Spinach Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Do you love adding fruit to salads? This recipe is for you! It’s the perfect, easy summer meal and freshly made strawberry vinaigrette pulls everything together. Strawberries and spinach are a famous pairing– the spinach is healthy and filling, and the berries give a sweet-tart flavor and lots of pretty color against the green background.

This salad is my take on a local field greens + berry salad we tried in Walt Disney World during the Flower and Garden Festival. My adaptation uses homemade strawberry vinaigrette instead of balsamic glaze and we’ve added avocado to make this meal more filling. Shallots and pistachios add flavor and crunch.

You’ll love this Homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette:

  • Fresh and bright– full of real strawberries
  • Healthy, clean ingredients
  • Vegan- dairy free + egg free
  • Easy to make + keeps for the week
  • Versatile– try it on salads, grilled veggies + sandwiches

Make this salad your own:

  • Add extra protein (chicken, salmon, steak or vegan options)
  • Try pecans or cashews instead of pistachios
  • Try it with feta, blue cheese, or sharp white cheddar
  • Add in croutons for extra crunch

This salad is easy to put together and full of healthy, flavorful ingredients–you’ll be reaching for it all summer long 🙂

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Spinach Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Summer salad featuring spinach, fresh ripe strawberries, avocado, shallot, and pistachios finished off with homemade vegan strawberry vinaigrette. Makes 4 salads. Vinaigrette recipes makes approximately 10 ounces.
Salad is ready in 10 minutes. Dressing needs 4 hour refrigeration time. Vegan/Vegetarian.
Course Dressings/Sauces, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Grand Floridian Cafe, Homemade Strawberry Vinagrette, Spinach Strawberry Salad, Strawberry Salad, Strawberry Vinaigrette
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 273kcal
Author thedachshundmom

Equipment

  • Small blender or food processor

Ingredients

For the Strawberry Vinaigrette (Make ahead 4 hours)

  • c strawberries, chopped = 8 oz
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp agave sub honey
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

For the Spinach Strawberry Salad

  • 5 ounces baby spinach or spring mix
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • 2 tbsp pistachio kernels
  • ¼ cup sharp white cheddar, crumbled optional

Instructions

Make the Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • Add all dressing ingredients (chopped strawberries, olive oil, vinegar, agave, salt and pepper) to a small blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and emulsified, scraping sides as needed to incorporate.
  • Refrigerate dressing in an airtight container for at least 4 hours.

Prepare the salad

  • Combine spinach, shallot, and pistachios in a large salad bowl. Toss to combine.
  • Gently fold in strawberry slices and avocado.
  • Just before serving, toss with desired amount of vinaigrette. Or, divide salad among serving bowls and serve dressing on the side.
  • Leftover vinaigrette can be stored in refrigerator for 5 days. Stir before serving.

Notes

  • Strawberry Vinaigrette has 53 calories per 1 ounce (2 tbsp). Try it on grilled fruits or veggies!
  • Calories for entree are measured using one-quarter salad base + 2.5 ounces dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal

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I hope you are enjoying summer, friends! Let me know what you’re cooking and if you try this tasty salad, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@thedachshundmom) and leave me a rating below!

-Emma



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