Strawberry Spinach Salad – Dinner at the Zoo

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This strawberry spinach salad is a blend of baby spinach leaves, fresh strawberries, red onion, almonds, feta cheese and avocado, all tossed in a poppyseed dressing. A fresh and colorful salad that’s fit for any occasion!

When the weather warms up, I’m all about salads. I often find myself making watermelon salad, berry fruit salad and this light and delicious strawberry spinach salad.

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A bowl of strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing, feta cheese and sliced avocado.

How do you make strawberry spinach salad?

This salad starts with baby spinach leaves, which go into a bowl with quartered strawberries, sliced almonds, avocado, red onion and crumbled feta cheese. A simple homemade poppy seed dressing goes over the top and everything is tossed together. After that, you’ll be ready to eat!

Strawberries, almonds, feta cheese and avocado in a salad bowl.

How do you clean fresh spinach?

I typically buy a bag of pre-washed spinach leaves, but you can also buy a bunch of spinach leaves and wash them yourself. I recommend soaking spinach leaves in a bowl of cold water, then gently swishing them around to remove any dirt. Repeat the process until the water is clear, then use a salad spinner to dry your greens.

Is spinach salad healthy?

There are many components of this salad that are good for you. Spinach is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, magnesium and potassium. Strawberries contain plenty of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Avocados and almonds are a great source of healthy fat, and feta cheese contains protein. That being said, the dressing for this salad does contain some sugar and oil, so just watch your portion size if you’re keeping track of your calorie intake.

Poppy seed dressing being poured over strawberries, spinach and avocado.

Tips for strawberry spinach salad

  • This salad is best served immediately as the spinach leaves will eventually wilt in the dressing.
  • The dressing can be made up to 3 day in advance.
  • I like to buy a block of feta cheese and crumble it myself, I think it tastes much better than pre-crumbled feta cheese which often contains anti-caking agents and other preservatives.
  • I buy a bag of toasted sliced almonds for this recipe. You can toast your own almonds by placing them on foil in the toaster oven for 2-3 minutes on the toast setting, or by toasting them in a dry pan on the stove. Watch carefully so that your nuts don’t burn.
  • I use a mandoline to slice my red onion into paper thin shavings. You can also finely mince your onion if you prefer.

Salad tongs in a bowl of spinach salad with strawberries.

Strawberry spinach salad variations

There are so many different ways to mix up the ingredients in this salad for a different flavor combination.

  • Fruit: Try raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples or pears instead of strawberries.
  • Greens: Use baby kale or arugula instead of spinach.
  • Nuts: This recipe is also great with pecans, walnuts or pine nuts. You can even use candied pecans for a sweet finish!
  • Cheese: While I love this salad with feta, it also works well with goat cheese or blue cheese.

A bowl of strawberry spinach salad with feta cheese, almonds and avocado.

This strawberry spinach salad is sure to be a staple on your dinner table all spring and summer long. That combination of fresh ingredients just can’t be beat!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

This strawberry spinach salad is a blend of baby spinach leaves, fresh strawberries, red onion, almonds, feta cheese and avocado, all tossed in a poppyseed dressing. A fresh and colorful salad that’s fit for any occasion!

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups strawberries quartered
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place the spinach, strawberries, almonds, red onion, avocado and feta cheese in a large bowl.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper. 

  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 502mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 58.3% | Vitamin C: 49.1% | Calcium: 14.8% | Iron: 10.3%

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