, crispy and delightful. Not to mention, it’s surprisingly high in protein. One ounce of this cheese delivers you 6 grams of protein! So I highly suggest if you’re looking for a diverse protein source aside from meat, check out this good good.

berry bliss summer salad with honey dresing

The delicious honey dijon vinaigrette is from another salad recipe I made a couple months ago. You can find the recipe for that here. It’s zippy, bright and feels like sunshine in a salad dressing. I do usually prefer creamy salad dressings (I’m talking about you, ranch!) but when my salad is loaded with fruit and veggies, I think a lighter vinaigrette goes perfect with it. It never overwhelms the flavor of the salad, it simply serves as an enhancement.

Y’all know that I have been seriously loving strawberries this season. They have been especially sweet, plump and juicy this year! I love mixing them into a savory salad. The balance of the sweetness is amazing. I also had some blueberries in my fridge and just knew that I wanted to add those in as well. I love how blueberries pop with sweetness in your mouth. If you’re interested in some more berry recipes, check out these Breakfast Sweet Potatoes or my absolute favorite Strawberry Coconut Crisp!

berry bliss summer salad mixed together

A few variations: You can substitute grilled chicken for the halloumi if you want some extra protein vibes. Don’t have strawberries or blueberries on hand? You can absolutely sub in blackberries or raspberries! Lastly, if you don’t have green onions, you can use red onions to add some extra crunch.

berry bliss summer salad with gold fork

Mixed all together – this salad is just a juicy sunshine-y perfect light Summer meal. I think it would be great with a warm baguette on the side sliced up and schmeared with butter. Y’all know I can’t go one meal without some type of carb, right? Enjoy!

Berry Bliss Summer Salad

This Berry Bliss Summer Salad is loaded with juicy berries, mixed greens, crispy halloumi cheese and a honey dijon vinaigrette. It’s bright, vibrant and is the perfect Summer meal!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword halloumi cheese, strawberry salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 413 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 oz. halloumi cheese
  • 1/3 cup green onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup honey dijon vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Place your mixed greens in a large bowl. Add in your strawberries, blueberries, almonds and green onions. Set aside. 

  2. Saute your halloumi in a non-stick skillet for 3-5 minutes, flipping halfway through. It will be golden brown and delicious! 

  3. Add the halloumi to the top of the salad, top it with the honey dijon vinaigrette. Enjoy! 

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