Easy Summer Berry Salad Recipe with Grilled Turkey

Easy Summer Berry Salad Recipe with Grilled Turkey

This Summer Berry Salad features fresh sweet summer berries, succulent grilled turkey and is served with a drizzle of blackberry balsamic vinaigrette. There’s no better way to celebrate summer!

Beer Can Turkey Summer Berry Salad | Fresh sweet summer berries are paired with succulent beer can turkey and drizzled with blackberry balsamic vinaigrette.

Summer is here. And that means grilling season is in full swing. Keep that kitchen cool! 

There’s nothing I like more than firing up the grill on a steamy summer night.

While burgers and steaks are typical of what you would throw on the grill, my new favorite grilled dinner is turkey.

How do you make Beer Can Turkey!

A beer can turkey cooking on a grill

For this summer berry salad, I paired grilled juicy turkey with a plentiful display of colorful berries.

I decided beer can turkey would add delicious flavor with a boost of protein to my salad.

I used bone-in breast of turkey and seasoned the skin with Herbs de Provence and a drizzle of olive oil.

Then, I lowered the turkey breast onto a beer can cooking stand and let the breast grill for just over an hour.

The result was the juiciest most flavorful turkey you could imagine. 

Who said the beer can was for chicken only? 

It works great with a bone-in turkey breast.

A knife slicing a bone in turkey breast on a cutting board.

Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving!

I don’t know about you but I enjoy eating turkey year-round. 

There are so many different cuts to choose from, including ground, tenderloin and breast.

Turkey is really easy to prepare, low in fat and loaded with important nutrients we need daily like iron, zinc and potassium.

Turkey is a win-win for a summer salad dinner option. 

Even better when you pair the juicy meat with fresh strawberries, the sweetest raspberries and fresh blueberries.

A bowl of fresh berries on a table top

What fruits should I serve on my Summer Berry Salad

Keeping with my goal of eating healthy, I couldn’t resist using berries which are always available at my local grocer.

​Sticking to berries makes an easy dinner. Otherwise you could add mandarin orange slices, chopped apples or fresh pineapple.

The options are endless. Just peruse the produce section for what looks appetizing.

I nestled a handful of each on a bowl of spinach, added chopped grilled turkey strips and crunchy walnuts and drizzled the entire salad with the bold flavours of a sweet blackberry vinaigrette.

It was delicious!

A salad with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and grilled turkey breast.

This summer berry salad is filling enough to serve for dinner or for enjoying lunch on your screen porch or patio.

I don’t know about you but I’m not interested in casseroles or heavy dinners when it’s hot out.

I tend to eat a lot of salads and we grill quite a bit this time of year.

Grilling a bone-in breast of turkey yielded plenty of meat for my salad and then some.

With plenty of leftover turkey, I was able to enjoy several more meals throughout the week from a turkey salad sandwich to a turkey quesadilla. 

​If you prefer grilled chicken breast instead of turkey try this easy beer can chicken recipe. 

A summer salad featuring grilled turkey and summer berries.

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Summer Berry Salad Recipe with Grilled Turkey

Ali Randall
Fresh sweet summer berries are paired with succulent grilled turkey and served with a drizzle of blackberry balsamic vinaigrette. There’s no better way to celebrate summer!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 4 pound turkey breast, bone in and skin on
  • 1 can of beer
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence
  • Salt & pepper
  • An assortment of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Fresh spinach

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon blackberry preserves
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the grill to medium. Place a sheet of aluminum foil inside a disposable round baking pan and place the beer can turkey stand in the middle. Pour out a fourth of the beer and place the can into the stand.
  • Brush the turkey with the olive oil and season with herbs, salt and pepper. Place the turkey cavity on the beer can stand. Place the pan in the middle of the grill and close the lid.
  • Grill the turkey breast for about an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees.
  • Once the turkey has finished cooking, remove the pan from the grill and tent the meat with foil for 10 minutes before carving and serving.
  • To make the vinaigrette, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk well to combine. Set aside.
  • Arrange the spinach in a large serving bowl and top with a selection of fresh summer berries, chopped walnuts and grilled turkey.
  • Drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve.


This post was originally sponsored by the National Turkey Federation. I was compensated by the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network for my time. All opinions are mine alone. Thank you for supporting my blog by supporting the brands I love.
Keyword Beer Can Turkey, Turkey Berry Salad

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8 thoughts on “Easy Summer Berry Salad Recipe with Grilled Turkey”

  • This looks so delicious! I too love eating turkey year round! What a perfect way to eat it, with a bunch of fruit. Yum!!

    • Thanks Elaine…it’s so tasty and perfect for summer salads. There is nothing better than pairing grilled turkey with summer’s fruits.

  • I just love berries in a salad. They add so much flavour without adding loads of calories. This looks delicious.

  • This is ingenious! Love the idea of cooking turkey on a beer can (I’ve seen it before but never had the chance to give it a go! That salad looks incredible too, so many colours!

    • Thanks Cliona…cooking the turkey on a beer can results in plenty of turkey and it cooks faster than in the oven. You’ll have turkey for days. Enjoy!

  • Ah, this looks delicious! We love berries, especially my son, so I’m always looking for new dishes that incorporate them. What a great way to diversify, too, with some summer turkey!

    • Thanks Monica…love summer salads with berries especially. Turkey is an easy way to add protein and keep things healthy 🙂

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