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Strawberry Spinach Salad
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Fresh and colorful, strawberry spinach salad is a perfect side dish for dinner or a light lunch option. Beautiful ripe strawberries, deep green spinach leaves, sweet blueberries, creamy feta, smooth avocado, crunchy pecans, and a rich vinaigrette combine to make a must-have salad.
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Flavor, texture, and deliciousness all in one beautiful salad bowl. Full of fresh fruit and vibrant colors, strawberry spinach salad has something for everyone.
Serve this delicious salad as a side dish to a summer meal. It would pair perfectly with grilled chicken, fish, or hamburgers. Strawberry spinach salad also makes a yummy light dinner all on its own, or a great lunch.
Making this bright and colorful salad couldn’t be easier. Simply combine all your ingredients together, pour the salad dressing over the ingredients, and then gently toss to combine. Strawberry spinach salad is a crowd-pleasing recipe that is easy to make and refreshing to eat.
Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients
- Spinach - fresh baby spinach rinsed and patted dry
- Pecans - candied pecans
- Strawberries - fresh strawberries rinsed, dried, and halved or quartered, stems removed
- Blueberries - fresh blueberries rinsed
- Avocados - diced
- Cheese - feta cheese crumbled
- Vinaigrette - to taste
Make this fresh salad year-round by substituting other fruits for the strawberries. If you can’t get fresh strawberries you could make this salad with canned mandarin oranges drained of their juice, pineapple chunks, mango cubes, raspberries, pears, or apples.
In addition to the fresh fruit in the strawberry spinach salad, you could also add in additional vegetables. Raw sliced mushrooms work nicely in this spinach salad, as do raw red onions, matchstick carrots, or diced peppers.
Turn your salad into a filling main dish by adding grilled chicken. Walnuts, cashews, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or sunflower seeds are also tasty additions to your strawberry spinach salad.
How to Make Strawberry Spinach Salad
FIRST STEP: In a large salad bowl toss together the spinach, candied pecans, strawberries, and blueberries. Add the avocado and cheese.
SECOND STEP: Pour the salad dressing over the ingredients and toss gently to combine. Adjust the dressing to taste.
THIRD STEP: Serve immediately.
What can I use instead of feta cheese?
Goat cheese, shaved parmesan, or blue cheese crumbles would also be fantastic options in place of the feta cheese.
What dressing goes with strawberry spinach salad?
A sweet dressing such as poppy seed vinaigrette works well with a strawberry spinach salad. If you have a favorite homemade balsamic vinegar dressing, it would also work well with the flavors in this salad.
Can I make this salad ahead of time?
You can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and store them in separate containers. Mix the ingredients together and add the dressing when you are ready to serve the salad.
Can I make my own candied pecans?
To make your own candied pecans, combine 1 cup of pecans, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar in a skillet. Heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved in the butter. Spread onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F until pecans are crisp.
How to Store Strawberry Spinach Salad
IN THE FRIDGE: The separate components of the spinach strawberry salad can be prepared a day ahead of time and stored in a separate container or bags in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this salad.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
- 5 ounces fresh baby spinach rinsed and patted dry
- 1 cup candied pecans
- 1 quart strawberries rinsed, dried, and halved or quartered, stems removed
- 1 cup fresh blueberries rinsed
- 2 avocados diced
- ½ cup feta cheese crumbled crumbled
- ½ cup vinaigrette more or less to taste
- In a large salad bowl toss together the spinach, candied pecans, strawberries, and blueberries. Add the avocado and cheese.
- Pour the salad dressing over the ingredients and toss gently to combine. Adjust the dressing to taste.
- Serve immediately.
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