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Overhead horizontal image of a shallow white bowl at the center of the frame, filled with arugula, fresh berries, apple slices, and chopped walnuts, with chocolate balsamic salad dressing on top, on a gray surface with two folded beige cloth napkins and a fork, with scattered fresh berries.

Refreshing Summer Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Dressing

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


A refreshing summer salad with chocolate balsamic dressing is the combination of fruity, sweet, and savory flavors that you’re craving right now.



For the Salad:

  • 4 cups arugula, or 50/50 mix with various salad greens
  • 1/2 gala apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped toasted walnuts

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 3 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Divide greens between two plates. Top evenly with apple slices, blueberries, and strawberries.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring in between each, until smooth. Stir in balsamic vinegar, oil, honey, salt, and pepper. Cool for 5 minutes in the refrigerator. Drizzle dressing over the salad.
  3. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts. Serve immediately.


Adapted from a recipe by Angela Roberts of Spinach Tiger.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: salad, chocolate balsamic dressing, berries, summer, lunch