Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

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This easy strawberry spinach salad recipe is super quick to put together and brings you back to the basics of clean eating.

This very healthy strawberry spinach salad is more than just a delicious combination of fruit and vegetables. It is also rich in phytochemicals that seem to offer important anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects.

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One of the things I truly love about clean eating is the simplicity of the ingredients I get to use. I appreciate the beauty in a spinach leaf, the vivacity of a red strawberry, and the earthiness of a pecan. There is such beauty in pairing these types of ingredients together. Ingredients that not only nourish our tummies but our souls as well.

A simple salad is like a well-orchestrated symphony of flavors, textures, and nutrients. As the staccato increases with the sweetness of a berry on our tongue, the tempo then slows again with the more down-to-earth spinach or walnut. A dressing added is akin to sweet notes still hanging in the air after the orchestra is exhausted and fulfilled.

This is a great salad for special occasions such as Easter or Mother’s Day. But it’s equally as wonderful for a Wednesday night dinner at home.

What Dressing To Use For Strawberry Spinach Salad

While you can use any dressing that tastes good to you, there are some that taste better than others. I tend to lean toward vinaigrette-type dressings as opposed to creamy dressings. But again, it’s a personal choice.

My absolute favorite dressing with this salad is Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better. But You can also use a garlic vinaigrette, mustard vinaigrette, or even an Italian dressing.

If you like to make your own dressings without a recipe, some great oils are olive oil or avocado oil

For vinegars, balsamic vinegar (white or red) or apple cider vinegar are great choices.

A tasty extra to add to your dressing is dijon mustard.

Make your dressing separately. You can blend it in a blender, or simply combine everything in a jar and shake it well.

Can I Make Spinach Strawberry Salad Ahead Of Time?

You can. Although, I wouldn’t make it too far in advance without leaving off the avocado and strawberries. Those really should be added at the last minute to make sure they stay fresh.

An overhead view of a white bowl filled with Strawberry Spinach Salad.

What To Serve With Strawberry Spinach Salad

If this salad will be the main course, then easy sides like crusty garlic bread or a bowl of soup make a wonderful addition to round out your meal.

Recipe Variations

There are so many different ways you can make a spinach salad. Here are some ideas to help keep things interesting!

  • Switch out the meat for shredded, grilled chicken or salmon, or leave it off completely for a plant-based meal.
  • Add a little sweetness to the salad by adding a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Try different berries such as raspberries or fresh blueberries. Even blackberries will work well here. Or you can get adventurous and add different fruits altogether such as mandarin oranges or nectarines.
  • Add more veggies! Chopped red bell peppers are always a nice addition here, as are cucumbers.
  • Add some cheese. Feta cheese is a wonderful addition, as are different types of goat cheese. Blue cheese or gorgonzola are more great options here.
  • Add some cooked grains such as quinoa, farro, or brown rice.
  • Try different nuts. Instead of pecans or walnuts, try almonds or brazil nuts.
  • Add a little more “zing” by drizzling on some apple cider vinegar, or even by using a balsamic vinaigrette. Add a splash of lemon juice or orange juice for a nice accent.
  • Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper. These two flavor enhancers work wonders on salads like these!
  • Add some seeds such as poppyseeds or sunflower seeds. Even pumpkin seeds would be tasty!

What Goes In Strawberry Spinach Salad?

Raw baby spinach leaves – You can use regular spinach too. Just chop it up to a size you like.

Strawberries – Wash, de-stem, and slice these before adding them to your salad.

Pecans – You can also use walnuts. Keep the pieces on the smaller side for a more enjoyable salad.

Avocado – While this is optional, it’s delicious!

Red onions – You can slice or chop these. Whichever you prefer.

Bacon – cooked to your liking and chopped. Use good quality bacon without added sugar. I used turkey bacon from Applegate (Not paid to promote them).

Dressing – Whichever you prefer. See notes above for ideas.

How To Make Strawberry Spinach Salad

An overhead view looking down into a white bowl filled with Strawberry Spinach Salad.

Prep all your ingredients so that everything is washed, chopped and cooked where necessary. Put everything into a bowl and toss with dressing.

How To Store Strawberry Spinach Salad

This salad will keep pretty well if packed in an airtight container and stored in the fridge. But I would store the strawberries and avocado separately from the rest of the salad if possible. This will keep in the fridge, at most, for 2 to 3 days.

Recipe Supplies

For this recipe, you’ll need a good knife and cutting board, as well as a large mixing bowl to easily toss your salad with dressing.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

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A white bowl sits on a white surface and is filled with Strawberry Spinach Salad.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This fresh, delicious salad is perfect for strawberry season! You can adjust the fat content by using more or fewer walnuts.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 472kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach (I used baby spinach)
  • 1 cup strawberries (sliced)
  • ¼ cup pecans (chopped)
  • ¼ medium avocado (optional)
  • ¼ cup sliced red onions
  • 3 slices bacon (cooked to your liking and chopped)
  • Dressing (see link above)

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients in a bowl and toss with dressing.
    An overhead view looking down into a white bowl filled with Strawberry Spinach Salad.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Also, the avocado has been included in this data. Omit to lower fat content.

Nutrition

Serving: 1entire recipe | Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1012mg | Potassium: 1066mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5731IU | Vitamin C: 107mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 4mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 5/26/2013.

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12 Comments

  1. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    What a gorgeous salad!!! Strawberries and spinach are perfect together.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jocelyn – Yes they are!

  2. Christine P says:

    Thank you for starting to post less desserts! There is a place for it, but with Clean Eating, it shouldn’t be often. I’ll stick to little grain/flour/chocolate most of the time because even though something is “clean”, it doesn’t mean it is healthy for you. It’s hard to not fall into that trap.

    This salad, along with your vinaigrette, looks so yummy though, and definitely a daily meal 🙂 Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christine – Thanks! 🙂

  3. Hi! That salad looks AMAZING! I’m lucky that my fiancé is willing to eat anything I put in front of him! We’re new to clean eating but I have a feeling this salad will be on my menu soon!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Karissa – Awesome! I hope you both enjoy it. 🙂

  4. I made this salad last night & it was simply delish! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ronda – Fabulous! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  5. Idajean Waterous says:

    Looks good for the church picnic next week, I like to add goat cheese or feta. Yummm.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Idajean – I so wish I liked goat cheese. I can see where it would go well with this, but I just couldn’t bring myself to add it. Me and goat milk/cheese just do not get along. ~Sigh~

  6. A beautiful salad. Love.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicci – Thanks! 🙂

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