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Spinach Berry Salad with Brown Sugar Almonds and Lemon Dressing

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Spinach berry salad with lemon dressing…it seems so simple but then when you get that perfect bite with spinach, berry, and brown sugar almonds, a light lemon dressing, good mercy!
Remember that one time when spinach salad was healthy? Well we now it has brown sugar almonds and a sweet dressing full of sugar to ruin it for ya. Ha! Actually it’s still healthier than let’s say a Caesar salad, but you get the point.
Seriously, we looooove this salad. My cousin, Robyn brought it to a family get together and days later we were still talking about it. We had it for dinner one night and had the leftovers for lunch the next day. Sweet deliciousness!! I love a good salad recipe. Especially during the summer when you just want something light to eat or a good idea to take to a BBQ or potluck.
A photo of a large ceramic white bowl full of spinach berry salad topped with brown sugar almonds and blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
We honestly are obsessed with the dressing. I’ve never felt this way about salad dressing before and although I do feel guilty about the amount of sugar that goes into it I still won’t give it up. Like, ever. I’ll eat salad every single day just to drizzle this dressing over it. And it’s so simple, lemons, a little oil and ginger, gobs of sugar (oops!), and pure gold. Ok, there’s no gold but it does end up tasting like liquid gold. In fact, maybe that should be it’s name!
And let’s not forget our crunchy little friends, brown sugar almonds. Goodness!! We usually use slivered almonds because they grab onto the brown sugar a little better, but we used slice above. Just try not to pick in them as they cool. If it wasn’t for all of the butter and sugar this would be my new snack. I could eat an entire bowl full! Try this salad. Tomorrow would be a good day 😉a photo of someone pouring lemon dressing on top of a spinach berry salad.

What Ingredients Go in Spinach Berry Salad?

This recipe can be broken down into three parts: the almonds, the dressing, and the salad. Here is what you will need:

Brown Sugar Almonds: sliced almonds (or slivered), butter, brown sugar, cinnamon

Dressing: lemon juice, oil, sugar, ginger, lemon zest

Salad: spinach, strawberries, mandarin oranges, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

How to Make Spinach Berry Salad

Brown Sugar Almonds

  1. Toast the almonds over medium heat in a sauce pan on the stove. Move them around a little while toasting. You want them to be browned slightly.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Keep cooking and stirring over medium heat until the brown sugar starts to bubble and stick tot he almonds.
  4. Remove the almonds from the heat and spread them out on parchment paper to cool.

a photo of a small white dish full of brown sugar sliced almonds.


  1. Pour all the ingredients into a glass jar and shake to combine.


  1. Combine the spinach, berries and oranges in a large bowl. Top with the almonds and then drizzle with the dressing.
  2. Toss everything together and serve immediately.

All of these instructions in greater detail can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Can Almonds Cause Allergies?

All tree nuts have the potential to cause an allergic reaction in some people.

These allergic reactions can range from a mild rash to severe breathing difficulties.

Are Almonds Good For You?

Almonds are pretty nutritious.

Almonds are high in fiber, unsaturated fats, protein, and calcium.

a photo of spinach berry salad in a large white ceramic bowl.

Can Spinach Be A Source Of Iron?

Both raw and cooked spinach are excellent sources of iron, containing twice as much as other leafy greens.

Spinach is also rich in protein, fiber, calcium, and vitamins A and E.

Variations on Spinach Berry Salad

Here are a few other toppings that you could add or substitute in this salad:

  • Red Onion
  • Feta
  • Pecans
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Goat Cheese


a photo of a large white ceramic bowl full of spinach berry salad with a bowl of brown sugar almonds next to it, a small salad plate with two forks crossing on it, a bottle of lemon dressing and a bowl full of fresh berries.

What to Eat with Spinach Berry Salad?

I mentioned at the beginning that I love this salad in the summer, so here are a few ideas for a main dish to go with it:


This is the brightest and best salad you will have all summer long! The lemon dressing is sent straight from heaven and the crunch of brown sugar almonds has me coming back for more over and over and over again! Spinach berry salad is on my menu for the week!

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Spinach Berry Salad with Lemon Dressing

4.34 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
I want to introduce you to this berry salad with lemon dressing. Hands down, this is our new favorite salad.


For the Brown Sugar Almonds

  • 1/2 Cup Almonds Slivered
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar or more
  • 1 teaspoons Cinnamon

For the Dressing

  • 1 Cup Lemon Juice use as much fresh as you can
  • 1/2 Cup Oil canola or vegetable
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ginger ground
  • 1/8 Cup Lemon Zest 2 tablespoons

For the Salad

  • 1 Bunch Spinach baby, washed
  • Strawberries sliced
  • 1 Can Mandarin Oranges drained, or blackberries


For the Almonds

  • Toast the almonds over medium heat, watching carefully so as to not burn until slightly browning. Make sure you move them around while toasting.
  • Add butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Continue to cook, stirring frequently until brown sugar begins to bubble and stick to the almonds.
  • Remove from heat and spread almonds on parchment paper to cool.

For the Dressing

  • Place the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine or place in a bowl and whisk together.

For the Salad

  • Combine the spinach, berries and oranges in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle desired amount of dressing over the salad, toss everything together in a bowl, top with almonds and serve immediately.


Use any fresh berries or stone fruit.
Should be eaten right away, salad does not store well.
Nutrition Facts
Spinach Berry Salad with Lemon Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 Cup)
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 397mg11%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 4288IU86%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. I will definitely make it again.

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    • Yay! Love to hear this Jennifer! Thank you so much for taking a moment to leave us some feedback!

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  • This is HEAVEN!!!! Oh my gosh this is so so good. It’s my new go to for lunch, I halved the dressing and use it as sparingly as I can(I try to refrain from drinking it) seriously this tastes like candy. Thank you for this. I tell myself it’s spinach and fruit so hopefully I can still manage to lose weight while eating it. If not at least I’m happy right haha.

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    • Haha, yeah fruit and veggies, it’s just fruit and veggies. 😉 Maybe if we both say that weight loss goals will be achieved. 🙂 xoxo

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  • What kind of oil do you use for the dressing?

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    • Hi Julie, just Canola 🙂

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  • Everything looks so look good I want to lick the screen can’t wait to try all these fun recipes love this site,THANKS

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    • haha, thanks Kim! That’s my favorite salad ever!

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  • I just found this on Pinterest and can’t wait to make it. I love spinach salad and this one looks so refreshing. You raved about the dressing and seeing what’s in it, I can see why. Sounds delicious!

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    • Thanks, Lauren! It really is so light and delicious!

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  • You got my kid to eat salad. Not just picking out the good parts either. He legitimately ate the entire bowl.

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    • YAY!!!! That’s always a huge test on if a recipe will be a keeper here at our house. I mean that dressing is full of sugar so that has to help a little. haha. MADE. MY. NIGHT! Thank you for coming back to tell me!!!

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  • i have to say that i did not like spinach until i had it in this salad at your house. when i get home this recipe is going in my box to use often!

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  • I love a good salad, this sounds just awesome 🙂

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  • Ok, I think even my picky kids would eat this . . . I'll try and see.

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