This roasted berry and brie kale salad takes roasted strawberries and blueberries and tosses them with kale, brie, and a maple balsamic vinaigrette to make a main dish salad you can’t help but look forward to eating.
roasted berry and brie kale salad

I can’t even deal right now.

Partly because I had a few too many glasses of wine last night (that would be TWO glasses. Total. I’m old.) and went to bed at 10 with an instant hangover (#thisis28) and partly because THIS SALAD.

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Brie.

Roasted berries.

Maple balsamic vinaigrette.

BRIIIIIEEEEE.

Kale. Quinoa.

And did I mention the BRIE?!?!?!

I’m getting hangry just thinking about it.

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I ate this for lunch all last week and it was pretty much the only thing that got me through each (crazy! experiment-filled! didn’t-sit-down-once!) day. In fact, I might have even cried on Friday when I ate the last bowl of it because WHAT DID I HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN LIFE?!

And if you say “waking up at 4AM on Saturday to run 13.1 miles”….no, just no.

My point being, I’ve made the executive decision that I obviously need to eat this every single day until berry season is over. For posterity and happiness and health and all that.

You probably do too. (Just a guess.)

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The inspiration for this came from this month’s Recipe Redux challenge, which was to get back to basics and make some DIY kitchen essentials – basically something that you used to buy, but now make from scratch.

For me…that is salad dressing. Growing up and even after I went to college, my fridge was stocked with at least five different store bought salad dressings at all time. I mean, you have to have a dressing for every major mood/life occasion, right? That just makes sense.

BUUUUUTTTT at some point I realized just how easy it is to make dressing at home! And how much tastier. You basically just pour everything into a bowl, whisk, and toss with your salad. It’s that easy.

And, as with most things, once you go homemade you just can’t go back. All of a sudden you’ll realize you actually can taste all of the artificial ingredients and preservatives in those weirdly shelf stable concoctions…and they do not taste good.

Homemade for life. (But especially with a side of brie.)

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Roasted Berry and Brie Kale Salad
 
This roasted berry and brie kale salad takes roasted strawberries and blueberries and tosses them with kale, brie, and a maple balsamic vinaigrette to make a main dish salad you can't help but look forward to eating.
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
For the salad
  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 4 oz brie, cut into small pieces
  • 5 oz baby kale
For the dressing
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss together the berries, olive oil, and sugar. Spread on a foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Roast for 10 minutes, or until slightly softened. Let cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to package directions. Run under cold water when finished and drain well.
  4. In a large serving bowl, toss together the kale, quinoa, roasted fruit, and brie.
  5. To make the salad dressing, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, maple and syrup, and mustard until well combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Toss with the salad just before serving.
Notes
Adapted from Annie's Eats
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe

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39 Responses to Roasted Berry and Brie Kale Salad

  1. Sues says:

    This is one of the prettiest and most delicious salads I’ve everrr seen. No lie. I can’t deal either!!

  2. I’m still with the store-bought dressing. I made my own granola for the first time this morning which proves that I should probably start making my own dressing as well.
    Also, BRIEEEEEEEEE! Yay!!
    This is a stunning salad Joanne!

  3. Yes to homemade dressings! That’s all I do now.
    This salad looks absolutely perfect! Love your use of spring berries 🙂

  4. Johanna GGG says:

    that looks amazing (in a bloody sort of way) – I love brie and berries – would take whatever salad it comes with. I laughed at your 5 salad dressings – I have bought it occasionally but it always gets old and yucky because I prefer fresh! maple and balsamic is so my thing too!

  5. Nicola says:

    It’s been a couple years since I bought a salad dressing from the store. In a pinch lemon, salt and good olive oil will always be better. And I couldn’t agree more, once you have one, you can taste the plastic-y flavor and texture of the store bought versions!

  6. I did salad dressing as well for this challenge! It’s so easy, and they are so much better than the store bought versions! I love how colorful your salad is, it’s beautiful!

  7. Christine says:

    I used to buy dressings but thanks to food bloggers like you I was inspired to “recycle” pasta sauce jars and always have a few small batch but fresh dressings on hand. Sooo much better and they don’t get lost in the fray of other manufacturer’s bottles in the fridge. Just enough for me and then I make more. This is a wonderful salad combo btw, and I do love brie!

