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Romaine Salad with Cactus Pear, Mixed Berries, Fennel, Apple, & Basil Vinaigrette

Surprise everyone at your next picnic or potluck with this dreamy summer salad with a dressing you’ll continue to crave for days! This salad will become your go-to for a filling yet light, refreshing, summer lunch.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 478kcal
Author Candice


  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 5 cactus pears melon-balled
  • 1 fennel shaved on a mandolin
  • 1 granny smith apple cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • ½ lb. strawberries quartered
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds toasted

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed basil stems removed
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine the basil, garlic, vinegar and 1/4 tsp pepper in a food processor.
  • With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the romaine lettuce, fennel, and apple to a large bowl. Drizzle with the dressing. Toss to coat.
  • Add the berries and cactus pears to the salad. Gently toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with the toasted almonds and enjoy!


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 988mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 1190IU | Vitamin C: 96.1mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2.8mg