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Bright Berry Salad – The Perfect Breakfast Salad Recipe

breakfast berry salad

Berries are my jam. They’re antioxidant superstars and are low in sugar while totally hitting the spot when I get a sweet tooth. If you’re a berry lover too then this berry salad is for you. Take a bunch of fresh seasonal berries, top them with some naturally sweet n’ tangy plants and finish them off with a little crunch. Voila! You’ve got a rawkstar breakfast berry fruit salad to share (or not!).

I love bringing fresh fruit to the party, potluck or dinner. This berry salad elevates the fresh fruit offering to a gorgeously yummy dish. It’s super simple to make, so grab those berries and let’s get started!

ingredients for berry fruit salad

Breakfast Fruit Salad Recipe

Make sure to wash and dry all the fruit before adding it to your bowl. You can either keep all the berries whole or slice the strawberries, your choice. Add a pink or yellow grapefruit that’s been peeled and segmentedagain keeping the slices whole or chopping them in half.

After you drizzle the orange juice and maple syrup over the fruit, very gently mix it all together. You don’t want to smash the berries yet you do want to distribute the ‘dressing’ evenly.

I love the addition of mint yet if it’s not your favorite flavor then omit it. Sprinkle the sliced ​​almonds and your gorgeous berry salad is ready to enjoy.

Antioxidant Feast

If you aren’t already convinced that berries are the best, read on:

  • Though berries are known for their sweetness, they are typically low in sugar and can help control blood sugar.
  • Berries are especially high in fiber, which many Americans are lacking.
  • Benefit from all the anti-inflammatory properties when you include berries in your diet.

Enjoy the deliciousness that comes from berries along with incredible health benefits designed to help you live your best life.

fresh fruit + mint for an easy recipe

Easy Ingredient Swaps

I chose berries that are fresh at the same time in Central Florida. Feel free to swap out any of these with berries that are local and seasonal for you. Don’t forget to tag @SimpleGreenSmoothies so I can see your incredible creations!

If nut-free is what you need, then swap out the almonds with hemp hearts to keep the nutty flavor and crunch. Coconut flakes also pair well with this fruity concoction in place of almonds.

Honey can replace maple syrup, or omit altogether to keep this lower in natural sugar.

Berry Salad FAQs

How long will this berry salad stay fresh?

Try to make it and eat it the same day so all the fruit is fresh. If you wash and dry the berries well before mixing together, this salad can be made in the morning, then refrigerated until ready to enjoy.

What fruits pair well with berries?

I added grapefruit and fresh-squeezed orange juice to my bowl of berries to balance out the sweetness and add a bit more color.

Which berries are best for a berry fruit salad?

Honestly, choose local, seasonally fresh berries for your salad. These might change depending on your location and that’s fine! I follow EWG’s Dirty Dozen when choosing which organic produce to buy.

plant based breakfast recipes

More Breakfast Recipes

If you’re looking for an entire breakfast spread made with mostly plants, then I’ve got some great recipes for you to add to your menu:

Berry Salad

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This is the perfect dish to bring to Sunday brunch. I try to enjoy all the fresh berries I possibly can while they’re here, and this salad brings them alive.

Total Time5 minutes

Servings2

Ingredients

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 1 grapefruit (peeled and segmented)
  • 3 . orange (juiced)
  • 1 . maple syrup
  • ¼ cup mint (fresh)
  • ¼ cup almonds (sliced)

Instructions

  • In a serving bowl, combine the berries and grapefruit.

  • Drizzle the orange juice and maple syrup on top.

  • Sprinkle with the mint and almonds.

Notes

  • If this won’t be served right away, squeeze fresh lemon juice over top and store in the fridge with an air-tight lid.
  • Swap grapefruit with an orange.
  • Swap maple syrup with honey (turns this vegan dish into a vegetarian one).
  • To make this nut-free, swap almonds with hemp hearts or sunflower seeds.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 262kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 43g (14%) Protein: 7g (14%) Fat: 10g (15th%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monnounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 4mg Potassium: 581mg (17%) Fiber: 11g (46%) Sugar: 26g (29%) Vitamin A: 1872IU (37%) Vitamin C: 94mg (114%) Calcium: 135mg (14%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Cider

Along Came a Cider: Cider Review: Wild State’s Triple Berry

I always greet November with both sighs and smiles. No upcoming holiday can hold a candle to Halloween and all the spooky fun it entails, plus this is frequently the month when the weather around here goes from being cute and quaint to rather more glum. To the contrary, November is my birthday month. This year is a big one. And pairing ciders for the Thanksgiving holiday feast is always a treat, but it’s still a bit early to get excited for that.

Today’s cider is my second sip from Wild State cider. I chose it to go with my last Halloween hurrah: a double-feature of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Snoop and Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween.” We stayed in, hoping for trick-or-treaters, but alas we got none. Still, we enjoyed some candy, and I wanted a fruity cider as accompaniment. Voila!

I started with the semi-dry recently. You’ll find more background info on the company there: http://alongcameacider.blogspot.com/2021/10/cider-review-wild-state-ciders-semi-dry.html

You can also visit Wild State online and learn lots more there: https://www.wildstatecider.com/ciders

Here’s what Wild State says about the Triple Berry.

“This blend of fresh locally sourced berries is the ultimate drinks in refreshing, sunny. A perfectly balanced fruit forward semi-dry to sip all summer and beyond

Triple Berry was crafted with fresh blueberries and raspberries from Blue Vista Farm in Bayfield, WI and strawberries from Uffda Organics in Wrenshall, MN.”

The cider is listed at 6.3% ABV and does not describe what apples go into this blend.

Appearance: brilliant, watermelon pink, few visible bubbles

This is such a fun color. I love how the Triple berry looks fresh, ripe and fun.the color reminds me of watermelon. I wish I was taking the pictures with natural light, but drinking cider at 7pm these days is just dark! The cider is brilliant with very few visible bubbles.

Aromas: ripe apple, raspberry, and strawberry

The Triple Berry smells like ripe apple, raspberry and strawberry. I appreciate how strong the berry notes are. What I’m getting makes me think of the fresh soft texture of berries.

Sweetness/dryness: Semi-dry

While the Triple Berry is semi dry rather than semi-sweet, it is on the sweeter and fruitier side of semi-dry. The sweetness that’s here comes across as very jammy berry sweetness.

Flavors and drinking experience: high acid, blueberry, lots of fruit, low bubble, tannic

The Triple Berry cider brings high acid as a first taste impression. I also notice how the cider’s crisp and tannic qualities are pleasantly contrasted by just a bit of jammy sweetness. The whole package is fun! In terms of texture the cider sparkles at a medium low level and has medium mouthfeel.

I tried it from my glass and from the can to see what would change. I can taste more blueberry notes from the can whereas raspberry and strawberry dominate from the glass. The cider makes a great pairing with milk chocolate candy like: Cookies and Cream Twix, Peanut Brownie Snickers, and Miniature Reese’s Cups. While these are not foods I pair with cider regularly, I appreciate having something light, tarty and fruity with the creamy mildness of milk chocolate.