Strawberry Summer Salad

This strawberry summer salad is just right for summer, featuring tangy strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing, red onion, pecans, and juicy berries!

Strawberry summer salad

Are you ready for summer? Got your flip flops and your grill and your frosé? Alright then, we’ve got one more thing for you: this delightful strawberry summer salad! It’s got double the strawberries: both raw berries and a tangy sweet strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing. Mix that with spinach, mixed greens, thin sliced red onion, chopped walnuts or pecans, and a bit of salty feta, and you’ve got one extremely delicious summer salad. Alex and I love serving it with pizza, grilled shrimp, grilled veggie skewers: it goes with just about everything! And our toddler Larson loves it, so it’s also kid friendly. Keep reading for our strawberry summer salad recipe: and you’ll become a believer too!

Salad dressing

How to make strawberry summer salad

This strawberry summer 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:

For the dressing

This strawberry salad dressing is our new favorite salad dressing: I’m not sure I want to make another one again. (And we have almost 20 salad dressing recipes for you! This one’s a true favorite.) It’s tangy, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, and bright pink using juicy ripe strawberries. And it only takes 5 minutes to blend up! You can use either an immersion blender or small blender, or a standard sized blender — the smaller blenders blend up quicker!

For the greens

Here we’ve used a mix of baby spinach and mixed greens: though of course you can use any salad greens you like! We’ve found that 100% spinach salads can be super intense on the flavor, so we’ve toned down the spinach by adding some mixed greens too. See what’s available at your local market or grocery.

Salad

For the toppings

Of course, quality ripe strawberries are of utmost importance here. Please promise us that you’ll only use beautifully ripe, red strawberries? Some grocery berries are artificially ripened and look red, even though their flavor is tart and unripe. Make sure to use the best berries you can find! And if you’re looking to mix it up with the type of berry, try our Blueberry Salad or Blackberry Salad.

This strawberry summer salad features thinly sliced red onions, because 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 nuts add a perfect texture contrast crunch: you could make this a strawberry walnut salad, strawberry pecan salad, strawberry pistachio salad: whichever you like or have on hand! And this strawberry summer salad can easily be vegan / plant based without the cheese crumbles: there is big flavor without it and it’s not needed! But if you’d like a savory, salty note, adding cheese crumbles is a nice touch: consider feta, goat cheese or even Parmesan.

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

Strawberry summer salad

Looking for more summer salad recipes?

Outside of this strawberry summer salad recipe, here are a few of our favorite salads perfect for summer!

Strawberry summer salad

Looking for salad dressing recipes?

And if you’re looking for more salad dressings outside of this strawberry summer salad, here are some favorites in our collection!

This strawberry summer salad recipe is…

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

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Strawberry Summer 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 summer salad is just right for summer, featuring tangy strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing, red onion, pecans, and juicy berries!


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Ingredients

For the strawberry 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 summer 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, walnuts, almonds or pistachios
  • 1/4 cup feta or goat cheese crumbles (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Strawberry 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 summer salad, Strawberry salad, Strawberry spinach 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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