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Nuts about berries salad – a spin off from Zupas famous salad. Delicious, healthy and easy to make!

One of my all time favorite salads is the Nuts about berries salad from Zupas. I love their soup and salad combo! Now that I live about a thousand miles away, I decided it was time to make my own version. I love how it turned out! So much that I ate it for lunch 3 days in a row! This salad is chock full of colors, textures and tastes. But what really makes this salad is the poppyseed dressing and cinnamon sugared almonds. Seriously so good. I can’t wait to make it again this week!

Nuts about berries salad on -a spin off from Zupas famous salad. Delicious, healthy and easy to make!

Nuts about berries salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • Fresh spinach
  • Fresh strawberries (cut)
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Cinnamon sugared almonds:
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 2 TB brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Poppyseed dressing:
  • 11/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp poppyseed


  1. Wash your salad and berries and set aside.
  2. Almonds:
  3. In a small frying pan, combine your almonds and sugar. Cook on medium/low heat and watch closely. Keep stirring as the sugar begins to melt, to keep it from burning. Once sugar has coated the nuts, sprinkle with cinnamon and remove from heat and place on foil to cool.
  4. Dressing:
  5. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or mason jar and mix until combined. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Shake just before serving.
  6. For the salad, layer the spinach, berries and nuts and top with dressing.

How to make cinnamon sugared almonds

I like to make a big batch and then store the almonds in a container. They’ll stay fresh for a month or two, so you can use them in lots of salads.

Nuts about berries salad on -a spin off from Zupas famous salad. Delicious, healthy and easy to make!


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11 Responses to “Nuts about berries salad”

  1. D

    Is it really 3/4 cup of sugar? That seems like an awful lot of sugar for as small amount of dressing that that would make. Also is it 1/8 cup of oil? Not 11/8..? Please help

    thanks, by the way it looks delicous!! Must make soon!

    • Jamielyn

      Hi! Yes, it is 3/4 cup of sugar, but the dressing its pretty sweet so you could cut it in half and it should work out just fine. Also, 1 and 1/8 cup of oil is right! Hope you enjoy it, this salad is one of my favorites! :)