Recipe – Simple Strawberry Spinach Salad

This refreshing salad is perfect for summertime, whether you’re in the garden or just want something to eat in the comfort of your own home. This salad is rich in healthy nutrients and is packed with tangy strawberry flavors. To make it, all you need is a few fresh ingredients and a little bit of creativity. Just remember to follow these tips to make your salad the perfect treat.

A classic salad for summer, Strawberry Spinach Salad has an assortment of textures and tastes. With avocado, clementines, sunflower seeds, and orange juice, this salad has something for everyone. You can serve it as is, or serve it with additional dressing for dipping. The dressing is delicious either way. Whether served with the salad or as a side, Strawberry Spinach Salad is a delicious addition to any summer party!

To make it easier to assemble, buy pre-washed baby spinach leaves, prepackaged pecan halves, and some crumbles of feta cheese. 

Summertime salad

This light and refreshing green salad can be paired with anything from an Easter ham to an Asian-style pot roast. It also pairs well with holiday fare, such as maple-glazed ham or brown-sugar glazed ham. To make this dish even more festive, substitute the spinach with chopped lettuce or spring salad mix. You can also substitute the strawberries with sliced red onions, arugula, or other berries. The almonds and feta cheese may be omitted, or you can swap them for chopped green onions.

The season for strawberries in the Pacific Northwest is extremely short, but this refreshing summer salad is well worth the wait. This delicious side dish can be made ahead of time and keeps for a few days. It’s a crowd-pleasing and versatile summer dish. Whether you’re throwing a potluck or preparing a meal for your family, Strawberry Spinach salad is sure to please.

Garden

This simple, yet elegant salad is great for a picnic or potluck. The flavor of fresh strawberries is delicious and they are high in vitamin C. To preserve their nutritional value, cut strawberries just before serving. To make the salad even better, roasted pecans and maple syrup should be added to the mix. Baby spinach should be rinsed and dried, and pecans should be toasted for about 3 minutes. Toss with salad dressing and serve.

This refreshing salad is best served chilled for 15 minutes before serving so that the strawberries stay fresh and the spinach stays crisp. To serve the salad, you can add feta or roasted squash, and garnish with toasted nuts. If you prefer, you can prepare the salad a day ahead, then just add the dressing before serving. The recipe is also versatile, as you can mix and match different ingredients to suit your mood.

Healthy eating

This salad is a great way to add a healthy dose of fruit to your daily menu. You can even skip the dressing if you are on an anti-inflammatory diet. Strawberry Spinach Salad is packed with nutrients and can be made into a side dish. To prepare the salad, you should wash and dry the strawberries, and slice them into small pieces. Then you can start prepping the other ingredients.

You can also substitute the pecans with sunflower or pumpkin seeds and serve with shaved parmesan cheese. This salad keeps well in the refrigerator for about a week, and can also be made up to 3 days ahead of time. Just remember to keep the dressing separate! When serving, serve the salad immediately or chill for up to three days. This way, you can enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner!

Ingredients

Salad

  • 10 oz. of spinach
  • 1 1/2 cup of strawberries, sliced or quartered
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced sweet onion (optional)
  • 1/2 cup halved pecans
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup of white balsamic vinegar (or you could use balsamic)
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Directions

Make the salad dressing

  • Add garlic, Dijon mustard, honey, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh basil, salt, and pepper to a small bowl.
  • Whisk vigorously until the oil and vinegar emulsify – no longer separate.
  •  Set aside.

Salad

  • Prepare the onions and strawberries
  • Add spinach, strawberries, raw pecans, red onion, and feta cheese to a large bowl.

Toss salad to combine

  • With salad tongs or large spoons, gently toss all of the salad ingredients to combine, if desired.

How to serve

  • Serve cool or chilled with dressing on the side.
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Strawberry Spinach Salad