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:

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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

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
    Delicious! I left out the raspberries (very high in oxalates) and used a mandarin orange instead of grapefruit due to conflict with blood pressure medicine and used lime juice instead of orange juice (which I didn’t have.) Otherwise I think I stuck to the recipe (Oh, used hemp seeds & sunflower seeds instead of almonds due to oxalates again.)

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious and so colorful. Really pretty to look at and just as good to eat.

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! I’m not a huge fruit fan, but this salad is really good! The crunch of the almonds is my favorite!

  4. 5 stars
    So much yummy fruit! I generally prefer smoothies in the morning because then I know I’m getting in some greens. Fresh berries are such a treat! Maple syrup not required with all the deliciousness and natural sweetness from the berries.

  5. 5 stars
    I love a bowl of fruit, anytime! The Bright Berry Salad is a delightful mix of fruit with the added sweetness of maple syrup and a crunchy finish with mint and sliced almonds. It’s simply perfect. My husband loved it too. Five stars!!!!

  6. 5 stars
    With all that goodness in this recipe, it didn’t need the maple syrup. I can’t have the maple syrup anyway, though I love dietary requirement say no no. I didn’t use the mint either. I like mint tea but not in my salads. I dry some last summer for tea drinks. The salad was over a 5 today. I loved everyone of the fruits and it was refresh and satisfying.

  7. I’m not a fan of black berries and blue berries because there so tart but I tried the recipe
    I didn’t add almond because I can’t have it but adding the maple to the salad is as the saying goes “chef’s kiss”
    Will make this again next week

  8. I turned into a smoothies still need to get rid of too much lettuce/spring salad. Pretty good taste wise.

  9. 5 stars
    This salad is easy, refreshing, and delicious. I’m not a fan of grapefruit but I felt it was tasty in this salad. Perfect summer salad 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    What a refreshing, easy lunch! I am not able to do grapefruit so I substituted a Little Cutie which worked just fine. Not a huge mint fan, so I put it in for the pic, but then only cut up 1 leaf. May sprinkle some coconut on it the next time.

  11. 3 stars
    Made mostly as written. The only change was adding unsweetened coconut. Overall, it was tasty. The grapefruit seemed to steal the show. Didn’t feel the fresh squeezed orange juice + Maple Syrup enhanced. The mint was okay but I would leave it out next time.

  12. 5 stars
    Another great salad. I wasn’t sure about adding the grapefruit, pink which I love, but the dressing and the mint help to mask some of the tartness of it. This is a definite keeper!!! This challenge may just make me a dressing girl.

  13. Great breakfast as a change from the smoothies! I love berries and grapefruit and the almonds provided a nice crunch!