This blackberry salad is full of fresh berries, apricots, corn, feta cheese and almonds, all drizzled with a creamy apricot dressing. A great way to showcase summer produce!

In my opinion, this is the ultimate summer salad. You’ve got sweetness from the fruit, the crunch of the nuts, the creamy cheese and that dressing is just off the charts delicious!

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Blackberry salad with apricots, corn, feta cheese and almonds.

Raise your hand if you love the farmer’s market! While I love to shop at the farmer’s market, I don’t go as often as I’d like. Our town’s market is on a Saturday morning and we tend to not want to rush out of the house first thing on the weekend. So when I do go, I buy up everything in sight that looks good and try and come up with fun ways to showcase the produce. This blackberry salad is the product of my last trip to the farmer’s market. It’s full of great summer fruit and vegetables but let’s be real, the creamy apricot poppy seed dressing is really the star of the show here.

Most of the time I follow whatever meal plan I’ve come up with for the week but sometimes I like to cook on the fly. This time, I randomly picked up a bunch of produce without an exact plan in place.

A selection of produce including corn, beets, apricots, tomatoes and blackberries.

After some consideration (and internet research!) I decided to make a salad. But not just any old salad. A blackberry-corn-apricot-beet salad with fresh herbs, feta and almonds.

A bowl of lettuce topped with berries, corn, feta cheese and apricots.

How do you make blackberry salad?

So let’s talk about the salad base first. I used little gem lettuce, other great options would be spring mix, romaine or butter lettuce. I also added a handful of fresh herbs to the mix – I love putting herbs in my salad, it adds something a little unexpected. My favorite additions are mint, basil, parsley, cilantro and/or dill.

Salad with apricots and corn.

Once you’ve got your lettuce squared away it’s time for the add-ins. I went with sliced apricots, grilled corn, roasted yellow beets. blackberries, feta and sliced almonds. There is such a great interplay of flavors and textures here – the fruit adds sweetness which is counter balanced by the salty feta and the grilled corn adds a smoky note.

A salad bowl filled with lettuce, fresh produce, cheese and almonds.

I made an apricot poppy seed dressing to go with this salad. Fresh ripe apricots, olive oil, vinegar and honey are whizzed together in the food processor to make a thick and creamy dressing that doesn’t actually contain any cream or mayonnaise.

A hand spooning apricot dressing on top of a salad.

This blackberry apricot salad is perfect for a picnic or potluck and you could easily add some grilled chicken to make it a hearty main course.

Tongs tossing together blackberry salad.

We’re going to be eating this salad all summer long. What is your favorite thing to buy at the farmer’s market?

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5 from 4 votes

Blackberry Salad

AuthorSara Welch
This blackberry apricot salad uses summer's finest produce and the creamy apricot poppyseed dressing is to die for!
This blackberry salad is full of summer's finest fresh produce and is topped with a creamy apricot poppy seed dressing. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine American
Serves 4 servings


  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1/2 cup mixed soft herbs parsley, mint, dill, cilantro, basil
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 apricots pitted and sliced
  • 2 ears of cooked corn kernels sliced off the cobs
  • 3 small or 2 large roasted yellow beets roasting directions here
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 large or 2 small ripe apricots pitted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  • Combine the lettuces and herbs in a large bowl. Add the blackberries, apricots, corn, beets, feta and almonds to the bowl.
  • To make the salad dressing, put the apricots, olive oil, vinegar and honey in the bowl of a food processor. Puree the ingredients to a smooth dressing. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Stir in poppy seeds.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.


Make Ahead: The corn and the beets can be cooked 2 days in advance. The salad dressing can be made a day in advance, just shake it before use.
Little Helpers: The kids can help assemble the salad by putting all of the ingredients in the bowl.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1730IU | Vitamin C: 32.4mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Stunning work on this Sara, I’m not much of a salad guy but this one really did open my appetite! I’m going to surprise my wife with a self-made dinner and this will definitely be a part of it (she loves salads). Can’t thank you enough!

  2. What a lively salad. I love love it. Perfect timing, i’m in need for a picnic idea this weekend. Thank you so much!

  3. This is gorgeous Sara! This is so sad, but I have never been blackberries still on the vine.. I guess berries don’t really grow where I live!

  4. Wow Sara, I’m seriously craving this right now! It has a total fresh summer vibe. I love me some farmers markets too!

  5. This is insanely gorgeous! I love that green board!! Looks like a gorgeous Summer salad!