Soups & Salads | July 6, 2018

Nuts About Berries Salad

We are HUGE fans of Zupas Cafe in Utah. This was like the mecca for the perfect soup, salad, and sandwich place. We always grab their Nuts About Berries salad and this Wisconsin Cauliflower soup. Since we live quite far from the actual restaurant then we make copycats at home, of course.  Make them together and your belly will be so happy.

nuts and berries salad with dressing

Let’s break down this salad.

nuts and berries salad with dressing

Nuts about Berries Salad

There are three main components added to the salad to make the ever popular nuts about berries salad.

  1. Candied pecans
  2. Fresh berries
  3. Poppyseed dressing

nuts and berries salad ingredients

Here’s how you make each one. They’re all easy and quick- and totally worth all the effort.

How to make Candied Pecans

Simply melt a little bit of sugar + pecans over the stove top in a small fry pan once the sugar is melted toss everything together and lay out on parchment paper to cool. Tip: Don’t Let the pan or the sugars cook to hot or long. As soon as the sugar is dissolved remove from heat. If pecans are not completely coated in sugar you can keep tossing them in the pan off the stove top.

candied pecans in a bowl

 Fresh Berries

So easy- wash, chop, toss. use any and all your favorite berries. Tip: This salad can be made year round but is epescally good during the summer months with the berries are in season!

fresh fruit
Poppyseed Vinaigrette Dressing


This poppyseed vinaigrette dressing is a classic that goes with any fruity salad. Add some chicken, avocado, exchange blackberries for raspberries, whatever you want! Yo’ll basically want to drink this stuff.

nuts and berries salad with dressing

How to make the poppyseed dressing? Throw all the ingredients into a blender and you get a beautiful pink topping!

nuts and berries salad dressing in a blender

The sweet, cinnamon crunchy almonds balance out the tangy dressing and juicy berries. Mix up the lettuce: romaine, spinach, field greens, or all of the above! They’re all perfect.

nuts and berries salad with dressing

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5 from 3 votes
Nuts About Berries Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Light, fresh and healthy nuts about berries salad

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berries, salad
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 285 kcal
Author: Stephanie
Poppyseed Vinaigrette
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar apple cider or white distilled work as well
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 Tablespoon poppyseeds
Cinnamon-Sugared Almonds
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Berry Salad
  • romaine spinach, and/or field greens
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  1. Place all vinaigrette ingredients in food processor and process until smooth. Chill.
  2. Place all cinnamon-sugared almonds ingredients in small frying pan on medium heat. Once sugar begins to melt, store continuously until sugar has completely melted and adhered to almonds. Remove almonds and set on plate to cool.
  3. Assemble lettuce and fruit in serving bowl or plates. Top with almonds and dressing. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Dressing will keep in the fridge for a couple weeks, shake well to mix before serving. It makes a decent amount, you may want to halve the recipe unless you plan on eating a lot of salad!

Nutrition Facts
Nuts About Berries Salad
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 294mg13%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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nuts and berries salad pin

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved this dressing!! Tasted identical to Zupas dressing. I did not add the onion and doubled the sugar.