Strawberry Spinach Salad


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Strawberry Spinach Salad is a personal favorite and definitely a crowd pleaser!  This recipe starts with a bed of fresh spinach and ripe juicy summer strawberries topped with creamy avocado, cheese, thinly sliced onions and some deliciously sweet candied pecans.

Toss this salad with the quick and easy homemade white balsamic dressing below or your favorite balsamic vinaigrette for the perfect summer meal. Strawberry Spinach Salad in a red bowl

A Perfect Summer Lunch

Strawberry Spinach Salad salad makes a perfect summer lunch or even a great side dish with grilled chicken or fish!

I use spinach for this recipe but it’s great with your favorite crisp lettuce. Strawberries are add the perfect juicy sweet, if you have blackberries or raspberries or even  mandarin oranges, toss them in too!

We add in thinly sliced red (or white onions) for a little bit of spice and some deliciously sweet candied pecans (the best). Finally, rich creamy avocado and either goat cheese or feta are sprinkled on top for the perfect salad of crunchy, creamy, salty and sweet.

Overhead view of a strawberry spinach salad with avocado

Sweet and Tangy

All of that lovely fresh summer produce is topped off with a quick and easy homemade white balsamic vinaigrette. It’s easy to shake up and the perfect combination of sweet and tangy! While I prefer this salad with the balsamic dressing, you can also use a Poppy Seed Dressing or your favorite vinaigrette!

White Balsamic Vinegar is something I have been adding to dressings since my friend, Chef Matt first served me a dressing with it!

So… What is White Balsamic Vinegar?

White balsamic vinegar is very similar to regular balsamic vinegar however it is made with a different grape and isn’t aged as long as a traditional balsamic vinegar.  It’s slightly sweeter and has a little bit less tang or bite than a darker vinegar making it the perfect addition to salad dressings and other dishes where balsamic may be overpowering.

Pouring dressing over a strawberry spinach salad.

Combine the Dressing

To create a vinaigrette dressing you will want to add the ingredients to a jar and shake to combine.  If you happen to have a hand blender, you can also emulsify the dressing (which is blending it so the texture thickens).

Emulsifying liquids sounds fancy but it’s not hard at all, in fact, it’s how mayonnaise is made! Simply add all ingredients except the olive oil into a jar,  blend with your hand blender while drizzling the olive oil in as slowly as possible while blending.  Because I eat this salad so frequently, I usually just shake everything in a jar to make it quick and easy.

To slice the red onions, I use a vegetable peeler making them extra thin!

Close up photo of strawberry spinach salad in a red bowl.

The Perfect Added Touch

The candied pecans are one of my favorite parts of this salad.  They do take a little bit of time to make but I usually make a huge batch and they keep in the cupboard for a couple of months to add to salads, top desserts or even just to snack on. It’s totally worth the effort to make them! You can find my favorite candied pecan recipe here! If you don’t have the time or don’t have pecans on hand, you can certainly substitute toasted almonds.

Toasting any type of nuts (such as almonds) adds amazing flavor and just takes a couple of minutes!  Place the slivered almonds in a non stick pan over medium heat.  Stir occasionally until the almonds are fragrant and lightly browned.  Cool completely.  You can do larger batches of the almonds and once cooled store in a dry place for up to a couple of months!  (They’re great on desserts, salads, Chinese food and more)!

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finished strawberry spinach salad
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Review Recipe

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Strawberry Spinach Salad is a personal favorite and definitely a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces spinach
  • 2 cups strawberries hulled & sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onions thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup candied pecans or 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 4 ounces goat cheese or feta
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
WHITE BALSAMIC DRESSING
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Instructions

  1. Mix together all dressing ingredients and set aside.
  2. Dice avocado and toss with lemon juice.
  3. Combine remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 582, Fat: 48g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 454mg, Potassium: 795mg, Carbohydrates: 34g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 23g, Protein: 8g, Vitamin A: 6840%, Vitamin C: 69%, Calcium: 244%, Iron: 3.2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. I love it, this exactly my kind of salad. I love these vibrant colors and I know that this salad is super delicious.

  2. Oh my Goodness!! Not having tried any other salads like this I have to say this was SCRUMPTIOUS!!! The dressing is soooo good and all the different flavors made my mouth POP!!!
    Thank you so much for all that you do!!!

  3. I could ALMOST eat this for breakfast. Perfect for the summer brunch menu. Awesome for the summer grilling season too.

  4. Wow! What a scrumptious looking salad, I really must try adding strawberries into my mixed salads, must be delicious with your balsamic vinaigrette!

  5. I love white balsamic vinegar in my salad dressings, it’s my go-to! Excited to try your version and always love fruit mixed in with my salads, too.

  6. I love strawberry spinach salad. Candid pecans and feta sounds so delicious to me. Perfect lunch for me :) Thanks

  7. Holly, I LOVE strawberry spinach salads. And your candied pecans are one of my favs. So this salad is a home-run in my book!