Spinach Strawberry Salad
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Refreshing and light, this easy Spinach Strawberry Salad has feta cheese, broccoli, onion, spinach, arugula and a delicious poppy seed vinaigrette.
I love making salads in the hot summer months. Not only are they mouthwatering delicious but you can really make a salad to fit any occasion.
Load your salad up with toppings or keep it simple and easy, salads are always a crowd pleaser.
Spinach Strawberry Salad
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My kids love salad, particularly our son Cannon who will eat any salad garnished with either fruit mainly strawberries or blueberries. The secret tip to get Cannon to eat salad every time is the balsamic glaze, he devours this stuff, just like his mom.
My favorite salad to take to a barbecue would be this Spinach Strawberry Salad. I love all of the ingredients! Especially arugula, it is a staple in almost all of the salad I make.
I love the shape of its leaf, I feel like it makes not only a tasty but beautiful addition. With its slight peppery flavor, it is a perfect balance with the sweetness from the strawberries and vinaigrette.
Feta cheese ties this entire salad together. I prefer to buy the feta cheese that is already crumbled because it is a little drier and crumbly. It still has a slight creaminess to it but it isn’t too creamy that it messes with the texture of the salad. Strawberries with feta cheese are just delightful.
Let’s talk about this dressing.
Oh, my yummy! Cheesy, I know but I just love this vinaigrette. Now I will say this vinaigrette alone is a little underwhelming but on the salad, it elevates all of the ingredients and is a stunning addition. The poppy seeds and golden almost honey-like colors make for an excellent glaze on the strawberries.
If you want to serve this Spinach Strawberry Salad as a meal, add some grilled or shredded rotisserie chicken, it makes a fantastic dinner. Even pecans or walnuts make a great addition, just check with those that you are serving it to for nut allergies. With two of my siblings having an allergy, and myself a sensitivity to walnuts, I am extra cautious of serving nuts on a salad.
Enjoy this Spinach Strawberry Salad friends, we sure love it! xoxo San
Here are some tips for creating the perfect salad every time.
- You can prepare all of the greens (including broccoli, celery, arugula, spinach, lettuce) beforehand. To store properly, add your greens into a nice big bowl and drape 1-2 paper towels over the top. This helps prevent the moisture from settling on your greens while in the fridge. Then cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap, place in fridge until ready to use.
- Add remaining ingredients like onions, fruit, peppers, and nuts up to 30-60 minutes before you serve.
- Do not add cheese or the dressing until you are ready to serve.
- The best way to serve a salad if serving to a large group is to set the dressing on the side and allow each person to add their own. This also makes for amazing leftovers that are not soggy.
My favorite kitchen items used to make this Spinach Strawberry Salad.
KNIVES: A good set of kitchen knives is essential for preparing any meal. I just recently invested in some Cutco knives and I have not regretted it one bit. These are hands down my favorite knives I have owned.
CUTTING BOARD: For me this is a kitchen must-have and kitchen counter saver. While we have countertops you can cut on, I find that this extra step will preserve my counter. I also find that using a cutting board makes for less clean up afterward.
MIXING BOWLS: I love having a variety of sizes of mixing bowls. From small to large, I find that having at least 3 bowls of different sizes has been essential in my kitchen. I prefer Pyrex because of the durability.
SERVING SPOON: I love to have a gorgeous, and generous in size, spoon to serve fruit salads with. I prefer to not have slots in my spoon for fruit salad so that you can enjoy all the delicious juice.
Spinach Strawberry Salad is an easy recipe with feta cheese, broccoli, onion, spinach, arugula and a delicious poppy seed vinaigrette. Load your salad up with toppings or keep it simple and easy, salads are always a crowd pleaser.
- 10 ounces fresh spinach
- 2 cups fresh arugula
- 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli
- 1 quart strawberries cleaned, hulled and sliced
- 1 cup feta cheese
- 1/2 cup purple onion finely diced
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon yellow onion minced
In a mason jar add sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, honey, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion, intensely shake. Cover, and chill for one hour.
In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients and toss together, drizzle dressing and serve immediately.
You can also just leave the dressing on the side and allow everyone to dress it themselves.
Dressing adapted from Strawberry Spinach Salad.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)