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A salad with spinach, romaine, grapes, dried cranberries, pear, raspberries, blue cheese and pistachios that is served with a raspberry vinaigrette.

Red Raspberry Spinach Salad on Taste and Tell

Photo and Recipe Updated April 2014

Originally posted April 30, 2008 – I have come a long way since I first started blogging. Part of that proof is in the post below!! I am a lot more comfortable in the kitchen these days, and while looking through the archives, I came across this post, and it definitely needed some tweaking and updating. So I took on the challenge and changed up this salad into something that I absolutely fell in love with. I added in some romaine with the spinach because I like the crispness and texture from the romaine. And this salad dressing is so easy and flavorful, you’ll want to pour it on everything. This may become your new favorite salad!

I seriously don’t know if I could make up my own recipe to save my life. I’m always jealous of those people who can make up their own outstanding recipes, but that’s just not me. I rely heavily on recipes – from cookbooks, magazines, the internet, family members – it doesn’t matter where they come from as long as I have a recipe. I will sometimes play with the recipe, but it is extremely rare for me to just throw something together without a basic outline.

Sometimes, when eating out, I will have a dish that I would love to be able to make at home. But unfortunately, my palate is not quite sophisticated enough to be able to know each ingredient in the dish, so recreating it at home is not very likely. But thank goodness for the internet, because with a quick search, you can usually find hundreds, if not thousands, of recipes for what you are looking for. Finding that exact recipe you want, though – that could take some experimenting!

A few weeks ago, I went to lunch with my sisters, mom and sister in law to a place here called Café Zupas. It is a local place (3 locations in Utah right now) that serves sandwiches, soups and salads. One of my sisters recommended the Red Raspberry Spinach Salad. She said that she often craves it, and has tried to make it at home, but it never quite tastes the same. I loved the salad and ate every bite.

So when I made dinner for my in-laws, I decided I needed a salad to serve along with the spaghetti. This salad immediately popped into my mind. I knew the salad part would be easy because I knew everything that went into it. But the dressing was a whole ‘nother story! After searching online, I realized that there are many raspberry vinaigrette recipes out there, and there were many different versions – I didn’t know which one to choose!! I just ended up picking one randomly.

Now I know what my sisters meant when she said that she couldn’t recreate this salad at home. While the dressing that I chose was ok, it really didn’t have enough raspberry flavor to it. That’s why I need your help! I know that most of you (if not all!) have never been to this restaurant to taste the dressing, but I’m sure at least one of you has a good raspberry vinaigrette recipe up your sleeve. And rather than test recipe after recipe that I find on a Google search, I’d rather try your recipes because I trust your opinions more!! So please share with me!

And regardless of if you have the perfect dressing recipe or not, you really should try this mix of ingredients in your next salad. And if we get lucky, maybe someone will share the perfect dressing with us to go along with the salad!

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Red Raspberry Spinach Salad
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A salad with spinach, romaine, grapes, dried cranberries, pear, raspberries, blue cheese and pistachios that is served with a raspberry vinaigrette.
Serves: 8 servings
  • ½ cup raspberry jam
  • ½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 oz baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 romaine heart, chopped
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 4 oz fresh raspberries
  • 2.5 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup shelled Diamond pistachios, chopped
Make the Dressing:
  1. Combine the jam and the vinegar in a blender and pulse until combined. With the blender running, stream in the vegetable oil. Alternately, combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until completely combined.
Make the Salad:
  1. Combine the spinach, romaine, grapes, cranberries, pear and raspberries in a large bowl and toss to combine. Sprinkle the blue cheese and pistachios on top. Serve with the raspberry vinaigrette.

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29 Responses to Red Raspberry Spinach Salad

  1. Toni says:

    It’s not a rasberry vinaigrette, but my favorite dressing to do with a salad like this (cherries, pecan, goat cheese or similar) is canola oil, white balsamic vinegar and minced shallot. Olive oil seems to strong and peppery for this type of salad. White balsamic or champagne vinegar is great with a bit fruit, fresh or dried. Maybe you could try canola with rasberry vinegar?

  2. Kelly-Jane says:

    I have a few recipes that I’ve been meaning to try, I’ll try and remember where they are! Sounds like a lovely salad – I love fruit in salads 🙂

  3. kimberleyblue says:

    I’m like you – I have a hard time inventing my own recipes, and I often rely on cookbooks as well (though I am getting better at combining parts of three or four similar recipes to come up with one complete one).

    That salad sounds great – I love fruit and cheese salads!

  4. glamah16 says:

    I haven’t made a raspberry vinaigerette from scratch before, but would say Balsamic vinegar is key. I would probaaly belend some fresh berries, balsamic, and a nice walnut oil together . Then I would strain the seeds and toss in a few herbs, salt, and pepper.If you want ti a touch sweeter maybe a touch of honey. Just thinking off the top of my head.

  5. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Hi Deborah,

    I think the key is using fresh raspberries. I would put it in the blender with balsamic vinegar, a good extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and salt and pepper. YUM.

  6. Katerina says:

    I use a raspberry vinegar to make a vinaigrette quite often. Great for everyday but it isn’t the leve4l of raspberry you are likely interested in. It’s on my blog though if you are interested.

