Raspberry Salad with Baby Greens

By Rona Berg / April 28, 2014
Raspberry Salad with Baby Greens and Raspberry-Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette

Raspberry Salad with Baby Greens and Raspberry-Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette (from Straight from the Earth, by Myra and Marea Goodman, Chronicle Books)

Raspberry Salad with Baby Greens and Raspberry-Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette, from What’s Cooking? June 2014

“These ingredients come together beautifully in this delightful salad, and they are perfectly complemented by creamy avocado, sweet, crunchy pecans, and a red-tinged raspberry-golden balsamic vinaigrette,” says Myra Goodman.

Serves 4

Raspberry-golden balsamic vinaigrette

2 cups raspberries
¼ cup  golden balsamic vinegar
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
⅓ cup toasted pecan oil or toasted walnut oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper


5 ounces spring mix
1 ripe avocado, cut into bite-size pieces
½ cup raw, unsalted pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

To make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine ½ cup of the raspberries with the vinegar. Mash the berries with a fork until they have thoroughly blended with the vinegar. Allow them to sit for 20 to 30 minutes, and then strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing with a fork to release all the juices. Discard the seeds. You should have about ⅓ cup raspberry vinegar.

Place the olive and pecan oils, mustard, salt, pepper, and the raspberry vinegar in a glass jar and seal the lid tightly. Shake the jar vigorously to combine.

To make the salad: Toss the spring mix with ½ cup of the dressing. Taste and add more if desired. Divide the greens among four salad plates and top each serving with some of the avocado, pecans and the remaining raspberries.

Serve immediately.

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Longtime journalist, author and current editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, and she has contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. She co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty (Workman Publishing), and is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television and at conferences around the globe.
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