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Berry Salad with Orange Honey Dressing

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Ingredients

6 cups sliced strawberries
3 cups blueberries
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
pinch salt

Berry Salad with Orange Honey Dressing

  • Serves 12
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Do you really need a recipe for salads? I think so. Salad dressings should really be finely tuned for best flavor. You don’t want a dressing to overwhelm a salad; it should bring out the flavor of the ingredients but not overwhelm them. It’s easy to make a salad dressing that is too tart or too oily if you aren’t measuring precisely.

Having said that, feel free to substitute lime juice or lemon juice or even apple cider vinegar for the orange juice in this dressing recipe. You may want to add more honey or even a pinch of sugar if you use fruit juice that is very tart, but that’s up to you. Always taste a dressing before you add it to a salad. You can’t go back once it’s drizzled over the greens, fruit, or veggies.

And when a salad includes just two main ingredients, like this one, the fruit must be of top quality. (Of course, you can add more berries; try raspberries or blackberries!) Never try to pass off berries that aren’t perfect in a recipe like this one. The dressing will make the fruit soften a bit, so they should be tender but firm to begin with.

Enjoy this wonderful recipe any time of the year.

Why this recipe works:

  • The type of dressing used on a simple salad like that is crucial. Don’t use a dressing heavy on the oil or with a lot of creamy ingredients such as mayonnaise or sour cream.
  • Make sure that you use the best fruits you can find. A good dressing won’t overcome fruit that is unripe, too ripe, or damaged.
  • It’s better to use fewer fruits if some aren’t of good quality.

Steps

1
Done

Put the fruit into a large pretty bowl.

2
Done

In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, oil, honey, thyme, and salt and mix with a wire whisk until blended. Pour over the fruit and gently toss. You want to have everything combined and coated with the dressing, but if you mix too vigorously you could break up the fruit.

3
Done

You can serve this salad immediately or cover it and refrigerate up to 2 hours before serving. Store any leftovers, covered, in the fridge.

lindaBest

lindaBest

Linda is a home economist who has authored 46 books (45 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005. She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

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