by Olena

Strawberry Spinach Salad (Video)

by Olena

5 from 7 reviews

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 7 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
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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.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I was looking for an easy and simple meal on Friday night and decided to go for this salad. I had some grilled chicken on the side. The salad is delicious and I loved the dressing.

  2. This was delicious. Will be making it again! I Decreased the amount of maple syrup a bit since the vinegar was pretty sweet.

  3. Fantastic. Quick and easy too. I used blue cheese and felt I’d like it a bit sweeter…(only had pretend maple, not the real thing) so I added some honey. It will be a staple in our house for sure. Thanks a lot.

  4. I made this today for lunch and enjoyed all of the fresh, complimentary flavors and textures! The balsamic dressing is the best homemade balsamic dressing I have ever been able to make myself. I usually struggle with getting the right proportions or the right flavors, but this recipe is spot on perfect and will be my new go-to dressing for many different salad recipes! I added cubed chicken to this salad since my husband prefers a meat protein in his meals (I baked chicken tenders in the oven with EVOO, fresh garlic, salt, pepper and a little hot chili pepper) and we also added croutons. I will definitely make this again!

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