This luscious strawberry blueberry salad recipe is so simple, yet so beautiful. It is the perfect side dish to a beautiful brunch spread in the Summer months, and delicious served over yogurt, pancakes, ice cream, porridge, granola and more! My berry fruit salad is made using Summer berries and a few other easy to find ingredients.
The inspiration to create this recipe came from a family get-together, where a family friends created a gorgeous salad to serve as a healthy dessert. I don't remember exactly what went into it but I remember it was simple and it contained fresh berries and rose water. It was such a huge hit, particularly because a lot of people only feel like a light sweet treat after a big lunch or dinner and this delicious salad was perfect for that.
I love the delicate flavor of rose water, it goes so perfectly with the sweet berries.
This vibrant salad would be perfect served alongside my Almond Flour Crepes, with my Hemp Seed Granola as well as your favorite yogurt or over my Low Fodmap Pancakes. There are so many more great options in my breakfast section.
What's to Love This About Strawberry and Blueberry Fruit Salad
- allergy friendly - this recipe is completely dairy free, gluten free, nut free and egg free, so perfect for anyone with these allergies.
- minimal ingredients - using just a selection of fresh berries as well as pure maple syrup to sweeten and rose water, this salad is simple but beautiful.
- a healthy dessert - made using fresh strawberries and fresh blueberries and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup, this recipe is a great option for a healthy dessert or breakfast addition. Strawberries and blueberries are also a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Health Benefits of Berries
Apart from being really yummy, there are a lot more reasons why you should be including berries in your diet. Here are some of the most stand-out health benefits of berries.
- blackberries and blueberries are high in antioxidants like anthocyanins, which help to protect your body against the affects of oxidation and free radicals.
- berries are high in vitamin C, which is also an antioxidant and has a whole range of health benefits throughout the body, including being involved in the production of collagen and neurotransmitters in the brain.
- berries are a great source of dietary fiber, which promotes a healthy digestive system.
- most berries are low glycemic index, meaning they help to promote more stable blood sugar levels.
Mixed Berry Salad Ingredients Notes & Substitutions
This perfect Summer salad is made using just 6 fresh ingredients, whether you find them at the grocery store or at the farmer's market they are all easy to get your hands on (when berries are seasonal). Find the ingredients you will need below along with any notes and possible substitutions. Ingredient quantities can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- fresh strawberries - this fruit salad is flexible with the ingredients. If you have more strawberries then blueberries or can only get your hands on raspberries and not blackberries, that's totally fine. So long as you use similar amounts to what is specified in the recipe, you can swap them for any other of your favorite berries. I love using juicy strawberries that are really ripe and sweet.
- fresh blueberries - definitely don't use frozen berries in this recipe, fresh is definitely best here.
- fresh raspberries - I know I said that this is a strawberry and blueberry salad, but I love mixing in raspberries and blackberries as well if you can get your hands on them.
- fresh blackberries - blackberries aren't always available when the other berries are. I definitely find them a little harder to get my hands on, do you find that too? If they're not available then use more blueberries or strawberries. You can also use other fresh fruit like mango or peaches.
- fresh mint - this is optional to add in but adds that element of freshness and looks super pretty!
- pure maple syrup - I love using maple syrup for this recipe as it's so runny and easy to mix through the berries. Honey would be too sticky unfortunately.
- rose water - if you can't source it, then you can also use vanilla extract. I find a preservative free, natural rose water at my local health food store.
Not that this is by any means a boring salad, but if you do want to add a little something extra, you could also add additional toppings like:
- crunchy almonds (toasted, preferrably)
- toasted sunflower seeds
- shaved dark chocolate
How to Make Strawberry and Blueberry Salad
This beautiful Summer Berry Salad is perfect for Summer celebrations. Whether that's at your Memorial Day Weekend or Summer cookouts for my Northern Hemisphere friends, or Christmas, Mother's Day and Easter for my Southern Hemisphere friends. For best results, follow my step-by-step guide.
First, wash all of the berries well under cold water. Pour the berries out onto paper towel or a clean tea towel and pat dry. Remove the tops from the strawberries and slice the strawberries in half.
Combine strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries in a large bowl. Drizzle the maple syrup and rose water over the top and use a large spoon to stir well, so that all of the berries are coated in the maple and rose.
That's it! Honestly, the minimal prep time is part of the reason why I love this fruit salad so much. It's a quick and easy way of making an impressive dish and my go-to salad for brunch or a healthy dessert. Serve the mixed berry salad in the mixing bowl or tip into a serving bowl.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. The berries will keep well for around two days. After that I would recommend cooking them down into a compote, like my Raspberry Compote. You can then use the compote to top healthy breakfasts and desserts.
- Chopping Board
- Paper towel
- Large spoon
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- 4 cups strawberries fresh
- 1 cup blueberries fresh
- 1 cup raspberries fresh
- 1 cup blackberries fresh
- 2 tablespoons rose water
- 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Wash all of the berries well. Pour onto paper towel or a clean tea towel and gently pat dry. Or leave in the colander to dry.
- Remove the tops from the strawberries and slice in half lengthways.
- Add the sliced strawberries as well as the blueberries, raspberries and blackberries to a large mixing bowl.
- Drizzle over the rose water and maple syrup. Stir through with a large spoon so that all of the berries are coated in the maple syrup and rose water mix.
- Serve topped with mint, alongside vanilla yogurt or ice cream.