Spinach Salad with Lemon Pepper Tuna and Fresh Berries for #TheSaladBar

by Dorothy Reinhold on June 8, 2013

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Fresh berries are like the jewelry on a salad. They add needed bling, welcome sweetness and a finishing touch of beauty to a plate of greens. During spring/summer berry season, they’re practically required!

For today’s main dish salad, I started with a bed of fresh spinach (arugula would also be nice), topped with my new favorite whole grain – farro – which adds fiber and a pleasant chew, and added protein with a handy lemon and pepper seasoned canned tuna. Mixed berries on top were the crowning touch.

Today’s salad joins others in a new feature called #TheSaladBowl, and below my recipe you can see all the other inventive creations using fresh berries in salads by participating food bloggers.

Spinach Salad with Lemon Pepper Tuna and Fresh Berries on Shockingly DeliciousGet your greens, and your bling, in one place!

Recipe: Spinach Salad with Lemon Pepper Tuna and Fresh Berries

Summary: Greens, grain and tangy tuna are topped by the season’s freshest berries for a main-dish salad with bling.



  1. In a wide, flat salad bowl, place spinach, sprinkle with farro and drizzle with dressing. Add tuna, keeping it in chunks for visual appeal.
  2. Sprinkle top with berries, and snip some fresh chives over top.
  3. Serves 1.

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I am a member of the Bee Squad for Bumble Bee tuna. Canned tuna makes an excellent protein for main dish salads because it is already cooked and ready to deploy.

Bumble Bee sent the tuna for recipe testing; Driscoll’s provided the blackberries and raspberries for the recipe. 


Spinach Salad with Lemon Pepper Tuna and Fresh Berries on Shockingly DeliciousDorothy Reinhold / Shockingly Delicious

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Diet type: Pescatarian
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

The Salad Bar badgeHere are the other salads created by my fellow cooks for #TheSaladBar, a new monthly cooperative feature. Choose my berried-up tuna salad today, or one of theirs, to try for your own table! You can’t go wrong with any of these beauties. 

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair June 10, 2013 at 5:23 am

Interesting combination of adding tuna and berries to a salad. I’ll have to give that a try!


Cathy W June 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Yum..I think tuna sounds great with berries! Great luncheon salad. 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold June 10, 2013 at 7:04 am

You are right! This is a perfect lunch/luncheon salad! It is so elegant feeling, while still being easy to assemble.


Cynthia June 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm

I am intrigued by the combination of berries and tuna. It is not one that I had thought of before. I think the lemon in the tuna would really brighten up this salad. Sounds like something I will have to try!


Dorothy Reinhold June 10, 2013 at 7:05 am

Yep, the lemon pepper flavor in the tuna really adds a spark. The berries add a pop of color and sweet flavor, but are not so sweet that it becomes cloying. Kinda perfect!


Hezzi-D June 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Yum! I always need more tuna recipes and this salad sounds amazing!


Kim Beaulieu June 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm

This is one seriously gorgeous salad.


Dorothy Reinhold June 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

Thank you! I think berries really bling a dish up, don’t they?


Cindys Recipes June 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I never tried tuna with berries. Boy, where have I been? lol! This sounds so good Dorothy!


The Wimpy Vegetarian June 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I love this with the tuna! So often we all use chicken in salads (including my post today), so it’s great to see another protein in the mix. Great idea!


Michelle June 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm

This is beautiful! I love that you used several different types of berries.


Marlene @Nosh My Way June 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I haven’t tried the flavored tuna’s yet. But your recipe is quite enticing.


Amanda @ MarocMama June 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I know what I’m making for dinner!


Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook June 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm

What a great protein-packed salad! I haven’t tried farro yet; have to do so soon!


Tara June 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

Now that looks so good with the tuna in there!!


Liz June 8, 2013 at 8:03 am

Such an amazing entree salad, Dorothy! I’m going to look for that tuna 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold June 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

Bumble Bee has a couple of flavored tunas that are really good!


Heather @girlichef June 8, 2013 at 7:40 am

Farro is my favorite grain, too! What a tasty combo, Dorothy!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) June 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

Very nice post…I love the creative use of tuna here. I never think to use it other than chicken salad sandwiches, but I really should. Love the lemon pepper idea!


Shannon @VillageGirlBlog June 8, 2013 at 6:54 am

Lemon Pepper Tuna is a perfect protein to add to a salad. Yum!


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