Berry Basil Salad

It’s Memorial Day weekend!! Marc has today and tomorrow off so he is one happy camper, as am I that he will be home. So far the weather has been sunny but we are supposed to get huge amounts of rain to dampen all the fun tomorrow. I went and made a festive, refreshing berry basil salad anyway for the weekend to keep away the rainy blues! It came together in minutes.

The strawberries were looking so gorgeous at the market, which was partly why I ended up making this berry basil salad! I hulled them and quartered them to get them perfectly bite sized. Then I just stirred them with lots of blueberries and fresh basil.
The strawberries were looking so gorgeous at the market, which was partly why I ended up making this salad! I hulled them and quartered them to get them perfectly bite sized. Then I just stirred them with lots of blueberries and fresh basil.
I made an incredible and super simple lemon poppy seed dressing to toss with the berry basil salad. I whisked lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, salt and ground mustard together as a base. Stay with me on the ground mustard. It kept it from becoming cloying! Then I whisked in canola oil to bring it together and then the poppy seeds. It was fast and so perfect!
I made an incredible and super simple lemon poppy seed dressing to toss with the berries. I whisked lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, salt and ground mustard together as a base. Stay with me on the ground mustard. It kept it from becoming cloying! Then I whisked in canola oil to bring it together and the poppy seeds. It was fast and so perfect!

Once it was all tossed together I let the salad chill for a couple of hours. It could also have been made the night before. The longer it sat, the more juices were drawn out and it almost became this flavorful chilled fruit soup. It was so refreshing on these hot days we’ve been having! I loved that it was sweet but the basil gave it an earthy element. It was the perfect Memorial Day weekend salad/soup. Hope you all enjoy! xoxo

Berry Basil Salad
Berry Basil Salad
5 from 1 vote
Berry Basil Salad
Berry Basil Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This berry basil salad is so refreshing, flavorful and bright with a sweet lemon poppyseed dressing. It's perfect for Memorial Day weekend!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Berry Basil Salad, Fruit Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 405 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil coarsely chopped
  • 1 whole lemon zested and juiced
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Combine the strawberries, blueberries and basil in a large bowl and give them a good stir. Then whisk the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, ground mustard and salt together in another bowl. While you keep whisking, slowly pour in the canola oil and continue to whisk until it is a thick dressing. Lastly, whisk in the poppy seeds. Coat the berries and basil in the dressing. Chill for a couple of hours or overnight and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Berry Basil Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 254
% Daily Value*
Fat 28.2g43%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 150mg7%
Potassium 279mg8%
Carbohydrates 41.5g14%
Fiber 5.2g22%
Sugar 32.5g36%
Protein 1.8g4%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Berry Basil Salad
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