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Berries are my jam. They’re antioxidant superstars and are low in sugar while totally hitting the spot when I get a sweet tooth. If you’re a berry lover too then this berry salad is for you.

Take a bunch of fresh seasonal berries, top them with some naturally sweet n’ tangy plants and finish them off with a little crunch. Voilá! You’ve got a rawkstar breakfast berry fruit salad to share (or not!).

white bowl full of breakfast berry salad and a silver spoon.

I love bringing fresh fruit to the brunch, party or dinner. This berry salad elevates the fresh fruit offering to a gorgeously yummy dish. It’s super simple to make, so grab those berries and let’s get started!

Table of Contents
  1. Breakfast Fruit Salad Recipe
  2. Easy Ingredient Swaps
  3. Berry Salad FAQs
  4. More Breakfast Recipes
  5. Berry Salad Recipe

Breakfast Fruit Salad Recipe

ingredients for berry fruit salad including blackberries, grapefruit, blueberries, raspberries, mint, and sliced almonds.

Make sure to wash and dry all the fruit before adding it to your bowl. You can either keep all the berries whole or slice the strawberries, your choice. Add a pink or yellow grapefruit that’s been peeled and segmented, again keeping the slices whole or chopping them in half.

After you drizzle the orange juice and maple syrup over the fruit, very gently mix it all together. You don’t want to smash the berries yet you do want to distribute the ‘dressing’ evenly.

I love the addition of mint yet if it’s not your favorite flavor then omit it. Sprinkle the sliced almonds and your gorgeous berry salad is ready to enjoy.

Antioxidant Feast

If you aren’t already convinced that berries are great Top Superfoods List to add to your daily routine then read on:

  • The antioxidants in berries help protect your cells from free radicals.
  • Though berries are known for their sweetness, they are typically low in sugar and can help control blood sugar.
  • Berries are especially high in fiber, which many Americans are lacking.
  • Benefit from all the anti-inflammatory properties when you include these bright fruits in your diet.

Enjoy the deliciousness that comes from berries along with incredible health benefits designed to help you live your best life.

3 white bowls with blueberries in them as well as a bowl of almonds and some orange juice.

Easy Ingredient Swaps

I chose berries that are all fresh at the same time in Central Florida. Feel free to swap out any of these with berries that are local and seasonal for you.

If nut-free is what you need, then swap out the almonds with hemp hearts to keep the nutty flavor and crunch. Coconut flakes also pair well with this fruity concoction in place of almonds.

Honey can replace maple syrup, or omit altogether to keep this lower in natural sugar.

Berry Salad FAQs

How long will this berry salad stay fresh?

Try to make it and eat it the same day so all the fruit is fresh. If you wash and dry the berries well before mixing together, this salad can be made in the morning, then refrigerated until ready to enjoy.

What fruits pair well with berries?

I added grapefruit and fresh-squeezed orange juice to my bowl of berries to balance out the sweetness and add a bit more color.

Which berries are best for a berry fruit salad?

Honestly, choose local, seasonally fresh berries for your salad. These might change depending on your location and that’s fine! I follow EWG’s Dirty Dozen when choosing which organic produce to buy.

More Breakfast Recipes

If you’re looking for an entire breakfast spread made with mostly plants, then I’ve got some great recipes for you to add to your menu:

Don’t forget to tag @SimpleGreenSmoothies so I can see your incredible creations! I’d also love if you left a rating so I know how you liked this fun recipe.

4.85 from 228 votes

Bright Berry Salad

This fresh berry salad the perfect dish to bring to Sunday brunch. I try to enjoy all the fresh berries I possibly can while they're here, and this salad brings them alive.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Breakfast, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 2

Ingredients  

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 1 grapefruit peeled and segmented
  • 3 tbsp orange juiced
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 mint leaves
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
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Instructions 

  • In a serving bowl, combine the berries and grapefruit.
  • Drizzle the orange juice and maple syrup on top.
  • Sprinkle with the mint and almonds.

Notes

  • If this won’t be served right away, squeeze fresh lemon juice over top and store in the fridge with an air-tight lid.
  • Swap grapefruit with an orange.
  • Swap maple syrup with honey (turns this vegan dish into a vegetarian one).
  • To make this nut-free, swap almonds with hemp hearts or sunflower seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 581mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 1872IU, Vitamin C: 94mg, Calcium: 135mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness. Nothing speaks louder of spring than a berry salad on a perfectly sunny, warm day in Illinois. Topping adds just the right amount of sweetness to naturally sweet fruit. And the almond crunch. YUM..

  2. 5 stars
    I left out the maple syrup, because really, why? All those fresh berries are sweet enough.

    1. Hi Kimberly! You can definitely leave it off if you’re not feeling it!

  3. This Brighy Berry Salad not only makes a great presentation it also tastes great too!

    I loved it and I will make it again this weekend when I visit my grandchildren. No more donuts for treats. Fresh organic fruit salad is what I will bring from now on.

  4. 5 stars
    So good!!! It’s amazing the difference the additions make – tasted so decadent!!

  5. I love fresh berries. I bought all organic ones. This was a refreshing breakfast. I did use one of your suggestions and swapped an orange for the grapefruit.

  6. 5 stars
    Had this for breakfast. What a way to start the day! Might I even say “berry ” delicious!

  7. 4 stars
    The salad was very easy to prepare. I liked it; however, I did not love it. It was worth making one time.
    Thank you for the recipe!! 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    So easy. The fruit was so fresh and good and with the maple syrup and orange juice,it was so delicious.

  9. 5 stars
    Ok, anything with this many berries in it is a winner in my book! So fresh & bright! Can’t wait to have fresh berries this summer! And I always plant mint, as well.

  10. 5 stars
    We had this for dessert. It was delicious and liked by my family and a friend. And simple to make. We only used strawberries and raspberries though. Too cold for good blueberries or blackberries–ones I got were too bitter to eat.

  11. 5 stars
    Super delicious! I used peppermint oil. Since I didn’t have some of the berries, I swapped out for some frozen like cranberry, blueberry, mango, pineapple, and papaya. Very enjoyed! 🙂

  12. 4 stars
    Simple, flavorful salad that was easy to assemble. Had it for breakfast and it hit the spot. Especially love the inclusion of mint. I did remove the strawberry stems and sliced them since eating strawberry hulls and greens, although pretty to look at in a photo, is not ideal. A great brunch salad!

  13. Ooh, that’s a great idea for a smoothie! I’ll try it and sneak in some extra greens

  14. 4 stars
    It’s hard to go wrong with a berry salad. I’m only giving this 4 stars because honestly I can eat all the ingredients plain without the dressing, but it did still taste great. I made this exactly per the recipe. My 5yo loved everything but the mint(which she called lettuce) and the adults enjoyed the whole thing. We have mixed berries pretty much every weekend already so I don’t see myself making this very often for the extra effort. Might be good for a picnic though, when the dressing can help coat the berries to make them stay fresh longer and you want a bit of flair with the mint. So, good recipe, but to me it’s not worth the extra effort vs plain bowl of berries and a sliced grapefruit.