Summer means sunny days and beaches for us, but also loads of fresh berries. And it doesn't hurt that they're so incredibly delicious yet healthy! We're constantly looking into incorporating more and more berries into our diet through new and innovative ways and this one has got to be our favorite way yet!
We have a little confession to make - we might have a slight berries addiction going. Whether it be in some granola bars or a yummy smoothie, berries are one of our favorite fruits. While studying to become holistic nutritionists, we've become more aware of what we're eating and, honestly, one thing we've realized is that most of the delicious things can be good for you - just remove all the processed junk from it!
We've decided on trying to incorporate more fresh produce into our diets for the next 30 days and so began the #30DaysOfSalads challenge! Each day, for a month, we'll be posting a new salad recipe for you to try everyday! All of them will be super easy yet dangerously delicious! This happens to be the second recipe we've post in our 30 Days of Salads series. We made Esquites last time which is basically the most perfect Mexican Corn Salad you'll ever have! Our goal is to have super easy recipes that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. This way you won't have an excuse to not include more veggies and fruits into your diet!
This recipe is an idea we both came up with while thinking of the a new and innovative way of having more berries - especially since they're in season right now (and did we love them?!). We're sure you've all heard of salsas (mostly tomato based) and even tried out different recipes. But this one is the different twist to the regular tomato salsa we've all grown to love.
This salad is perfect because of so many reasons. First of all, just look at those colors! It's not even funny how good this salad would look on the table during a dinner party. You don't have to strictly follow this recipe - that's basically the charm of it! You can totally remove one of the types of berries from it (IF you want) and it'll still taste great. In fact, the other day we tried a strawberry-only version of it (due to the lack of other berries available) and it was all finished in one sitting!
This was also one our favorite shoots. I do believe we both spend way too much time taking pictures of this salad because it looked SO good. And we took even less time eating the whole thing up! This salad is jam-packed with antioxidants. Since the glycemic index is low for berries, it is the perfect treat for all those who are diabetic too.
The combination of berries in the recipe gives it the perfect sweetness with a kick of heat from the jalapeños. It goes perfectly well with some nachos and is slowly becoming a movie night favorite! There's hardly any prep work to it. Just make sure the berries you get are fresh and it shouldn't be a problem since they're summer fruits!
To all berry lovers out there - this is definitely going to be your new favorite!
Fresh Summer Berry Salsa
This fresh berry salad is sure to be family favorite!
- ½ cup quartered strawberries
- ½ cup blueberries (whole)
- ½ cup raspberries (whole or halved)
- ½ cup blackberries (whole or halved)
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- ½ cup chopped cilantro (coriander)
- 1 jalapeno finely chopped
- juice of one lime
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Prepare all ingredients by cutting the strawberries into quarters, finely chopping the onions, jalapeños and cilantro.
- Toss all the berries together with onion and jalapeños.
- Pour lime juice on top and mix well
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
You can exclude any of the types of berries and customize it according to your own taste.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g
jalepeno and onion a perfect addition
The salad looks amazing and so summery, Aena and Arvin! Also love the flavors of onion and cilantro with the berries. I am planning to make this soon!