California Salad with Zesty Sprouts

Cool off during these dog days of summer with this refreshing California Salad with Zesty Sprouts. Mixed greens are tossed with toasted sunflower seeds, plenty of luscious strawberries, plump blueberries and tossed with a simple zesty orange vinaigrette dressing. I like to serve this simple summer salad as a side salad for the Orange Glazed Grilled Chicken.

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California Salad with Zesty Sprouts

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For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Salad:

  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 8 cups mixed green salad
  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, shallots, honey, mustard, cayenne pepper, poppy seeds and salt. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Toss alfalfa sprouts and orange zest with 6 tablespoons vinaigrette; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries and sunflower seeds. Pour remaining vinaigrette over salad and toss.
  4. Divide greens and strawberries among 8 plates and place a mound of dressed sprouts on the side.

Yields: 8 servings

Source: adapted from Cuisine Lite Fresh and Fabulous

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14 Responses to California Salad with Zesty Sprouts

  1. Kate says:

    Yum I love summer berry salads this looks delicious.

  2. Amy says:

    Oh my gosh, you read my mind! I just picked up strawberries at the market yesterday to make something similar 🙂 I use thinly sliced fennel and arugula and put strawberries, blue cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette. Such a yummy summer salad!

  3. jennknee says:

    Hollllyyyyyy This definitely looks good enough to eat this weekend!! Its so bright and colourful and happy looking!

  4. Anita Menon says:

    Absolutely exotic looking.

  5. ahhh love salad topped with fresh fruit :). sprouts are awesome, love the light yet hearty texture it adds!

  6. Ohhh I gotta go back to sprouts! When I first started reading blogs, I ate them alllll the time for some reason. I miss them hehe

  7. Colorful, vibrant and so healthy and delicious!

  8. barbarabakes says:

    A perfect summer salad. The vinaigrette sounds amazing.

  9. Mm… salads with fruit on top – delish!

  10. Colorful, delicious and healthy — love it!!!

  11. livinglearningeating says:

    I’m really a sweet (not savory) person, but I do like to have a savory salad sometimes (see this one: ).

    But when I salads like yours above, I’m like ‘hmm, maybe I should just do the sweet thing full time’ 😛

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