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Strawberry Spinach Salad

A fresh, easy and simple Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing. This salad is bursting with flavor and is a great addition to any meal.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword salad with strawberries, spinach salad, strawberry spinach salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 side dish servings
Calories 171.5kcal
Author The Seasoned Mom

Ingredients

FOR THE POPPY SEED DRESSING (Yield 1 ½ cups of dressing):

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup salad oil such as canola oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 10-12 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges drained
  • 1 avocado diced
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta, goat or blue cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced, toasted almonds

Instructions

PREPARE THE DRESSING:

  • Combine all dressing ingredients except poppy seeds in a large jar with a lid, in a blender, or in a food processor. Shake or mix until completely combined.
  • Add the poppy seeds and give it another good shake. Set aside and refrigerate until ready to use.

ASSEMBLE THE SALAD:

  • Arrange spinach in a large serving bowl. Top with strawberries, oranges, avocado, cheese, and almonds. Drizzle some of the dressing over the salad, to taste, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Why not make this salad into a main dish by adding some grilled chicken
  • To keep it vegetarian try adding some hard boiled eggs for extra protein
  • I used feta cheese for this but a crumbly goats cheese or even blue cheese would also work really well
  • Instead of toasted almonds, you could use cashews or walnuts
  • Make sure to use fresh strawberries and not frozen. If you don't have fresh try using another berry
  • Both the salad and dressing can be prepped in advance just store them separately and toss together just before serving

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8 of the salad plus 1 tablespoon dressing | Calories: 171.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.8g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 11.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 3.2mg | Sodium: 166.4mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 12.8g