Strawberry Spinach Salad

By Rena |

This Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe is a hearty and delicious healthy salad loaded with flavor and perfect to enjoy all year long. Light, healthy, easy to make, and ready in just 20 minutes.

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A hearty and delicious spinach salad recipe loaded with strawberries, pecans, feta cheese, and then tossed in with a homemade honey mustard dressing. Light and healthy salad that pairs well with almost every meal. Make this strawberry spinach salad all year long with family and friends. It is quick, easy to make, loaded with flavor, and oh so delicious. You can make this salad into a complete meal by topping it with some chicken like this Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken or this Cilantro Lime Chicken recipe.

Why you will love this spinach salad

  • Quick and easy: Super easy to make this strawberry chicken salad. Ready in 20 minutes or less.
  • Healthy: Hearty and healthy salad loaded with iron and antioxidants
  • Delicious: This spinach salad recipe is full of flavor and tossed in with a delicious homemade honey mustard dressing.
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Ingredients you will need

For the salad:

red onion, very thinly sliced 

baby spinach 

fresh strawberries

raw pecans or walnuts

crumbled feta cheese

Strawberry Spinach Salad Mustard Dressing:

Dijon mustard

extra-virgin olive oil

apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice

honey

garlic clove

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

ingredients to make this spinach strawberry salad

How to make strawberry spinach salad from scratch

  • Step 1: In a small bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use. Soak the onion in very cold water for up to 15 minutes if you prefer a milder taste. Then drain and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Step 2: Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients: wash and spin dry the spinach, hull and quarter the strawberries, chop the nuts.
  • Step 3: To a large serving bowl add the spinach, onions, strawberries, nuts and half of the crumbled cheese. Drizzle the dressing and gently stir to combine.
  • Step 4: Top with remaining crumbled cheese and serve!
close up strawberry spinach salad

Recipe notes and tips

  • Spinach: Use any other greens of choice
  • Nuts: We used pecans, but you can use walnuts 
  • Cheese: Instead of feta cheese, you can use blue or goat cheese 
  • Honey: Use maple syrup instead 
  • Oil: instead of olive oil, you may use another oil like grape seed oil or avocado oil
  • Make ahead: prepare salad without dressing. Make and store the dressing separately and toss it in with the salad when ready to eat.
  • Consider protein toppers like chicken, shrimp, or salmon.
  • Add other berries like blueberries.
  • Once mixed, the salad wont store well because it will wilt and become soggy.
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frequently asked questions

Can you eat spinach raw in salad?

Milder young Baby spinach is fine to eat raw in salads compared to the thicker and more mature spinach thats usually used in cooking.

What dressing goes with strawberry spinach salad?

The best dressings for strawberry spinach salads are vinegar or lemon based dressings. You can keep it very simple and use a lemon, oil, salt and pepper dressing. Other great dressings are honey balsamic vinaigrettes, lemon poppyseed, or honey mustard.

How to store spinach salad?

It is better to store your spinach salad before you toss it in with the dressing. The acidity or the dressing will wilt the spinach and the strawberries. You will end up with a soggy salad the following day. Store the dressing on the side and mix it in when ready to serve.

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top view strawberry and spinach salad with pecans and feta

Strawberry Spinach Salad

A simple spinach salad recipe made with added strawberries, tossed in with a delicious mustard dressing, and topped with pecans and feta cheesee.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1/2 small red onion very thinly sliced
  • 8 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 8 oz fresh strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans or walnuts chopped
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Mustard Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 small garlic clove grated or minced
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Soak the onion in very cold water for up to 15 minutes if you prefer a milder taste. Then drain and pat dry with a paper towel
  • Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients: wash and spin dry the spinach, hull and quarter the strawberries, chop the nuts.
  • To a large serving bowl add the spinach, onions, strawberries, nuts, and half of the crumbled cheese. Drizzle the dressing and gently stir to combine.
  • Top with remaining crumbled cheese and serve!

Notes

  • Spinach: Use any other greens of choice
  • Nuts: We used pecans, but you can use walnuts 
  • Cheese: Instead of feta cheese, you can use blue or goat cheese 
  • Honey: Use maple syrup instead 
  • Oil: instead of olive oil, you may use another oil like grapeseed oil or avocado oil
  • Make ahead: prepare salad without dressing. Make and store the dressing separately and toss it in with the salad when ready to eat. 

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5455IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 2mg
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