Berry Salad with Candied Walnuts is a delicious salad with summer flavors that can be enjoyed year round. With feta, apples, strawberries, and blueberries, this salad is a great side dish or main course.

berry salad with candied walnuts on a wood table with a wine glass and strawberries

Berry Salad with Candied Walnuts will win over even the pickiest salad eaters. This salad incorporates delicious summertime flavors with a slightly sweet tangy dressing. The combination of the salty feta and the sweet candied walnuts and fruit, make this salad is real palate pleaser.

You can feel free to substitute whatever fruits and veggies you may have on hand for this salad. You could even use a different nut, but don’t skip the candying party… it’s so delicious.

Berry Salad with Candied Walnuts

nuts cooling on parchment paper.

My quick and easy recipe for the candied walnuts only involves three ingredients: walnuts, sugar, and butter. Simply put the ingredients in a skillet on medium heat and toss until fragrant and the sugar starts to caramelize. Be sure to cool on parchment or wax paper and cut into small pieces or break up with your hands before serving.

Putting together the rest of the Berry Salad with Candied Walnuts just involves tossing together the remainder of the ingredients. You can substitute the berries, or use pears instead of apples.

Moreover, be sure to check out this beautiful Wooden Salad Bowl that would be perfect for this salad.

all the ingredients in a large wooden salad bowl.

The dressing is a basic vinaigrette that gets sweetened up with honey and berry preserves. Toss the salad with half of the dressing and serve the rest on the side.

Moreover, this salad would be great to serve alongside a protein like salmon, steak, or my Make-Ahead Greek Chicken. It’s also satisfying enough served by itself for a fun and stress-free lunch with friends.

Berry Salad with Candied Walnuts on a white serving dish

For more delicious side dish salads, check out Kale Quinoa Salad and Make-Ahead Beet Salad with Feta.

Hope you love this salad! Be sure to comment below if you try it. Enjoy!

Berry Salad with Candied Walnuts

Berry Salad with Candied Walnuts

This sweet and slightly salty salad is a delicious side dish or main course that is perfect any time of year.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 376kcal
Cost: 12


Candied Walnuts

  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • 5 ounce package spring mix (or any other salad leaf mix)
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced


  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fruit preserves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  • To make the candied walnuts, put the walnut pieces, butter, and sugar in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves and begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Spread the walnuts on a piece of parchment or wax paper and let cool. Break up pieces and set aside. 
  • Place the spring mix, berries, feta, bell pepper, apples, and cooled walnut pieces in a large salad bowl. Toss gently to combine. If serving later, cover and refrigerate the salad. 
  • To make the dressing, whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. When ready to serve, toss half the dressing with the salad and let guests pour on more if desired. Leftover dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.  


Calories: 376kcal
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Berry Salad with Candied Walnuts.

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