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overhead view of a summer salad recipe with fresh raspberries, blueberries, radishes, romain lettuce, walnuts, and goat cheese all with a lemon poppyseed dressing in a big blue bowl
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Summer Salad Recipe

This Summer Salad Recipe is full of delicious fresh ingredient and made perfect with my Lemon Poppyseed Dressing.  This is a fast summer salad that you will want to bring to all the summer picnics and BBQs!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berry salad, fresh salad recipe, salad with fruit, summer salad recipes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Lisa Longley


Salad Ingredients

  • 3 Romain hearts chopped
  • 1 cup roasted walnuts see note #1
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 10 small radishes washed, trimmed, and sliced thin
  • 5 ounces goat cheese crumbled

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice see note #2
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (or just a pinch)
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey optional


  • Toss all of the salad ingredients.
  • Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and mustard until the sugar is completely dissolved. Taste and add more lemon until it has enough of a lemon flavor for you. Add more honey if it becomes overwhelmingly acidic.
  • Stir poppy seeds into the dressing.
  • Serve salad dressing on the side and allow people to dress their salad to taste.


  1. Roast the walnuts at 400 degrees on a parchment lined baking sheet for 5 minutes to deepen their flavor. (Optional step.)
  2.   The balance of sweet and acid in this salad dressing is really important. Start with 1/3 cup lemon juice. If it doesn't taste enough like lemon to you add a little more, about a teaspoon at a time.  If you go too far, add a tablespoon of honey to counter balance it.