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posted: 05/03/21

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This Strawberry Spinach Salad is the perfect side dish for a family dinner, or a great lunch! Beautiful ripe strawberries, sliced toasted almonds, feta cheese, and red onions all on a bed of rich green spinach and tossed with homemade balsamic poppy seed dressing. 

overhead view of strawberry spinach salad in wooden bowl

This Strawberry Spinach Salad is a very popular recipe here on Simple Joy. And for good reason too! It is easy to make, delicious, and a crowd pleaser.

This recipe is perfect to bring to a potluck or a family reunion. It also makes a great addition to a BBQ on the back deck or just a summer lunch.

How to Make a Strawberry Spinach Salad

  1. Make the salad dressing: Combine all of the ingredients for the salad dressing in a mason jar and shake to combine.
  2. Slice the onions and strawberries: The only chopping that needs to happen with this recipe is the strawberries and the red onion.
  3. Toss to combine: Toss all of the salad ingredients to combine. If you are serving this at a party or get together, I suggest leaving the dressing off and letting your guests top their own salads.
overhead view of spinach strawberry salad with red onions, toasted almonds, and feta cheese

What Goes in a Strawberry Spinach Salad

There are so many different ways to make this salad. I love the combination of ingredients below for the perfect mix of flavor and texture.

  • Spinach
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Feta Cheese
  • Sliced Red Onions
  • Sliced Toasted Almonds

Then I topped it all with a homemade Poppy Seed Balsamic Dressing that took me less than 10 minutes to make.

For the full printable recipe, make sure you go to the bottom of the post!

side view of strawberry spinach salad with balsamic poppyseed dressing being poured on it

Strawberry Spinach Salad Dressing

For this salad, we are going to make a really simple salad dressing that – a balsamic poppyseed dressing.

Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • sugar
  • poppyseeds
  • red onions

One of the things I love so much about this salad dressing is that I have all the ingredients I need for it in my pantry all of the time.

If you are concerned about sugar, or want to make this salad a little lighter, I suggest cutting the sugar in half, tasting it, and then adding more until you get the flavor you are looking for.

overhead view of strawberry spinach salad

Variations and Substitutions

One of the reasons I love making salads is they are so easy to make your own. It is easy to swap out one ingredient for another.

Here are some ideas:

  • Replace the feta cheese with goat cheese. The softness of this cheese, would go perfectly with the strawberries.
  • Take out the almonds and put in some candied walnuts instead!
  • Not a big fan of red onions in your salad? Swap them out for avocado.
  • Don’t really feel like making your own salad dressing? Buy some balsamic dressing! I won’t tell anyone, I swear.
  • Feel like it needs a little something something still? Toss in some homemade croutons!

There are no wrong answers when it comes to this Strawberry Spinach Almond Salad. Except not making it. That would be the wrong answer.

Seriously, if you feel like you don’t eat enough salads, this is a great one to start with. It has fruit! And cheese! And a sweet dressing.

It’s like a gateway salad.

Adding Chicken

If you want to make a meal out of this recipe, add some chicken breasts! Add a little olive oil, salt, and pepper to chicken breasts and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Slice the chicken and add to this salad.

Or, instead of putting your chicken in the oven, throw it on the grill! You could even marinate the chicken in balsamic dressing first and then grill it. The flavors would work perfectly in this salad.

strawberry spinach salad in large bowl with balsamic dressing

FAQ

What can I use instead of feta cheese?

If you aren’t a feta cheese fan, some suggestions are shaved Parmesan, blue cheese, or goat cheese.

I’m allergic to tree nuts, can I leave out the almonds?

Yes, of course! Sunflower seeds are delicious in salads and would be a great replacement in this recipe.

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes. I would suggest making everything the night before but leave the strawberries whole and off to the side, and leave off the salad dressing. Slice the strawberries and add them right before serving.

If you make this spinach and strawberry salad, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you.

overhead view of strawberry spinach salad in wooden bowl
5 from 7 votes

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 15 minutes
This Strawberry Spinach salad with it’s balsamic poppyseed dressing is the perfect easy side dish for a picnic or BBQ, or just a weeknight meal!

Ingredients

For Strawberry Spinach Salad

  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 quart strawberries quartered
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup almond slices toasted (see note)
  • 4 ounces feta cheese

For Balsamic Poppyseed Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseeds
  • 1 tablespoon minced red onion

Instructions

To make the salad dressing

  • Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing in a mason jar.  Shake well until the sugar is dissolved and the dressing is combined.

To Make the Salad

  • Combine all the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl.  Very lightly dress the salad right before serving, reserving the rest of the dressing on the side for people to add more.

Notes

To toast almonds place a small skillet over low heat. Spray lightly with cooking spray.  Add almond slices and stir often until desired level of toasted-ness, about five minutes.  Cool before adding to the salad.
Calories: 391kcal (20%) Carbohydrates: 33g (11%) Protein: 5g (10%) Fat: 28g (43%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 17mg (6%) Sodium: 242mg (11%) Potassium: 423mg (12%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 28g (31%) Vitamin A: 4550IU (91%) Vitamin C: 66.8mg (81%) Calcium: 160mg (16%) Iron: 2.3mg (13%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

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  1. Rebecca {foodie with family} says

    5 stars
    Ohmygosh. This salad has my name all over it. I love the combination of textures with the strawberries, baby spinach, and onions. And the dressing? Pure heaven. I would lik ea giant bowl of this for my lunch right now.

    • Lebo says

      Do u have to boil the spinach?

      • Lisa Longley says

        Nope

    • Josie king says

      5 stars
      Tried it loved it! 😘

      • Lisa Longley says

        I’m so glad you liked it!

  2. Sheila says

    My nephew just discovered Popeye and is now bugging me to prepare some spinach. Since he loves strawberries, I believe this recipe would be perfect. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Karen Howard says

    5 stars
    Oooohhh. All of these salads look great!

  4. Alison S. says

    This is my favorite salad! And I love that it’s so quick and easy to throw together, great for a last-minute picnic side dish. Couldn’t help but notice that the feta is not on the ingredient list though…I just added a whole 4 oz. container. Delicious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Gah! Thank you Alison!

  5. Ericka says

    What is the serving size? Is 391 the calories per serving or for the whole salad?

    • Lisa Longley says

      The nutritional information is based on the salad and the salad dressing being split 6 ways.

  6. Tammy says

    would the dressing be good without the poppy seeds?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes, I think it would still be really good.

  7. Susan Lehner says

    5 stars
    The best summer salad. And so easy to make..

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it Susan!

  8. Cindy says

    5 stars
    We love this salad. I have made it several times. I use 1/4 cup of sugar & it’s perfect

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad to hear it Cindy!

  9. Linda Bowitz says

    Great salad!
    Also good with grilled chicken breast to make a complete and healthy dinner.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you like it Linda!

  10. Julie says

    I add cubes of peeled cucumber, makes it even better! And I like candied walnuts or pecans sprinkled in. Don’t dress the salad until it is served, so easy and deliciously different.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I love the idea of this with cucumbers!

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