Mixed berries, pineapple and gorgonzola come together for a great summer salad with a ginger-poppyseed dressing.

strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, pineapple, gorgonzola and ginger poppyseed dressing

Many years ago, a far-flung group of us came together every year for a ski vacation. We rotated it a bit between Deer Valley (Utah), Aspen, and other places in Colorado. One by one, we stopped skiing for any number of reasons, and after not seeing each other for several years, we cranked the group back up. We still rotate the locale, but now it’s between our homes, and we kicked off Part II almost 10 years ago in Chicago. My friend S, who lives downtown arranged for us to take the architectural tour down the Chicago River (which was one of the best things I’ve done anywhere!), an art walk in her area of art shops, and a picnic at Millenium Park for a concert under the stars. But one of the highlights of the weekend was the dinner she hosted at her condo the first night we all arrived, and this salad was one of the memorable dishes of the night.

A Few Cooking Tips:

Be sure not to over mix this salad before serving. The berries are tender, and easily bruised and crushed.

We have a nut-free house, not including the people living in it of course, but this would be wonderful with candied walnuts!

This is not designed to be a precise salad. If you prefer more berries and less pineapple, go for it!

The dressing is a little different from those I found in my research of poppy seed dressings. Many have buttermilk, most use more onion that I did. I opted for a lighter dressing of oil and vinegar, but dramatically reduced the oil by adding the yogurt. Also, if you don’t care for ginger, it’s easy to eliminate, although it doesn’t dominate the dressing. It’s just a hint of tropical to make you think of Hawaii.

This is a great salad for a picnic! Just be sure NOT to dress it ahead of time.

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Skinned poached chicken breasts would be ideal for this salad. Roast chicken is obviously fine too. The difference between the two is the texture.


Mixed Berry and Pineapple Gorgonzola Salad with Ginger Poppy Seed Dressing

     by Susan Pridmore

     Serves 8 – 10

       Prep Time: 30 minutes


Mixed Berry Salad

  • 32 ounces strawberries
  • 12 ounces blueberries
  • 12 ounces blackberries
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 ounces gorgonzola (or, to taste)
  • 4 cups mâche rosettes (or baby spinach)
  • candied walnuts (optional)
  • 4 chicken breasts skinned, cooked, and shredded into long strips (optional)

Ginger Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1/4 cup minced sweet onion (or use white onion)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Country Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup of honey (I used blackberry honey)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon blackberry syrup (or just add this amount to the honey)
  • 1/3 cup of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (I used full fat)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of poppyseeds


Mixed Berry Salad

Hull and slice the strawberries.

Slice off the top and bottom from the pineapple, and slice off the sides to reveal the fruit of the pineapple. Cut in rings and then chop.

Crumble the gorgonzola.

Add the berries, pineapple, gorgonzola, and greens to a bowl. Do not toss yet. Add the candied walnuts and chicken if using.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad, and very lightly toss. Serve with additional dressing on the side.

Ginger Poppy Seed Dressing

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until completely emulsified.

This dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

This is a new blogging group that focuses on salads every month. This month’s theme was Berries! If you’re interested in joining, just go to our Facebook page and request to join. We’d love to see your recipes next month!

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  1. Tara June 8, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    YUMMY, love everything about this salad!!!
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  2. Wendy June 8, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    This is a gorgeous fruit salad…and love the addition of ginger to the dressing! A little goes a long way, but I do enjoy it. Can’t wait to try this!!
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  3. lizthechef June 8, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Gorgeous – making some version of this pronto…What a shot! Can anyone join the salad group??
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    • The Wimpy Vegetarian June 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks Liz ! I’d love to see you join. This was our first month, and Wendy is making it very easy to participate (aka not a lot of rules). Just go to our facebook group, and request to join. Wendy will ok it right away. I don’t know how to hotlink it here, so I’m updating my post and putting it at the end for you. Please join us !!! And welcome home from Hawaii!!
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  4. Kim - Liv Life June 8, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    So nice to meet you!!! And what a gorgeous photo to go with your salad. The gorgonzola is a fabulous choice to complement the flavors and one I would truly enjoy. Loved your nut comment too!

  5. Heather @girlichef June 8, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    What an absolutely gorgeous salad! I really love yhe sound of the dressing…such a wonderful summer meal.
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  6. Choc Chip Uru June 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Thanks for the tips and the lovely recipe, it has a fabulous mix of ingredients :)

    Choc Chip Uru
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  7. Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook June 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Beautiful salad. Ginger in the dressing sounds like a great addition.
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  8. Marlene @Nosh My Way June 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    A superb salad. I want to give your dressing a try PDQ.

  9. Cindys Recipes June 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    So summery Susan. Great pick to kick off the salad bar!
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  10. Michelle June 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Wonderful salad. The dressing sounds divine.

  11. apuginthekitchen June 9, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Love the salad and the dressing. Have to look into this salad bar for some great salad idea’s.
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  12. Kanak Hagjer June 9, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    What a fabulous-looking salad!!
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  13. Debra June 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I have heard that that Chicago boat tour is great! As is this salad. I love the dressing!
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  14. Cynthia L. June 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Love the addition of gorgonzola to the salad. This salad would make a great summertime meal!

  15. Liz June 10, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    What a superb salad, Susan! I adore the addition of blue cheese!

  16. mjskit June 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    What a beautiful salad! To heck with the chicken, I’d be happy with the berry salad and that wonderful poppyseed dressing.
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  17. Christy@SweetandSavoring June 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Wow! Somehow the ginger poppyseed dressing takes the salad to this elegant level. Gorgeous! I’m so eager to attempt it!
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  18. Mary @ Fit and Fed June 29, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I love ginger on a fruit salad, too, I have a mango/apricot/ginger dressing one in the works. Interesting that you put EVOO in the dressing for a fruit salad, I wonder how much its flavor comes through? I hope your move is going well. And I just put in a request to join the salad blogging group, the first such group blogging venture I’ve participated in. Since I make so many salads anyway, I figured this would be an easy one for me to keep up with.
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