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Spinach Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

For a light dinner, this spinach and strawberry salad perfectly fills the bill. The spinach (with a light coating of olive oil) warms and absorbs the strawberry dressing, while the strawberries sweeten and brighten the salad. Feel free to substitute strawberries for other varieties of stone fruit, like peaches or apricots.

This is a great spring salad, overflowing with fresh vegetables, and with a tasty strawberry vinaigrette. You can also make it with pomegranate seeds for a beautiful color. I used strawberries because they are in season right now, but this is also delicious with raspberries or blueberries, or any other fresh fruit in season.

This week, my mother wanted a plan with which to make our healthy meals more interesting. She was far from a vegetarian, but she wanted to eat more healthily. As a result, I set out to create a recipe that would taste great, but also incorporate some of the ingredients she might not regularly use. After a little thought, I landed on a spinach/strawberry salad with strawberry vinaigrette.

A simple salad of spinach, strawberries, toasted almonds, and goat cheese tossed in a homemade strawberry vinaigrette. This Strawberry Spinach Salad is the ideal summer salad!

This recipe was inspired by a salad I recently enjoyed at a local restaurant. It was light, flavorful, and the ideal summer salad. It was a little too sweet for my tastes, so I made a similar version at home and tweaked it to my liking.

Baby spinach, fresh strawberries, toasted almonds, cranberries, and goat cheese are all combined in this salad, which is dressed in strawberry vinaigrette. It’s light and refreshing, and it’s simple to prepare.

When I first had goat cheese some years ago, I was not a fan. But, with time, I’ve grown to appreciate it, particularly in salads, crostini, and pizza.

Ingredients

This Spinach Strawberry Salad only requires a few ingredients.

ingredients for spinach salad arranged on a board

Baby Spinach: I get this triple-washed packet of baby spinach from Costco, which is wonderful for this salad. Regular spinach would also suffice. Arugula and spinach can also be combined.

Strawberries: the best strawberries to use are fresh, sweet strawberries. Blueberries can undoubtedly be used in its place.

Trader Joe’s sliced toasted almonds: For this salad, I used Trader Joe’s sliced toasted almonds. You can substitute any other nut of your choice. Pecans and walnuts can be used, but they must be toasted first.

The onion provides a great crunch, and we adore raw red onions! If you don’t like onions, leave them out.

Cranberries: Dried cranberries give the salad a hint of sweetness and acidity. Dried cherries or raisins can be substituted.

Goat cheese: I adore the combination of spinach and goat cheese. The creamy goat cheese complements the dish well. Feta cheese can also be substituted for goat cheese.

vinaigrette with strawberries: prepared with fresh strawberries, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, salt, and pepper in a simple vinaigrette. Make sure the strawberries are sweet; if they aren’t, add more maple syrup. Apple cider vinegar can be used in place of rice wine vinegar.

Step-by-step instructions

Make the strawberry vinaigrette first. Chop the stems from the strawberries and combine them with the remaining ingredients in a blender, including olive oil, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. You can add more maple syrup if the strawberries aren’t sweet enough. If desired, sugar can be added.

Blend everything together until it’s completely smooth. Set this aside for now. This should yield around a cup of vinaigrette.

strawberry vinaigrette in a blender

1- In a large mixing basin, place the spinach leaves. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of the vinaigrette that has been prepared. You can add more or less dressing, but you don’t want too much (serve extra on the side later), just enough to moisten the leaves. Using a spoon and fork, thoroughly combine the ingredients.

2- Next, add the chopped strawberries, sliced onions, sliced almonds, and cranberries to the mixture.

3- Toss until everything is completely incorporated and the dressing is evenly distributed throughout the salad.

4- Serve with extra strawberry vinaigrette on the side and fresh goat cheese on top.

step by step picture collage of making spinach strawberry salad

Suggestions for Serving

You may serve this salad with a crusty bread or as a side dish.

Even a basic focaccia will complement this salad perfectly.

Tips & Notes

  • You can use a combination of spinach and arugula in this salad. You can use any green mix here; I frequently use a bag of Trader Joe’s “spring mix.”
  • This spinach strawberry vinaigrette isn’t very sweet, but you can certainly add more maple syrup to make it sweeter. To make it sweeter, you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Don’t use too much dressing; you want everything to be wet but not saturated in it. Serve extra dressing on the side so that people can eat the salad with as much dressing as they want.
  • Simply leave out the goat cheese to make this spinach strawberry salad vegan.

bowl of salad with spinach strawberries, almonds

Recipes for Salads

Chickpea Salad, My Favorite

Salad with mango and arugula

Salad with Quinoa and Chickpeas

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Salad of Spinach and Strawberries with Strawberry Vinaigrette

bowl of salad with spinach strawberries, almonds

Manali

Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Almonds, Goat Cheese and fresh strawberry vinaigrette. An easy and fresh summer salad!

15-minute prep time

14-minute total time

As a side dish, it serves 6 people.

calorie count: 160 kcal

Strawberry vinaigrette

  • 1 cup (150-160 grams) strawberries, stems removed, in a blender with the remaining ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper You can add more maple syrup if the strawberries aren’t sweet enough. If desired, sugar can be added. Blend everything together until it’s completely smooth. Set this aside for now. This should yield around a cup of vinaigrette.

Salad

  • In a large mixing bowl, place 10 ounces baby spinach leaves. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of the vinaigrette that has been prepared. You can add more or less dressing, but you don’t want too much (serve extra on the side), just enough to moisten the leaves.

  • Using a spoon and fork, thoroughly combine the ingredients. Add the 2 cups chopped strawberries, sliced onions, 1/4 cup sliced almonds, and 1/4 cup cranberries after that. Mix until everything is fully incorporated and the dressing is evenly distributed throughout the salad.

  • Serve the salad with extra strawberry vinaigrette on the side and 3 ounces of fresh goat cheese on top.

  • You can use a combination of spinach and arugula in this salad. You can use any green mix here; I frequently use a bag of Trader Joe’s “spring mix.”
  • This spinach strawberry vinaigrette isn’t very sweet, but you can certainly add more maple syrup to make it sweeter. To make it sweeter, you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Don’t use too much dressing; you want everything to be wet but not saturated in it. Serve extra dressing on the side so that people can eat the salad with as much dressing as they want.
  • If you wish, you can increase the amount of goat cheese.
  • Simply leave out the goat cheese to make this vegan.

calorie count: 160 kcal 12g Carbohydrates 6 g protein 11g fat 3 g saturated fat 1 gram polyunsaturated fat 6 g monounsaturated fat 1 gram of trans fat 7 milligrams of cholesterol Sodium (mg): 188 454 mg potassium 4 g fiber 6 g sugar 4589 IU Vitamin A 58 milligrams of vitamin C 100 mg calcium 2 mg iron

While you may associate spinach with the healthiest foods, it has a high calorie count, so it is better to use it in salads than to eat it in the shape of a side dish.. Read more about strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing and candied pecans and let us know what you think.

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