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my favorite quick, go-to salad


You know that feeling you get when you’ve been asked to bring something to a dinner or barbecue or picnic or potluck … and then you sort of forget until just before it’s time to go? Or maybe it’s just me – ha!

I actually quite enjoy whipping up something in the kitchen and trying new things (even though I don’t devote nearly enough time to that as I would like). But in all honesty, I am a super simple girl in the kitchen. I’m a fan of fast and easy and convenient. And for those reasons – this is my favorite go-to salad that I can pull together in a snap, even if it’s just before we head out the door with a commitment to bring a salad.

I thought this would be a good time to share this because chances are, you’re either planning a get-together or attending one soon – and that means FOOD. Here’s one way to pack some great ingredients into an easy salad that even has some red & blue for America’s upcoming Independence Day. But really … holiday or not, this is just a great salad anytime of year. We have it year-round at our house.



  • Mixed greens
  • Poppyseed dressing (we love Brianna’s brand)
  • Strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • Blueberries
  • Apples, diced
  • Slivered almonds (note: candied pecans are a pretty divine substitute)
  • Other favorites like quartered cucumber, Craisins, etc. are great additions as well

Really, this is just as simple as mixing everything together. My preference is to mix the salad in just a regular mixing bowl and then transferring it to the “pretty” bowl at the very end for a polished presentation. Step one? Get those mixed greens into the mixing bowl.


Cut the apples into chunks. And the strawberries. Add these and the blueberries to the salad.




Toss everything together in the bowl.


Add the dressing just before serving. Transfer to the pretty bowl.


Assuming there are no nut allergies, sprinkle those on top. Not sure? Keep them in a little bowl near the salad so people can add almonds if they want.



If you’re new to my blog / website, you may not know that we have a Freebies section that is loaded with already-designed, ready-to-print recipe cards. This salad is one of those.



This post is part of a weekly blog series called At Home with Becky. Each Wednesday, I share a little something from home – routines, organization, traditions, decor, etc. If you are interested in seeing all of these posts in one place, just click on that turquoise button at the top of my blog that says At Home with Becky.


21 Responses

  1. Carly says:

    Looks delicious! Did you know that if you soak the apple pieces in a bowl of lemon juice for just a few minutes before throwing them in your salad,then they won’t turn brown? You really can’t even taste the lemon juice on them either. A little tip if you want to make the salad in advance and it’s going to be sitting for a bit.

  2. Lisa G. says:

    Looks delicious! I think it would be good as a meal with some grilled chicken on top :)

  3. Maureen Van Dusky says:

    Love this and have made similar, but HAVE to add cheese!!!
    I would usually do a bit of feta since the salty would balance some of the sweet in the fruit and the craisins. But my supermarket (Dierbergs in St Louis, pretty local to our area) had fresh mozzarella in what they called mini pearls which is basically about 50 tiny little round balls about the diameter of a dime in a package by I believe BeliGiose. Really good and easy since fresh mozzarella doesn’t really crumble or lend itself to being tossed in a large salad.
    My sister is a chef and always reminds me when I precut apples even an hour before serving, I need to toss them in a bit of lemon juice so they don’t start to turn brown. I love that tip, too!
    Thanks for sharing and reminding me to make a salad!!!

  4. Susan says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Thank you SO much for all you share with us!!

  5. Stacey Stephens says:

    This looks great! Would you mind telling me about how many strawberries, blueberries and apples you put in this? I get nervous when there are no measurements. :)


  6. Yum! Just perfect :)

  7. I picked up some of that poopy seed dressing today. It is so yum. Thanks for sharing! :)

  8. Juliefi says:

    Becky, I love your backsplash!! Can you tell me where you got it and color? Thanks!

  9. dawn says:

    Thanks Becky for another fun share, looks so GOOD!! I am not one of those girls who love bringing a dish to parties, even if it’s making something I know how to and like. You look so pretty in the picture, love your hair this way. Thanks again for sharing, will add this to my summer salad list.

  10. Lindsay says:

    I made this salad this weekend for when my girlfriends came over! Everyone loved it! It was a delicious summer salad! Thanks so much for sharing I love salads that are easy to throw together.

  11. Weatherly says:

    We love Brianna’s poppyseed dressing too and make a similar salad but add goat cheese! I got the recipe from a cousin in California two years ago and have been making it ever since. Go yum!

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