Balsamic Berry Salad Lettuce Cups

Appetizers and Snacks, Healthy Eating, Lunch, Seasonal Recipes, Side Dish, Side Salads, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes | 29 comments

With warmer days happening more and more frequently, I am really looking forward to having more fresh and light salads on the dinner table.

My latest salad creation, Balsamic Berry Salad Lettuce Cups, was inspired by the flavor combination of berries and balsamic vinegar. If you haven’t tried that yet, give it a try. I know it might sound a little odd, but balsamic vinegar is great drizzled over strawberries

Balsamic Berry Salad Lettuce Cups

Simply Dressed® salad dressings are my go-to when it comes to store-bought salad dressings because they are made with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and canola oil. They don’t contain preservatives, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, MSG or artificial flavors.

I love Marzetti’s new Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressings. They are really convenient to have on hand to whip up fun recipes like this and I like how it is the next best thing to homemade.

These Balsamic Berry Salad Lettuce Cups are the perfect light salad for warmer months. They would also be great served as a healthy a snack or appetizer. If you’d like a light dinner or lunch, try adding a few strips of grilled chicken to the berry mixture.

Balsamic Berry Salad Lettuce Cups

For another variation, try mixing things up by adding other fruits such as blueberries, orange sections, or watermelon cubes. Chopped fresh herbs are another great way to add a big flavor impact in a salad without a lot of extra effort.

What is your favorite spring salad recipe?

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Balsamic Berry Salad Lettuce Cups

Yield: 6 lettuce cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

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4 ounces blackberries, sliced
4 ounces strawberries, sliced
4 ounces raspberries, sliced
1 tablespoon Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed orange juice
6 leaves Butter Lettuce leaves, washed and dried
fresh mint, for garnish
crumbled feta or goat cheese, for garnish


Combine the berries in a bowl and gently stir. In another bowl, combine the balsamic dressing and orange juice. Pour the dressing mixture on top of the berries. Spoon the berries inside of the lettuce leaves. Garnish with fresh mint and sprinkle with crumbled feta or goat cheese. Serve immediately.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Marzetti to create a fun, new salad recipe. This blog post is sponsored by Marzetti. All opinions are my own.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Julie Padilla - April 26, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    These looks so fresh & yummy. Perfect for Sunday bruch with the girls :)


  • 2
    Tieghan - April 26, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    So pretty! I love these! Some of my favorite summer foods all in one!


  • 3
    Leesa Gentry - April 26, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    Just love to add everything item I have to make a spring salad.


  • 4
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - April 26, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    so bright and colourful! these look fabulous!


  • 5
    Liz - April 26, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    I love spinach strawberry salad. It is so simple but always feels like spring is really here!


  • 6
    Amy P. - April 26, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    I love using spring greens and topping it with berries, red onion, feta cheese, and a light raspberry vinaigrette! So yummy!


  • 7
    Lea Ann H. - April 26, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    This looks like a delicious salad! Putting it into my menu rotation for this weekend. Thanks.


  • 8
    Rachel - April 26, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    I love a nice spinach salad with strawberries, glazed pecans, and goat cheese. With just a light balsamic dressing, its perfection.
    I love strawberries with balsamic vinegar but I’ve never tried other berries. Can’t wait to try this salad.


  • 9
    Mandi @ Life Your Way - April 26, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    This looks so simple but so tasty! I love, love, love any salad with fruit in it, and so do my kids!


  • 10
    Lillian Child - April 26, 2013 @ 1:06 pm



  • 11
    Laura C. - April 26, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    Baby Arugula with herbed goat cheese, halved grape tomatoes, and a simple lemon vinaigrette.


  • 12
    amber - April 26, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    I love berries with balsamic vinegar! This is something that is perfect for summertime.


  • 13
    Tiffany Greene - April 26, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    Oh my word! This would be perf for a brunch or summer bbq!


  • 14
    Carin - April 27, 2013 @ 4:49 am

    My new favorite is chopped kale salad with strawberries, avocados and almonds with a lemon honey vinaigrette. It’s awesome!


  • 15
    Natalie S - April 27, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    I love strawberry spinach salads!


  • 16
    Pamela Christopher - April 27, 2013 @ 6:30 am

    We love just iceberg lettuce,carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes with a honey mustard dressing. Love your blog.


  • 17
    Erin - April 27, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    I have a salad recipe that uses sping mix lettuce, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, feta, and a homemade raspberry vinagrette. Love that flavor combination!


  • 18
    Kathy - April 27, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Romain with strawberries, mandarin oranges, blueberries, and a raspberry vinegrette


  • 19
    Becky - April 27, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    This is a salad I would eat. Full of fruit!


  • 20
    Margot C - April 28, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I like arugula from my garden with a peanut dressing


  • 21
    Stefanie Gladden - April 28, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    i love a salad with strawberries & apples & lots of lettuce!


  • 22
    PJ Marszalek - April 28, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    They look delicious! I am putting this on our menu for this week!! ;) I would love to win this giveaway!!!


  • 23
    meredith - April 28, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    I love a spring asparagus salad!


  • 24
    Oscar Noriega - April 29, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Looks great! I will try it tonight.


  • 25
    Jennifer - April 30, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    I’ve been thinking about these every since I looked at the post. I can’t wait to try them!


  • 26
    Carla @ Carlas Confections - April 30, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    I love this salad! Another favorite is chef salad. :)


  • 27
    Melissa - May 01, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    I love BBQ Chicken BLT salad with fresh grilled corn. It’s not light, but I get to use the grill. I sometimes even lightly grill the romaine, too.


  • 28
    Stephanie - May 06, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    I’m a sucker for sweet and savory salads, but my favorite is cranberries or strawberries with goat cheese, spinach, walnuts and balsamic dressing.


  • 29
    Dianne Colwill - May 08, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    My favourite salad is strawberry feta with lettuce and a homemade maple balsamic dressing.


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