Strawberry Spinach Salad

This strawberry spinach salad has double the strawberries: both sliced and in a tangy strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing!

Strawberry spinach salad

Get ready for your favorite salad of the season: strawberry spinach salad! Oh yes. This salad accessorizes with just about every meal, and tastes incredible. It starts with a tangy and lightly sweet strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing (yum!), then spinach, strawberries, and thin sliced red onion. Top it off with a few crunchies: chopped pecans and a bit of salty feta, and you’ve got one extremely delicious side salad. Alex and I like it with pizza, with salmon, with pasta: ok it goes with just about everything! AND our toddler Larson loves it too. Keep reading for our tasty strawberry spinach salad recipe.

Salad dressing

How to make strawberry spinach salad

This strawberry spinach salad is simple to make, but the components all make for big flavor.
We actually have another strawberry salad with balsamic dressing that we also love, but this new strawberry salad takes it up a notch with double strawberries + strawberry dressing! Here are a few notes about how to make the salad and why we chose each:

  • Strawberry salad dressing: This is your new favorite salad dressing: promise! It’s tangy, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, and bright pink using juicy ripe strawberries. And it only takes 5 minutes to blend up! SO GOOD.
  • Mix of spinach + greens: So, here’s a little tip. We’ve found that full on spinach salads can be super intense on the flavor, so we’ve toned down the spinach by adding some mixed greens too. It cuts the intense spinach flavor! In this strawberry spinach salad we’ve called for 5 cups spinach and 3 cups mixed greens.
  • Thinly sliced red onions: Strawberries + red onion is actually a really great flavor combination: the savory bite of the onion is just perfect against the juicy berry. And, those thin purple curves look so lovely! If you’re wondering how to cut them like in the photo, see our video How to Cut an Onion.
  • Chopped pecans: Pecans add a crunch that’s a perfect texture contrast: of course you could use any nuts you like: walnuts, pistachios, almonds, etc.
  • Cheese crumbles: This strawberry spinach salad could easily be vegan / plant based without the cheese: there is big flavor without it! But if you’d like a savory, salty note, feta cheese or goat cheese are just perfection.
Strawberry spinach salad

How to cut strawberries for salad

OK, one quick note about how to cut strawberries for salad! The other day my friend and I were making this and she went to cut the strawberries: she thinly sliced them parallel with the top so that they looked like little circles! Of course that’s great if that’s what you’re going for! But to cut them like in the photo, slice of the top of the strawberry as close to the greens as possible. Then cut thin slices lengthwise so you get that beautiful strawberry shape. Cutting as close to the greens as possible helps you keep that strawberry shape: otherwise you get stubby-looking slices.

And that’s it: how to make strawberry spinach salad! Let us know if you give it a try: it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like this one!

Strawberry spinach salad

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Outside of this strawberry spinach salad recipe, here are a few of our favorite salads on A Couple Cooks:

Strawberry spinach salad

This strawberry spinach salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For dairy-free, plant-based, and vegan, omit the cheese.

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Strawberry spinach salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This strawberry spinach salad has double the strawberries: both sliced and in a tangy strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing!


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Ingredients

For the strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing (makes 1 1/4 cups total)

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 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
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Instructions

  1. Make the strawberry salad dressing: In an immersion blender, small blender or standard blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. (An immersion blender and small blender are the quickest, but you can also use a standard blender: just blend for a few minutes until fully combined.)
  2. Prepare the salad ingredients: Slice off the tops of the strawberries, then slice them long-wise. Thinly slice the red onion (see the video for this method). If necessary, wash the spinach and mixed greens. Chop the pecans.
  3. To serve, place the greens on plates and top with all ingredients, then drizzle with the strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing (about 2 tablespoons per serving). Refrigerate the remaining dressing for up to 1 week.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry spinach salad, Strawberry salad, Strawberry summer salad, Strawberry salad dressing, Strawberry vinaigrette, Healthy salad recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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