  8. Heather says:

    I’ve never actually roasted berries before, but I love a salad with strawberries and nice dark greens. Really interested in giving this a try! Plus, I’m already thinking about what other things could be improved with roasted berries… Mmm.

  9. The salad looks beyond delicious. Have to try the roasted berries in my salad too.

  10. Baby kale is about the best thing that happened to kale for salads. LOVE love love this roasted fruit salad. I need.

  11. I prefer homemade dressing too – but dang girl – this salad – wowzers! What a flavor explosion!

  12. Pam says:

    Seriously drooling! Bookmarked this salad and will be making it asap! YUM.

  13. This looks awesome! I looooove brie and this salad looks to die for. Pinning 🙂

  14. Beth says:

    That sounds so good, I could eat it right now. It even looks beautiful!

  15. what an awesome salad! i used to have the same dressing issue in my fridge as you…but now i have like 3 homemade dressings at once. i can’t eat salad fast enough! haha 🙂

  16. Zainab says:

    Girl you know how I feel about your salad category in your recipe index. Basically make them all the time. So this won’t be an exception. But don’t hate when I leave out the Brie since it’s a soft cheese and current life restrictions say no to that. U still love me right?

  17. I need to start adding brie to my salads nooooow!! This is so fancy friend!! Love it!

  18. OMG this looks AMAZING!! I want to stuff my face into it!

  19. I confess to not liking brie, but the rest! Total deliciousness. This is a salad I’d have cravings for 🙂

  20. Erica says:

    This looks so perfect – I love sweet salads and this one is a winner!! Roasting the berries!? Genius. Also congrats on your half marathon!!!

  21. Kate says:

    oooohhh roasted berries!

  22. i was the same way and always stocked with fat-free dressing coz in college, thats what you do..right??? the idea of roasted berries + brie sounds nothing but heavenly.

  23. Susan says:

    I am in love 🙂 I am a brie fanatic and love how it pairs with fruit on a cheese platter but why-oh-why have I never thought to put it in a salad with fruit??? Brilliant you are. If it was two glasses of red wine I would have definitely woke up with a headache! I can tolerate white wine much better, thankfully 🙂

  24. Ahhh – I got to get me some brie. It’s been too long 🙂 And I’m a sucker for any homemade dressing recipe – can’t get enough of them!

  25. Oh, dang, the berry season has finished down under will have to wait a few months – this looks so beautiful Joanne.

  26. What a beautiful salad! I love the idea of roasting the strawberries. I’ll have to try that!

  27. I’ve eaten kale for such a long time, before it was trendy lol. And I haven’t had it in a long time. I definitely have to give this salad a try.

    Kia / House of KTS (formerly known as Pure & Complex)
    http://www.houseofkts.com

  28. Sarah says:

    I can’t even with store bought dressings anymore.. I’m glad to hear you’ve eliminated them as well! Also… that brie…

  29. mira says:

    Now we are talking about a great salad! Love it (and love quinoa ) ! Pinned!

  30. I’ve never used maple syrup in a salad dressing. Thought of you today when I tried a kale smoothie 🙂

  31. easypeasy says:

    Again sounds soooo good! and totllly agree that homemade dressing is the best! You can totally taste the artificial flavors and preservatives in the stuff from the store

  32. pinned. Gonna make it this week <3 I'm on a berry craze

  33. Brie and berries, ahhh. Wouldn’t it be great if berries didn’t have to end?

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  36. Sarah Grace says:

    mmm I love the combination of kale salads and sweet ingredients!
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

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  38. flgirl says:

    This is one of the BEST salads I have made! Soooo yummy! The roasting of the berries really brings out their natural flavor. I doubled the fruit because I didn’t use the quinoa (we just don’t care for it) Added some sweet and spicy walnuts instead. Dressing is fab! Will definitely make this again and again and again…..

  39. Joanne, I found this on Pinterest and it is the most amazingly beautiful salad I have ever seen. I can’t wait to make it. I’ll be sharing this in my summer berry round up.

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