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Strawberry Spinach Salad is fresh, naturally sweet, colorful, and absolutely delicious. Serve it as a quick lunch or a dinner side!

This tasty salad is similar to our Strawberry Harvest Salad, with slightly different flavors. It has a homemade dressing, but it also pairs really nicely with our Strawberry Vinaigrette!

Strawberry spinach salad served in a white bowl.

easy, quick + delicious

I love a good salad recipe, especially in the summer, and this one is quick and easy. Strawberry spinach salad delivers big on flavor and is always a crowd-pleaser.

It is healthy, yet anything but dull. Pops of sweet, juicy strawberries, crunchy bites of almonds, and the earthiness of the spinach combine for a winning lunch or perfect dinner.

Not to mention, the Poppy Seed Dressing is a favorite homemade dressing.

It also lends itself well to substitutions and additions! Add a pop of tangy cream with some feta, or some more sweetness with a handful of blueberries.

Serve it on its own, or as a side dish!

Strawberries in a bowl to use for strawberry spinach salad recipe.

How to Make Strawberry Spinach Salad

This strawberry spinach salad recipe comes with a homemade dressing that perfectly pairs with the flavors of the salad!

Start by making the dressing, as it does need to be refrigerated for at least an hour for the best flavor.

DRESSING. Whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and onion in a medium bowl. Cover, and refrigerate strawberry spinach salad dressing for one hour. Shake before using.

MIX + CHILL. In a large bowl, add the spinach, strawberries, and almonds. Add the dressing and toss. Refrigerate for another 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Variations

This salad’s ingredients are simple and delicious, but you can dress it up with additions:

  • Protein. Add grilled chicken or bacon bits.
  • Fruit. Add extra berries like blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries. Candied pears would also be yummy.
  • Nuts. Include other nuts like walnuts or pecans.
  • Add extra flavor with red onion slices, or salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Cheese. Use Mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, or feta cheese
  • Dressing. Try balsamic vinaigrette dressing or lemon poppy seed dressing. We also love our Strawberry Vinaigrette.
A bottle of homemade dressing for serving on spinach strawberry salad recipe.

Recipe Tips

Leafy greens. Use baby spinach or full-leaf spinach. Choose leaves that are dark green and crisp without any yellowing or wilting edges. Tear large leaves into bite-sized pieces. 

  • Use a spring mix lettuce which includes baby spinach and other greens like romaine, red oak, chard, and radicchio.

How to hull strawberries. I recently came across a really fun way to hull strawberries (remove the leafy top).

  • Take a sturdy straw and insert it at the bottom of the strawberry.
  • Continue to push the straw up through the middle of the strawberry until it pops the leafy green top right off.
  • Of course, you can also use a paring knife to carefully cut the top off.

Storing Info

Make ahead of time. Make the components for Spinach Strawberry Salad ahead of time, but I don’t recommend mixing them up until you’re ready to serve. 

  • Strawberries: slice and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 day.
  • Spinach can be prepped and stored in the fridge for about 3 days.
  • Dressing can be stored for 3-5 days in an airtight jar in the fridge.

Toss together before serving.

STORE. Leftover Spinach and Strawberry Salad can be covered and placed in the fridge. Use it as soon as possible as the salad will wilt and become soggy fairly quickly. 

Strawberry spinach salad topped with nuts in a white bowl.

Recipe FAQ

What other dressings would go well with this salad?

Try balsamic vinaigrette dressing or lemon poppy seed dressing. We also love our Strawberry Vinaigrette.

How long does this strawberry spinach salad last in the fridge?

For the best results, don’t mix the ingredients and keep them separate if you know you’re going to have leftovers. Once this salad is mixed, it will only last in the fridge for a day or so before it gets too wilted to eat.

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5 from 14 votes

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Strawberry Spinach Salad is fresh, naturally sweet, colorful, and absolutely delicious. Serve it as a quick lunch or a dinner side!
Servings: 8
Prep: 15 minutes
Refrigerate Dressing: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Salad

  • 10 oz fresh spinach rinsed, dried and torn to bite sized pieces
  • 1 qt strawberries washed, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds blanched

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
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Instructions 

  • Whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and onion in a medium bowl. Cover, and refrigerate for one hour.
  • In a large salad bowl add the spinach, strawberries, and almonds. Add the dressing and toss. Refrigerate for another 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 32mg, Potassium: 420mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 3368IU, Vitamin C: 80mg, Calcium: 99mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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14 Comments

  1. Kristen says:

    5 stars
    This was so delicious, the whole family loved it.

  2. jess says:

    5 stars
    I think that this was the best little salad, and it was everything that I wanted it to be and more! thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe

  3. Mel says:

    5 stars
    This was the most perfect salad for our summer picnic. Everyone loved it and there wasn’t a crumb left!