  7. DawnsRecipes says:

    Ok, this dressing recipe in this post is not a raspberry vinaigrette, but is a sweet one. Everyone who’s tried it raves about it. My husband, who swears that no recipe is complete with out bacon, actually requests this all the time…and doesn’t even add bacon bits to his salad! It’s made for spinach salad, and complements any salad with berries very well. You could always mash a few raspberries into it while you’re dissolving the sugar if you want that extra raspberry kick!

    Baby Spinach and Pomegranate Salad

  8. Elle says:

    Good looking salad! I’ve got nothing in the raspberry dressing dept, though. Wish I did, because I love it!

    Have you tried e mailing or calling the restaurant to ask? Sometimes they don’t mind giving out a recipe or two.

  9. Jessy and her dog Winnie says:

    That looks delicious. I can’t make up recipes to save my life!

  10. MissMissy says:

    Here is a strawberry salad recipe – maybe you can substitute the strawberries for rasberries.

  11. Vicarious Foodie says:

    What did you use in your original vinaigrette? I recently saw Rachael Ray make some fruit vinaigrette (can’t remember which fruit it was) and she used fruit preserves as a base.

  12. noble pig says:

    I couldn’t invent to save my life.

    This salad looks good, I need one for my supper club!

  13. Kevin says:

    I haven’t tried making a raspberry vinaigrette yet but it is one of my favorite dressings. Trying to duplicate a recipe from a restaurant can be really fun and sometimes a bit frustrating.

  14. Mary says:

    Yeah, I’ve got nothing. But I admire your attempt to make something with no recipe. I tend to fail miserably when I try.

  15. kat says:

    I’m like you I usually start with a recipe as a guideline rather than making things up completely. I wish I could help you with this one. If someone gives you one that works you’ll have to share

  16. Shandy says:

    Deb, This is my recipe for raspberry vinagrette:

    1/4 c. olive oil
    2 T. raspberry vinegar
    1 T. honey
    1 T. water
    1/2 t. dried basil leaves
    1/8 t. garlic salt
    Dash coarsely ground pepper

    Vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients in jar with tight-fittting lid; shake well.

    I like it over a salad of mixed greens with raspberries and mandarin oranges tossed. =D

  17. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Yum! I’ll be making this! I’d try raspberry jam/preserve in there. Just a teaspoon and then olive oil, rasberry vinegar and salt and pepper. I have no idea, but I have been told I make a mean dressing… Taste as you go. Can’t wait to hear your results!

  18. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Yum! I’ll be making this! I’d try raspberry jam/preserve in there. Just a teaspoon and then olive oil, rasberry vinegar and salt and pepper. I have no idea, but I have been told I make a mean dressing… Taste as you go. Can’t wait to hear your results!

  19. Emiline says:

    I don’t have have a raspberry vinaigrette recipe, but I could make one up.

  20. Big Boys Oven says:

    this salad looks simple and yet delicious indeed, need someone like me to indulge into it!

  21. Greg and Heather says:

    Here is a recipe from Zupas’ website–just as a thought, if you substituted the red wine vinegar with balsamic and the strawberries with raspberries you might come close. Good luck!

    Zupas Strawberry Vinaigrette
    Yields: 2 ½ cups.
    1 cups red wine vinegar
    1 cups canola oil
    4 fresh strawberries
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 cup sugar

    1. In a medium sized container mix the strawberries, salt, sugar, and vinegar. blend well with a burr mixer or blender.
    2. While blending slowly add in all of the Oil, blending until smooth.

  22. Greg and Heather says:

    I also made up a recipe to copy the creamy raspberry vinaigrette from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. For that I use:
    1 c. frozen raspberries (thawed)
    1/2 c. canola oil
    1/2 c. mayo
    2 T. lime juice
    1/3 c. honey

    mix everything in the blender until smooth.

  23. Pixie says:

    No recipe to offer but I see others have given you one. Deb I know exactly what you mean, I rely on books and magazines ant the internet for total inspiration and then I just try to come up with my own recipe- it sometimes works- not all the time but sometimes.

  24. Kacy says:

    Ok, you are making me crave it RIGHT now!!! When I try and make it I usually end up going the easy route and just using the “Blush Wine Vinaigrette” (Breanna’s)and no, it is not the same but it is sure tasty and super easy! We can finish off the bowl quite easily 🙂

  25. Elle says:

    You’re wanting to make your own dressing, but i’ve found one from the store that is pretty good..no artificial preservatives or flavors used aand it’s organic and has a good strong raspberry flavor. It’s Kraft’s Organic Raspberry Vinaigrette and uses pressed soybean oil so there is not transfat either. Very tasty and would be great in this salad.

  26. thedelish says:

    Love your blog, all of your recipes look so good! I put up a raspberry vinaigrette that might interest you today. I would use a raspberry wine instead of the semi-sweet red, but other than that, it was pretty sweet and yummy. (It was first used to braise pears.)

    I am just the opposite of you – I pretty much CAN’T follow a recipe… haha. Except when it comes to baking. That I will not mess with.

    Thanks for sharing your recipes, they all look delish. I am looking forward to testing out the crab cakes!


  27. So simple and delicious! I love salads with fruit, I’ll have to try this.

  28. Simple salads like this are the best! Love this recipe!

  29. Chels R. says:

    Looks divine! I could eat that salad all day! You’ve come so far in your recipes! That’s amazing!

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