Very Berry ~4 kinds of Berries~ Napa Cabbage Salad

I was in the mood for an easy fresh and fruity salad today.  The strawberries from San Diego at the farmer’s market this morning were calling out to me, saying both serve me with vanilla ice cream for dessert and toss me into a salad for dinner tonight.  Is this berry overload?  Impossible, the parade of fresh berries is just getting underway and I’m already planning for pies, tarts and berry covered cereal for breakfast over the coming months.

Originally I was thinking about using one kind of berry  in my salad but once I started adding the berries, I just kept going… thinking the more the merrier, welcome to my Spring berry party.

I served this salad to my ‘littles’ and they loved it, gobbling up all the berries but also eating a fair amount of the salad.  I would also serve this colorful berry filled Napa cabbage salad with grilled chicken for dinner or maybe with a slice of quiche for a Spring lunch with girlfriends.  I added a handful of almonds for crunch and a light citrus dressing made with Persian lime extra virgin olive oil to bring out all the berry flavors.

Next on my baking with berries to do list is either a cake or a pie, maybe strawberry rhubarb pie-doesn’t that sound good?

I’m looking forward to a quiet relaxing weekend with some beautiful warm weather here in the Bay Area and of course a quick trip to the farmer’s market in search of my rhubarb along with a few more baskets of sweet strawberries.

Very Berry ~4 kinds of berries~ Napa Cabbage Salad

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 small head Napa cabbage, washed, dried, sliced thin and chopped
  • 5 scallions, white and light green parts minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, lightly chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 small basket raspberries
  • 1 small basket blueberries
  • 1 small basket blackberries
  • 1 small basket strawberries, trimmed and cut in half
  • for the dressing
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin Persian Lime olive oil (Stonehouse California Olive Oil)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Place all the ingredients for the dressing in the bottom of a large salad bowl and whisk together until emulsified. Stir in the cabbage, scallions and cilantro, let rest to soften the cabbage.
  2. Gently stir in the berries and almonds before serving. Add extra cilantro, salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.

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  1. Beautiful salad that looks so delicious with those fresh berries and the nice crunch from nuts and napa cabbage, I can’t wait until Summer and it’s blueberry and blackberry picking season.

  2. Oh man. Just give me the four baskets of berries and I’ll be out of this world happy. Berry season over here doesn’t start for another 6 weeks or so.

    That said, I love that you made cabbage more exciting. :)

  3. So colorful, fresh and delicious looking Patty! I can’t get enough of salads like this!!

  4. This is gorgeous, and so springy! Beautiful salad, Patty. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me to add more berries to my salads!

  5. Such a pretty salad, Patty! I love that it’s bursting with fresh berries and that lime dressing sounds wonderful!

  6. Yum, what a great salad. I am loving all the berries around right now, and I don’t even live in CA! The dressing with the lime and honey sounds great with this salad!

  7. *Love* this salad! It looks like edible happiness. There is no such thing as a berry overload! (Also, yes!! A strawberry rhubarb pie is a fantastic idea!)

  8. What a bright, fresh looking salad – it makes me feel happy just looking at it. Can’t believe it’s been almost 12 months since I was in San Francisco – I want to come back!

  9. Gosh, this is berry fresh, and delicious!

  10. Oh.. you are making me jealous now!! Strawberry season is long over for us… this salad looks soo fresh.. beautiful!!

  11. What a fresh and easy salad! So loving the splash of berries with the crunchy Napa cabbage. You make some of the best salads! Hope you have a wonderful weekend Patty! :-)

  12. Love the spring salad! An exceptional recipe to add a zap of spring zing to a healthy and seasonal salad!

  13. What a beautiful salad! I’ve been dropping berries by the handful into my smoothies but I love them in salads too. This is the perfect summer salad.

  14. What a beautiful salad! I’m envious of my California friends and how long your berry season is. Enjoy your warm weather – we had SNOW yesterday.

  15. Lovely berry-licious salad, Patty! So happy that spring is here and we have all the wonderful fruits and veggies that it brings :)

  16. If I could describe the perfect salad, it would look like this. Love, love all the berries and the simple, light dressing. I even like the healthy dose of scallions–really loving them lately. Yum, yum, yum!

  17. Berry nice :) LOL! A wonderful salad to welcome the long-awaited warm weather (at least here in Canada). Can I have a plate, please?

  18. I love adding fruit to my salad and can’t wait to the you-pick season to be open to take Tiffany again and get lots of berries.
    Your colorful salad is perfect all summer long Patty!

  19. We use napa cabbage a lot for Japanese cooking, but we always cook. I just realized now that I have never eaten it raw like salad. I must give it a try. All the berries are so attractive and more appealing too! Refreshing beautiful salad, Patty!

  20. Oh Patty, Oh Patty…you create the absolute most beautiful salads I have ever seen! Another one I want to make…thanks for sharing all these beautiful ideas. Have a great week!

  21. Oh wow, this is such a beautiful salad!! So vibrant and fresh looking! Very nice post, Patty!

  22. Love the look of this salad – beautiful colours!

  23. I love this salad Patty…love the berries…so inviting. Perfect for this time of the year.
    Beautiful pictures my dear. Have a lovely week :)

  24. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    A great way to make cabbage a little more tempting and delicious. Paired with berries, love it! Great salad idea, Patty. I’ve been loving all the Florida berries these weeks:)

  25. I am really enjoying the berry recipes you’ve been sharing with us all. This salad looks so light and summery. My daughter would eat it up in no time as would I :) Have a good weekend!

  26. Patty you always have the best salad recipes, and this one included. I love love berries and can’t wait for our season to get in full gear. Right now all I have are strawberries so I might have to skip the other berries.

  27. It’s a perfect spring salad, I love to see different kinds of berries over here :)

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