Cranberry Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

We LOVE this healthy Blueberry Salad! This scrumptious Summer salad is fun, fruity, and flavorful, and topped with the most amazing homemade blueberry balsamic dressing.

Cranberry Blueberry Salad

While I’m no stranger to dumping blueberries into my salads, I’ve never once considered blending them into a dressing. Well not until a berry dressing finally knocked my socks off, that is. There’s a sweet raspberry dressing at a local lunch spot here that has totally changed my mind about fruity dressings and holy cow I’ve been missing out!

Since I suspect their berry dressing is laced with enough sugar to classify it as liquid candy, I figured I had two choices: embrace dessert salads and give up donuts in favor of sugar-laden greens *OR* make my own healthy berry salad dressing at home.

Obviously I chose the latter.

No way am I giving up donuts!

Raspberries don’t last long in this house, as my pint-sized sidekick, can clear out a carton in a sitting, so I decided to tackle the bucket of farm-fresh blueberries we picked the week prior.

I blended a cup of berries into my go-to balsamic dressing and had to talk myself down from polishing off the entire jar right then and there. I really am kicking myself for not jumping on the fruity dressing bandwagon when it first became a thing. It’s totally legit!

Bring on the berries!

Cranberry Blueberry Salad topped with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

Cranberry Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

:: vegetarian :: gluten-free :: dairy-free :: paleo :: clean eating ::

Cranberry Blueberry Spring Mix Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing
4.89 from 9 votes

Cranberry Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing

I'm head over heels in LOVE with this healthy Cranberry Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing! This scrumptious Summer salad is fun, fruity, and full of flavor!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Blueberry Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 185 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1 heaping cup blueberries
  • 1 4-5 oz bag spring mix salad greens
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mandarin orange segments
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2-4 TBSP roasted unsalted sunflower seeds



  1. First make your dressing: In a food processor or blender, combine all dressing ingredients except for the avocado oil. Blend until blueberries are completely pureed, then use the little top cut-out to drizzle in the avocado oil at the end. Once dressing is emulsified you're good to go!
  2. Wash + dry your greens. 
  3. Combine with cucumber and blueberries, then toss with a drizzle or two of dressing. Add extra as desired.
  4. Top with mandarin orange segments, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds and serve!

Recipe Notes

Making this salad in advance? Go for it! Mix together everything minus the orange and dressing then combine when ready to serve!

NOTE: This recipe makes a bottle's worth of dressing which will keep great in the fridge for future salads. Only want a little? Feel free to halve the recipe!

Recipe yields 2 large salads or 4 side salads.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Since we all add different amounts of dressing, values are for salad only. Add 50 calories per 2 TBSP of dressing.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 414mg12%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1383IU28%
Vitamin C 38mg46%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

special diets and swaps

You can swap in maple syrup or another all-natural sweetener of your choice if desired. For a VEGAN or WHOLE30 friendly dressing, simply skip the honey!

Craving cheese? GOAT CHEESE or FETA would be great in this salad!

Though I made this salad with spring mix, feel free to use whatever salad greens you have on hand. You can add spinach, arugula, massaged kale, green leaf lettuce, etc…

Feeling fruity? Add any of your favorites such as apples, strawberries, raspberries, and even kiwi.

As always, you can veg this bad boy up however you’d like! I think BROCCOLI would be absolutely amazing in this salad and sliced ALMONDS would be great too!

I’m so excited for y’all to try this cranberry blueberry salad! Whenever blueberry season starts here I get beyond giddy to whip this up!

Cranberry Blueberry Salad in white bowl

cranberry blueberry salad with blueberry salad dressing pour shot

If you get a chance to try this healthy cranberry blueberry salad, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Looking for a few new salad recipes to try this Summer? Check out these 20 Easy Healthy Salad Recipes!

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  • Erika

    Can I use white wine vinegar instead of the red one?


    5 stars
    Made this Cranberry Blueberry Spring Mix Salad for July 4th gathering. When I came in with salad, I was told “we don’t need a salad!”. It was a big hit! So many compliments, and of course, they wanted the recipe. The only change I made was using olive oil instead of avocado oil. This recipe will be added to my favorites.

  • T

    4 stars
    I made this salad tonight for dinner. I adjusted it slightly to use what we had on hand. So I used almond slivers and walnuts instead of sunflower seeds. Omitted the mandarin slices and used spinach instead of spring mix. For the dressing I used maple syrup and Kozlik’s Amazing Maple (Dijon) mustard.

    We really enjoyed this salad and will definitely make it again. My only criticism would be that it made SO much dressing (500 ml) and we only used about a quarter of it. I would have preferred that the recipe made a half batch. I only noticed the note about halving the dressing recipe after I had made it.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  • Laura Raymond

    I’m planning on preparing this tonight. Does the dressing refrigerate ok once the avocado oil is added.

    • So excited for you to try it, Laura! Yes you can totally make the dressing with the avocado oil in advance. It will solidify a bit in the fridge and then you’ll just bring it back to room temperature on the counter and shake well before serving. Easy peasy!

  • Reinette

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved this salad! Thank you so much for sharing. This will be a family favourite now 🙂

  • Cathi

    5 stars
    Mr Picky (husband) loved this salad. Thank you for sharing the recipe. It’s the best kind of recipe because it’s customizable according to what you have. I followed it as written and loved every bite!

  • Karen Mogelnicki

    What is the nutrition info on the blueberry cranberry salad and dressing ?

  • Martha

    5 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! So good! I love the salad dressing and have made a second batch just for me!

  • Mary

    Can I make this with canola oil?

    • Hey Mary! It think Canola will work!

  • Elizabeth

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! Made a few swaps for convenience (almonds for seeds and we used all spinach) and I’m thinking I might add broccoli next time, too. This was easy and full of flavor. I’m already looking forward to leftovers for lunch today! It will be on heavy rotation this summer!

  • Rosemary

    5 stars
    Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits and this salad was so good. Thanks for the recipe.

    • So thrilled you enjoyed it Rosemary! Thank you!

  • Amanda Livesay

    5 stars
    I can’t believe i’ve never thought to put blueberries in dressing! I want to drink the entire bottle!

  • Mary Lambert

    What do you think about a sprinkle of goat cheese or blue cheese?

  • Aislinn

    5 stars
    This salad looks amazing, so colorful! I will definitely be trying this one. 😀

    • Thank you Aislinn! Hope you love it as much as we do!

  • Lisa

    I made this salad today for a family lunch. It was great. Everyone loved it!

    • Wooot! So happy to hear it Lisa, thank you! 🙂

  • This looks so delicious! I love fruity salads. I am doing Whole 30 right now, so I appreciate that it is easily adapted to Whole 30. Thanks!

    • Good luck with Whole30 Emily! I really loved it when I did a round.. though the first week I was mean and hangry lol!

  • I’m not a huge salad girl, but this looks amazing. Low-FODMAP too!

    • Thank you Joyce! I hope you get a chance to try this one — the flavors have me hooked! 🙂

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