Strawberry Spinach Salad

With the bounty from our adventure yesterday, we were in need of some ideas on how to use our red ripe strawberries.  (Will I ever be able to think again without lines from children’s books popping into my head?  Considering the amount my son asks me to read to him, probably not.)

But I digress…

Since it’s spring, and I couldn’t find any recipes I liked for a spinach salad using strawberries, I decided to create my own.

Strawberry Spinach Salad


  • about 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 to 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed really well
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

for the dressing:

  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • hard cheese for grating on top- I used a raw gouda


Combine all of the ingredients for the salad in a huge salad bowl, and toss well.

To make the dressing,  stir the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a bowl.  Slowly add the olive oil into the mixture while whisking continuously. Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving, then grate the desired amount of cheese on top.

fresh spring salad

It was delicious!

I didn’t want my son to be overwhelmed with the salad, so I assembled the beans, avocado, cucumber, strawberries, almonds and alfalfa sprouts on a plate for him before I made the salad, and he ate every last bit of it!

2 thoughts on “Strawberry Spinach Salad”

  1. Holly,
    Here is our recipe for strawberry spinach salad:

    Fresh baby spinach (whatever amount you like)
    Sliced fresh strawberries–I use a large container
    Sliced red onion (we like smaller pieces, so I quarter first)
    Raw sunflower seeds (or sliced almonds–lightly toasted)
    Black poppy seeds

    1/3 c EVOO
    1/2 c red wine vinegar or raspberry vinegar
    1/3 c Agave Nectar
    freshly ground pepper
    juice of 1 lime

    I use a shaker to make the dressing. It is simple but my kids eat it up! It is a staple around here that I got from my M.I.L.
    Love you!

  2. i love spinach & strawberry salad! i like to do one with spinach, strawberries, grapes, walnuts, and goat cheese. and, it’s nice with an orange poppyseed dressing! such an awesome ‘welcome spring!’ salad!

    i’ll have to send you a recipe for the best strawberry cake ON THE PLANET. i always request it if i’m around my mom for my b-day. AJ did a modification for my b-day last year, and made them muffins instead of a cake – yummy to my tummy!

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