Prepare yourself for the best seasonal salad of the year: strawberry spinach. Oh yes. You may eat this salad with any meal. It includes juicy strawberries, crunchy nuts, salty feta, and sliced red onions. The final touch is a salad dressing made of sweet and tart strawberry vinaigrette, which transforms the dish into edible gold.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Let’s kick things off with some rich strawberries.
Red, juicy strawberries should be the first ingredient. Please only make this salad when fresh, juicy strawberries are available. The flavor is based entirely on how good and delicious the berries are. Strawberries that are out of season, tasteless, or sour are unacceptable. Try our Blueberry Salad or Blackberry Salad if you’re seeking to switch things up in terms of the berry used.
Strawberry vinaigrette dressing
Our traditional strawberry salad dish gets an upgrade with this strawberry spinach salad. How? There are both sliced strawberries and strawberries in the salad dressing, for a total of four strawberries. I guarantee you’ll start using this strawberry vinaigrette as your go-to salad dressing from now on. It’s vibrant pink from the use of ripe, juicy strawberries, and it’s sweet and tangy thanks to the use of maple syrup. Better still, you can blend it up in just 5 minutes! THAT GOOD.
A Recipe for Strawberry and Spinach Salad
This simple strawberry spinach salad is packed with flavor thanks to the high quality ingredients. Once you have fresh, gorgeous strawberries and a nice, colorful strawberry salad dressing, you’ll need a few additional things to round off the dish. The only other ingredients besides the berries and vinaigrette are:
- Spinach salads that are made up of only spinach, however, can be rather flavorful. Is there a solution to this problem? Put in some greens, please! There are five cups of spinach leaves and three cups of mixed greens in this strawberry spinach salad.
- Red onion slices: the combination of strawberry and red onion is delicious. The onion’s sharp flavor pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of the fruit. How can I achieve that photo-perfect cut? See Onion Cutter Guide for details.
- Chopped pecans provide a satisfying crunch and a nice textural contrast. Any kind of nut, such as walnuts, pistachios, almonds, etc., will work fine.
- Without the crumbled cheese, this strawberry spinach salad can be enjoyed by vegans. Feta or goat cheese crumbles, on the other hand, are ideal for adding a savory, salty accent.
Strawberry salad preparation techniques
How should berries be sliced when used in a salad? A buddy and I were working on this the other day. She attempted a crosswise cut, but the strawberries came out in perfect little circles instead! If that’s your intended outcome, then by all means, go for it! But here is the photo’s exact method of cutting them:
- Remove the strawberry’s stem before eating. Start by angling a sharp paring knife at the stem’s base. Make a shallow slash and spin the strawberry on the blade. Instead of severing the stem, this does so (read more here). If you’re in a hurry, just snip the stalk where it meets the greens.
- Make long, thin slices. To preserve the strawberry’s distinctive shape, cut it lengthwise into thin pieces.
The recipe for strawberry spinach salad is complete. If you decide to try it out, please share your experience with us below! This is one of those rare works that almost everyone enjoys.
Vegan and devoid of gluten. If you’re following a vegan or dairy-free diet, skip the cheese.
For the strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing (makes 1 ¼ cups total)
- 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
For the strawberry spinach salad
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 handful thin sliced red onion
- 5 cups baby spinach leaves
- 3 cups mixed greens
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles (optional)
- ½ cup Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
- Dress the strawberry salad by mixing: Blend everything together in a conventional blender, a mini blender, or an immersion blender. (An immersion blender or mini blender is the quickest option, but a regular blender will work too; just blend for a few minutes until smooth.)
- Get the salad fixings ready: Remove the stem ends and cut the strawberries in half lengthwise. Cut the red onion very thinly (as demonstrated in the video). Spinach and other greens should be washed if necessary. Finely chop the pecans (you can roast them first if you have time).
- Serve: Assemble the salads as directed, plating the greens first and then topping them with the other components. You can store any extra dressing for up to a week in the fridge.
- 18%Total Fat 13.9g
- Saturated Fat 2.8g
- 5%Total Carbohydrate 13g
- 12%Dietary Fiber 3.4g
- Sugars 8.2g
- 8%Protein 3.9g
- 22%Vitamin A 199.1µg
- 55%Vitamin C 49.6mg
- 9%Calcium 113.2mg
- 9%Iron 1.7mg
- 0%Vitamin D 0.1µg
- 12%Magnesium 52.3mg
- 9%Potassium 425mg
- 11%Vitamin B6 0.2mg
- 7%Vitamin B12 0.2µg
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