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Sweet Summer Salad with Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette 🥗

Updated: Sep 2, 2023

Eat Like It's Summer All Year Round! Sweet, Refreshing & Irresistible Summer Salad Recipe!

Sweet Summer Salad with watermelon and cucumber

Summer is the season of sweet fruits, sunny days, and refreshing salads. But sometimes, you might crave something more than just a plain green salad. Something that has a burst of flavor, a hint of sweetness, and a touch of tanginess. Something that makes you feel like summer no matter what time of year it is.

This sweet summer salad is not only tasty, but also healthy and nutritious. It’s packed with antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, and plant-based protein. It’s also vegan, gluten-free, and can be made oil-free if you omit the olive oil from the dressing. You can enjoy it as a light lunch or a side dish for any meal. The star of the show is my homemade balsamic mustard vinaigrette.

Sweet Summer Salad Recipe

with Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4


For the Salad:

  1. 4 cups fresh spinach, washed and dried

  2. 1 cup cucumber, sliced

  3. 2 cups watermelon cubes

  4. ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, torn

  5. ½ cup wild blueberries (dried or fresh)

  6. ½ cup candied pecans

  7. 2 tbsp hemp seeds

For the Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette (makes about 3/4 cup):

  1. ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  2. 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  3. 1-2 tsp agave nectar

  4. ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  5. Black pepper to taste


  1. For the Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and agave. Gradually whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified. Add black pepper to taste. Set aside.

  2. For the Salad: In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, cucumber slices, watermelon cubes, mint leaves, and blueberries. Toss gently to mix.

  3. Drizzle the salad with the desired amount of prepared vinaigrette. Toss gently again to ensure the salad is evenly coated with the vinaigrette.

  4. Top the salad with candied pecans and sprinkle with hemp seeds. Enjoy!

vegan chef holding a plate of colorful salad

Nutrition Facts (with 2 Tbsp of vinaigrette per serving):

  • Calories: 365 kcal

  • Protein: 6g

  • Total Fat: 28g

    • Saturated Fat: 4g

    • Trans Fat: 0g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Total Carbohydrates: 25g

    • Dietary Fiber: 4g

    • Sugars: 16g (mainly from watermelon and candied pecans)

  • Sodium: 5-10mg (from Dijon mustard)

  • Vitamin A: 60% Daily Value

  • Vitamin C: 30% Daily Value

  • Calcium: 6% Daily Value

  • Iron: 15% Daily Value

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