This healthy blueberry salad makes a perfect summer side dish. It’s packed with simple ingredients including farro, walnuts, arugula, and avocado. Ready in under 30 minutes, it’s a delicious and nutritious weeknight win!

Large bowl of blueberry basil salad with gold serving spoons and a bowl of blueberries on the side

As a Registered Dietitian, I love the summertime because of all the fresh in-season produce. From berries to zucchini to tomatoes, you can make a summer salad recipe with everything! This blueberry basil salad is a fresh and light recipe perfect for a weeknight dinner or to serve at a summer cookout.

I love to serve this salad with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Feel free to use my recipe or try it with another salad dressing recipe. This entire recipe including the dressing is vegan, dairy free, and soy free.

Ingredients in blueberry basil salad

You’ll need just a handful of whole food ingredients to make this salad:

  • Blueberries
  • Arugula
  • Avocado
  • Farro
  • Red onion
  • Walnuts
  • Basil
  • Balsamic vinaigrette ingredients: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, salt, and pepper

Ingredient substitution suggestions

  • Use a different berry. If you prefer strawberries or blackberries, swap them out for the blueberries for similar results.
  • Make it gluten free. Swap out the farro for a gluten free grain. I think this salad would be excellent with quinoa!
  • Make it nut free. If you have a nut allergy, you can omit the walnuts in favor of another crunchy ingredient. Try this salad with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, parmesan crisps, or croutons.
  • Try another salad green, such as kale, spinach, or romaine. If you use kale, be sure to massage it first to help tenderize the leaves.
Blueberry basil salad ingredients in bowls on a grey background

How to make this summer salad

First, cook the farro according to package instructions. I used quick cooking farro, which takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Let the farro cool to room temperature. I recommend toasting the walnuts before adding them to the salad to bring out the flavor.

Tip for cooling grains quickly: spread the cooked grains out in a thin layer on a cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in the fridge for 10-15 minutes, and the grains should be cool enough to add to a grain salad!

Combine the cooked farro with the other ingredients: arugula, blueberries, avocado, red onion, basil, and toasted walnuts in a large salad bowl. Prepare the homemade dressing by shaking the ingredients up together in a jar (or whisking them together in a mixing bowl).

Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss everything together using salad tongs. This salad is best served right after it’s dressed, since the arugula and avocado will start to soften after a little bit.

Serving suggestions

  • Serve with your favorite protein to make this a well balanced meal, such as salmon, shrimp, or tofu
  • Bring it as a healthy side dish for a cookout or summer BBQ. It’s delicious paired with salmon burgers!
Blueberry basil salad ingredients in a mixing bowl before being tossed together

Blueberries nutrition benefits

Blueberries are an incredibly healthy food to include in your diet! These little berries pack a big nutrition punch. One cup of blueberries provides:

  • 4 grams of dietary fiber
  • 24 percent of your daily Vitamin C needs
  • 36 percent of your daily Vitamin K needs
  • 25 percent of your daily manganese needs

In terms of antioxidants, blueberries are one of the most concentrated food sources. Antioxidants help keep our cells healthy by preventing oxidative damage. They also help fight inflammation in the body.

Fresh and frozen blueberries are equally as nutritious! Use fresh blueberries for this salad, but save a little money by using frozen ones for baked goods, like muffins and pies.

Avocado nutrition benefits

Avocados are loaded with over 20 different vitamins and minerals. Half of a hass avocado contains:

  • 2 grams of plant-based protein
  • 7 grams of dietary fiber
  • Small amounts of several micronutrients, including potassium, magnesium, folate, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.

Avocados are made up of mostly fat in the form of monounsaturated fat. A diet high in monounsaturated fat is heart healthy, and can help manage and lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol level.

Walnuts nutrition benefits

Walnuts are a very healthy food to include in your diet. One ounce (about 1/4 cup) of walnuts provides:

  • 4 grams of plant-based protein
  • 2 grams of dietary fiber
  • An excellent source of plant-based ALA omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are most commonly found in animal foods like salmon. Walnuts are one of the best plant-based sources of this necessary nutrient, so load up on walnuts if you are trying to include more omega-3s in your diet!

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Blueberry Basil Salad with Avocado and Farro

Large bowl of blueberry basil salad with gold serving spoons and a bowl of blueberries on the side

This healthy blueberry salad makes a perfect summer side dish. It’s packed with simple ingredients including farro, walnuts, arugula, and avocado. Ready in under 30 minutes, it’s a delicious and nutritious weeknight win!

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: serves 46 1x
  • Category: salads
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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Blueberry Basil Salad with Avocado and Farro

  • 1 cup dry farro
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 cup blueberries, washed
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced small
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare the farro according to package instructions. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Combine arugula, blueberries, avocado, red onion, walnuts, basil, and cooked farro in a large salad bowl.
  3. Add the salad dressing ingredients to a jar with a pinch of salt and pepper. Close the jar and shake vigorously to combine.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to combine everything.

Notes

This salad is best served right after it’s been dressed. If you’d like to prepare the salad ahead of time, wait until just before serving to add the avocado and the salad dressing.

Ingredient swaps for dietary restrictions

  • Make it gluten free. Swap out the farro for a gluten free grain. I think this salad would be excellent with quinoa!
  • Make it nut free. If you have a nut allergy, you can omit the walnuts in favor of another crunchy ingredient. Try this salad with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, parmesan crisps, or croutons.

Keywords: blueberry salad, salads with fruit, summer salad, farro salad

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