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An overhead view of a fresh strawberry spinach salad with avocado that has been tossed together in a wooden bowl.

Fresh Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Course: Appetizer or Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salad recipe, how to make a spinach and strawberry salad, spinach and avocado salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 312kcal
Fresh Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Avocado is truly the perfect salad, especially when strawberries are in peak season. You can easily prep everything in advance and assemble and dress the salad just before serving.
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  • 1 Large salad bowl
  • 1 jar with tight-fitting lid


For the Poppyseed Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp poppyseeds
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the Salad

  • ½ cup red onion cut into thin strips
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 10 oz baby spinach washed
  • 1 quart strawberries fresh, stemmed and halved
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • ½ cup pecans roughly chopped and toasted
  • ¼ cup basil fresh, cut into thin strips
  • ¾ cup feta block


Make the Poppyseed Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Place all of the vinaigrette ingredients into a jar. Tightly affix the lid to the jar and shake vigorously for about 1 minute, until the liquids are completely emulsified. Or, mix together all ingredients, except the EVOO in a small bowl. Briskly whisk in the EVOO in a small stream until completely combined and emulsified. Set aside.

Assemble the Salad

  • Place the onions in a small bowl and cover with the apple cider vinegar. It's best to allow the onions to rest in the vinegar for at least 20 minutes.
  • Place the spinach in a large salad bowl. Arrange the other salad ingredients on top of the spinach, including crumbling the cheese with your hands. Drain the onions and place them along with the other ingredients. Leave some of the feta and pecans to the side for topping the tossed salad.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the top of the salad. Use two salad tongs (or utensils) to fully toss the salad. Add the dressing in increments until you reached the desired coating. Don't overdress! Top with extra toasted pecans and crumbled feta. Serve at once.


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If using fresh spinach (in place of baby spinach), be sure to thoroughly wash it and cut the stems away. You may want to roughly chop the spinach, too. 
Nut substitutes: Almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts. Toasting them ahead of time enhances their flavor significantly. But keep an eye on them, don't let them burn!
Cheese substitutes: Goat, blue, cotija.  We recommend getting a block of cheese and then using your hands to crumble the cheese into the salad. It's creamier than pre-crumbled cheese. 
This salad is best served freshly tossed. The salad will become soggy after several hours, so leftovers (which don't exist) aren't ideal for holding on to. 


Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 4636IU | Vitamin C: 111mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 3mg