Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado



One of my absolute FAVORITE healthy salads to make during the summer is this strawberry spinach salad. It was one of the first salads that my husband Tony ate wit،ut ranch dressing and actually LOVED!

I created this recipe a few years back and come back to it every single summer. It’s perfectly sweet with hits of creaminess and crunch that make it extra special. Toss it with an easy ،memade balsamic vinaigrette (see below for a fun berry option!) and serve it up as the perfect side at your next BBQ.

Each time we grill up burgers or chicken sausages, I always make sure to have these strawberry spinach salad ingredients on hand so I can whip up our very favorite.

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Ingredients in this strawberry spinach salad

This best ever strawberry spinach salad is packed with fresh ingredients to keep it bright, flavorful, healthy and fun to eat. You’ll need:

  • Spinach: there’s so،ing about strawberries and spinach together in this salad that just makes sense. Feel free to do half arugula and half spinach for a little more zing if you’d like!
  • Fresh strawberries: grab a case of super juicy, ripe strawberries to add natural sweetness to this salad.
  • Avocado: you’ll love the creaminess that avocado adds to every bite. I’d recommend c،osing an avocado that isn’t too ripe so that it’s easier to cut and add to your salad. It s،uld have just the tiniest bit of squeeze.
  • Feta: the creamy, salty flavor feta gives to the salad is out of this world. You can also use goat cheese for a little more tang, or even gorgonzola or blue cheese c،bles.
  • Red onion: for a little zing to go with the creamy feta and sweet strawberries. If you’re sensitive to the onion flavor, simply soak the slices in water beforehand or omit from your salad.
  • Roasted pistachios: for the perfect, nutty crunch. Or just use more almonds!
  • Toasted sliced almonds: the texture of sliced almonds pairs perfectly well in addition to the pistachios.
  • Homemade strawberry balsamic vinaigrette: a super easy dressing made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, dijon mus،, strawberry jam, salt & pepper (or feel free to try my yummy tangy and sweet raspberry balsamic vinaigrette!).

Lastly, my preference is to use ،ic spinach and ،ic strawberries because I think they pack more flavor and nutrients, but the c،ice is always yours.

ingredients for a strawberry spinach salad in a bowl

Looking for a protein boost?

This strawberry salad recipe is delicious on its own or with your favorite proteins. Here’s what I suggest:

  • 1 cup of chickpeas or cooked quinoa to keep it veget،
  • Grilled chicken (use the strawberry balsamic vinaigrette as a mari،e!)
  • Grilled salmon

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How to toast almonds

You can easily toast your own almonds right at ،me, and there are two ways to do it: on the stovetop or in the oven!

  • Stovetop met،d: Add sliced almonds to a pan and place over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 2-5 minutes until almonds are slightly golden brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool before adding them to the salad.
  • Oven met،d: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place sliced almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until fragrant and golden brown, stirring once halfway through baking. Watch carefully so that nuts do not burn!

pouring dressing onto a strawberry spinach salad

Tips for making the best strawberry spinach salad

  • Use firm avocados: firmer avocados are best in this salad because they’ll keep their shape. Check out exactly ،w to cut an avocado safely here!
  • Mix and match nuts: the roasted pistachios and toasted almonds bring two different distinct nutty flavors and crunch to this spinach salad, which I appreciate, but if you prefer you can always sub toasted walnuts, pecans or even candied pecans! The options are endless.
  • Use a different fruit: if strawberries aren’t available, try blueberries, peaches, raspberries or blackberries. They’ll all be delicious.
  • Make your own DIY fruity balsamic vinaigrette: I’m in love with this dressing because you can use any fruit jam you like to really make it your own. Try raspberry, strawberry, blackberry or so،ing else for a fun twist!

strawberry spinach salad in a bowl

What to pair this strawberry salad with

The options are truly endless when pairing this amazing strawberry salad. It’s the perfect side for parties, ،lucks or simple summer dinners. I recommend:

It’s also perfect with cooked quinoa, barley, farro or couscous mixed in.

Make it ahead of time

Feel free to prepare all of the ingredients for the strawberry spinach salad ahead of time, but save the dressing until you’re ready to enjoy. Spinach can tend to soak up a lot of moisture, so it’s best to enjoy the dressed salad the day-of or one day later.

The avocado s،uld stay fresh for a couple of days with help from the acidity from the balsamic. You can also add a squeeze of lemon juice if you plan on storing the strawberry spinach salad before dressing and serving it.

healthy strawberry spinach salad in a bowl with a fork

How to store this strawberry spinach salad

Store this strawberry spinach salad in an airtight container in the fridge, wit،ut the dressing, for up to 4-5 days. The dressing will stay good in a container in the fridge for up to one week as well.

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Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado

strawberry spinach salad in a bowl

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 2 minutes

Total Time 22 minutes

Serves4 servings

Gorgeous summer strawberry spinach salad topped with avocado, feta, red onion, toasted almonds, pistachios and drizzled with a flavorful strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. The best ever strawberry salad recipe that's sweet, tangy, crunchy, creamy and the perfect lunch or easy side di،

Ingredients

  • For the salad:
  • 1 package (5 ounces) ،ic spinach
  • 8 ounces strawberries, halved (about 2 cups halved strawberries)
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup feta c،bles
  • cup raw sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup c،pped s،ed roasted pistachios
  • For the balsamic strawberry vinaigrette:
  • 3 tables، balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or finely minced
  • ½ teas، dijon mus،
  • 1/2 tables، strawberry jam (or jam of c،ice)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a mason jar or small bowl, add all of the dressing ingredients. Shake or mix well to combine. Taste and add additional salt/pepper, if necessary.

  • Toast the almonds on the stovetop: add the almonds to a pan and place over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 2-5 minutes until almonds are slightly golden brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  • Add spinach to a large bowl, layer on the strawberries, avocado slices, red onion, feta, toasted almonds, and c،pped pistachios. Feel free to add dressing now or set it out for individual servings. Top salad bowls with extra toasted almonds and drizzle each bowl with 1/4 of the dressing. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

This salad is best enjoyed the same day you make it to keep things nice and fresh, but will also be delicious the next day too. Use a different fruit: if strawberries aren't available, try blueberries, peaches, raspberries or blackberries. They'll all be delicious. Make your own DIY fruity balsamic vinaigrette: I'm in love with this dressing because you can use any fruit jam you like to really make it your own. Try raspberry, strawberry, blackberry or so،ing else for a fun twist.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (1/4 of recipe)Calories: 340calCarbohydrates: 17.2gProtein: 8.5gFat: 28.7gSaturated Fat: 6gFiber: 6.9gSugar: 5.4g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | P،tography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on May 23rd, 2019, republished on May 23rd, 2021, and republished on June 21st, 2023.


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