Recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad

At this time of year I really like easy, lazy dinners like grilled haloumi or veggie burger patties served with delicious side salads. I’ve always been a fan of the ol’ potato salad (because, well potato!) but this strawberry spinach salad is one of my new favourites. It’s fresh, summery and delicious and is super easy to scale up if you have a crowd to feed!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

The combination of the sweet strawberries and the tangy dressing make this salad so much more than the sum of its parts, and if you’re having trouble getting your kids to eat greens then hopefully the addition of strawberries will help!

Ingredients List

  • 250g strawberries
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 250g baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1tbs sesame seeds
  • 3tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5tbs honey (or agave)
  • 1tbs poppy seeds
  • 75g feta

Steps

  1. Hull and quarter the strawberries and finely slice the red onion
  2. Combine with baby spinach and set aside
  3. Roughly chop the almonds then dry roast in a pan until lightly golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool slightly
  4. Dry toast the sesame seeds and put in a small bowl with the balsamic vinegar, oil, honey and poppy seeds. Whisk to combine.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad then sprinkle with crumbled feta
  6. Enjoy!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

You can make the dressing in advance and pop it in the fridge until required, that way you just have to quickly toast the almonds and throw it all together and you’re good to go! Perfect! If you’re taking the salad along to a BBQ or potluck dinner then I recommend pouring the dressing on as you’re ready to eat to avoid the spinach going too limp (and to make transporting that little bit easier!).

I love the addition of fruit in an otherwise savoury salad, if we can have salty desserts we can definitely have fruity salads (other than actual fruit salad of course!).

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Easy as that! Do you have a favourite summer salad? How do you feel about fruit in your salads?

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16 Comments on Recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad

  1. Elizabeth
    January 12, 2015 at 8:44 am (5 years ago)

    Never thought of adding strawberries to a salad. The summer fruits are so good at the moment.
    Elizabeth recently posted…Turkish-style carrot labneh

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm (5 years ago)

      Aren’t they! I do love summer fruits!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm (5 years ago)

      Simple but delicious, my kinda food!

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  2. merilyn
    January 12, 2015 at 8:50 am (5 years ago)

    looks interesting liz!
    yes! … I would eat that for sure!
    cheers m:)X

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 12, 2015 at 6:50 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Merilyn!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 12, 2015 at 6:50 pm (5 years ago)

      Strawberries and balsamic are a dream in any form I think!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm (5 years ago)

      Shall I courier some over to you?!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 17, 2015 at 8:59 am (5 years ago)

      Ooh can’t wait to see yours Lila!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 17, 2015 at 9:00 am (5 years ago)

      Ooh blueberries would be delicious! Thanks for stopping by!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      January 21, 2015 at 5:56 pm (5 years ago)

      While I don’t think there’s such a thing as too much cheese, a nice salad never goes astray!

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