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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado, roasted Almonds, and a delicious Balsamic Dressing. A MUST-KNOW healthy green goddess summer salad for all salad lovers.
This strawberry avocado spinach salad is one of the tastiest salads I have ever had! It is bursting with flavor, fresh, and super healthy. I like to call it my go-to power salad during summer.
So, if you had enough classic green salads and want to widen your salad horizon, you MUST try this spinach and strawberry salad.
- Slightly Sweet
- Full of Vitamins, Iron, and Healthy Fats
- A Real Crowd Pleaser
The combination of baby spinach, strawberries, and avocado is simply delicious. Top it with toasted almonds, red onions, and a simple yet delicious salad dressing.
Here you go, that’s all you need to drool over a large bowl of salad.
Let me tell you that you can have all that goodness in less than 10 minutes ready on the table. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best.
You can serve this strawberry spinach salad recipe as a starter, side dish, bring it along to every summer party, or serve it is as a light lunch or dinner. Add some homemade bread, and you have a perfectly nutritious meal.
Spinach Is Healthy
Spinach is a very healthy and easy way to level up your boring salad game. Spinach contains many vitamins and a significant amount of iron, which is especially important for women. 😉
Make sure to buy baby spinach if you want to use it as a salad. Baby spinach is much milder, smaller, and more tender than regular spinach. That’s exactly why baby spinach is perfect for a delicious spinach salad.
If you have never prepared spinach salad before, you should know that you don’t have to cut baby spinach. The leaves are already small enough – aka have the perfect size you wish for in any salad. Just wash it and spin dry.
Healthy Power salad
This salad is full of healthy nutrients. The avocado contains many unsaturated fatty acids (i.e. the healthy fatty acids), and strawberries are full of vitamin C and other healthy vitamins.
You literately eat yourself fit with this strawberry spinach salad!
And as if that wasn’t enough, I am sure your friends will praise you if you bring it along for a summer barbecue. It tastes fantastic, is healthy, and looks mouthwatering on top of that! 😉
Strawberry Spinach Salad Dressing
Mild dressings made with olive oil and vinegar do go best with spinach salad. I would stay away from adding creamy & thick dressings to such tender salads. The mild leaves deserve a mild dressing, preferably a balsamic vinaigrette or a sesame dressing for an Asian touch.
I love using balsamic vinegar for this particular recipe. Plus, one tablespoon of maple syrup shouldn’t be missing. It’s ok to toss this salad with a slightly sweetish dressing, it creates some harmony, trust me.
By the way, you can use this dressing for any other salad recipe.
If you are a crazy strawberry lover, go ahead and serve the salad with this strawberry poppy seed dressing.
Can I prepare the salad in advance? Yes, but you must store the salad and the dressing individually in an airtight container in the fridge. For a maximum of one day. Toss right before serving. Otherwise, it will become mushy and inedible.
Can I use other nuts? Almonds harmonize particularly well with strawberries. If you don’t have any at hand, you can also use walnuts or go crazy and add a handful of candied pecan nuts.
Can I use leaf salad instead of spinach? Yes. If you don’t have baby spinach, substitute it with loose-leaf salad. But be aware that this will alter the taste slightly.
Do you love cream of balsamic vinegar? Drizzle some over the salad right before serving.
Last but not least: DON’T use regular spinach to make this recipe. Baby spinach does taste differently.
More Salad Recipes You’ll Love:
- Simple Green Salad
- Chopped Greek Salad
- Vegan Potato Salad
- Italian Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
- Vegan Macaroni Salad
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- Roughly chop and toast the almonds in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant.
- Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake or whisk them together in a small bowl.
- Arrange the spinach, strawberries, avocado, and red onion in this order in a large bowl. Top with toasted almonds and drizzle with the dressing.
- Make-Ahead: If you want to make this salad ahead of time, store the salad and the dressing individually in an airtight container in the fridge. Toss right before serving.
- Variation: Top the salad with cream of balsamic vinegar.