by Olena

Strawberry Spinach Salad

by Olena

Healthy Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe with toasted pecans, feta or goat cheese, strawberries, spinach, red onion and super simple balsamic dressing. Takes 10 minutes and everyone will rave about this salad!

The best and easy (I googled) strawberry spinach salad recipe on the whole entire planet Earth! And healthy. It is also really stunning, colourful and tasty salad for any gathering. A definite remake!

Is Strawberry Spinach Salad Good for You?

Did you know that a 10-11 oz box of baby spinach that goes into this salad contains 69 grams of fiber, 89 grams of protein and some crazy amount of vitamins A and K?! 89 grams of protein in grass spinach! No wonder cows are so big and strong. Kids, please note that.

Also sweet strawberries loaded with vitamin C, toasted pecans full of healthy fats, zesty red onion that is nature’s antibiotic. And what can usually kill even the healthiest ingredients is the dressing. But not our healthy balsamic vinaigrette.

Tip: I always buy organic spinach and strawberries. That’s why we eat strawberries only when in season. These 2 produce items are heavily sprayed with pesticides that are impossible to wash off. Please check Dirty Dozen for other produce that is important to buy organic. Strawberries rank #1 and spinach is listed as #2 for most contaminated foods!!!

What’s in the Dressing?

I know homemade salad dressing can be intimidating. Never know what to add and the ratio. But this strawberry spinach salad dressing is embarrassingly easy to make with 4 ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Maple syrup
  • Soy sauce

Don’t love balsamic? Try my healthy poppy seed dressing instead. Both dressings can be prepared ahead and refrigerated for up to 4-5 days. Just warm up balsamic vinaigrette on a counter for 15 minutes and give it a shake afterwards. It will be smooth and flowing again.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Bad weather and can’t find strawberries? Use fresh blueberries or blackberries instead.
  • Want to make it in fall? Apples and pears are a great option instead of strawberries.
  • Also some readers love to add pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges.
  • Out of pecans? Roast almonds, chopped walnuts or even cashews.
  • Feta crumbles are great substitute for goat cheese.

Healthy Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe with toasted pecans, feta or goat cheese, strawberries, spinach, red onion and super simple balsamic dressing. Takes 10 minutes and everyone will rave about this salad!

Can I Make Ahead This Salad?

Spinach and strawberry salad is a great make ahead salad. It is a perfect candidate for Easter or Mother’s Day brunch when strawberries are in season. Refrigerate covered salad in a bowl and dressing in a jar separately for up to 2 days. I always buy pre-washed organic baby spinach, so I can easily add it to a salad bowl right before mixing. If you like nuts super crunchy, store them separately in a dry place. Nuts absorb the moisture really in the bowl and fridge fast.

More Spinach and Leafy Greens Salads to Try:

And may I suggest this healthy strawberry smoothie? I know it’s not a salad but it’s SO GOOD!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

5 from 2 reviews

The only strawberry spinach salad recipe you will ever need! We include tons of substitutions, takes only 10 minutes and everyone will rave about this salad!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings (side dish) 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chopping + Roasting
  • Cuisine: North American

Ingredients

Strawberry Spinach Salad:

  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and sliced in halves (quarters)
  • 3 oz goat or feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup (to taste) red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 11 oz box baby spinach (prewashed)

Balsamic Dressing:

Instructions

  1. Preheat ceramic non-stick medium skillet on medium heat and add pecans. Toast for about 3 minutes or until fragrant, stirring frequently.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Balsamic Dressing Ingredients and whisk with a fork.
  3. In a large bowl, add spinach and top with strawberries, cheese, red onion and toasted pecans. Drizzle dressing on top and stir gently until well combined.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 24 hours.

Make Ahead: Refrigerate covered salad and dressing separately for up to 2 days. If you like nuts super crunchy, store them separately in a pantry.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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