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Fresh seasonal berries and mint give this vibrant salad a refreshing burst of flavor. The addition of raspberries to the homemade vinaigrette lends some natural sweetness to this healthy dish.  Use this recipe for your next summer picnic or BBQ!

Refreshing Mixed Berry Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: none
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

¼ c. rice wine vinegar
1/3 c. fresh raspberries, washed

2 t. fresh lemon juice
½ c. extra virgin olive oil
½ t. sea salt
1 head Romaine lettuce, washed, stem removed, and chopped
1/3 c. fresh mint, chopped

1 c. fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
1 c. fresh blackberries, washed
1/3 c. sliced almonds, toasted

Note: Chill salad plates prior to preparing this recipe.

Directions:

Add vinegar, raspberries, lemon juice, and olive oil to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add salt and taste. Adjust other flavors to achieve the desired balance. Set aside.

Add lettuce, mint, strawberries, blackberries, and toasted almonds to a large bowl and gently toss to combine.

Drizzle with raspberry vinaigrette and serve immediately on chilled salad plates for a refreshing appetizer.

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