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Strawberry spinach salad is a perfect combination of fresh spinach, juicy strawberries, crunchy onions, and soft feta cheese; all tossed together with a creamy poppyseed dressing! All the flavor, texture, and deliciousness in one bowl!

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A top view of a bowl of spinach with strawberries, onions, feta, almonds and craisins.

A Reader’s Review

Amazing and my kids love it!

-Terry

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

I love spinach! I like to switch up my lettuce in my salads and my go-to is spinach. And since spinach goes with everything, I wanted to make a classic strawberry salad with it… poppyseed dressing and all! You can’t go wrong with this salad combination. It is bursting with flavor and loads of texture and delicious ingredients. It’s requested a LOT in our family, which says something if my kids not only will eat it but they love it!

This is a go-to salad for me and so simple to make! This salad is so easy to make, and you can easily switch things up (like add in some chopped up, cooked chicken for some protein!) to make this salad work for you! This is great for lunch, or a get-together, or you can even add it as a side dish to any entree. The colors are vibrant, the taste is delightful and fresh and the time spent making it is worth it.

Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients

Using fresh ingredients and delicious toppings, when you mix this salad with homemade poppyseed dressing, you will go crazy! It’s so good. See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Spinach: You can use baby spinach or regular spinach. They will both work great!
  • Strawberries: The strawberries bring the best taste and texture to this salad. You can also use any other berries that you have on hand instead. Fresh Blueberries or blackberries are my next favorite choices!
  • Almonds: I used sliced almonds in this but slivered almonds work just as well. I’ve also made this with other nuts like candied pecans or walnuts.
  • Red Onion: When I slice this up, I like to make sure that my slices arent too thick. It adds such a great flavor but I don’t want a mouthfull of just onion when I mix it up!
  • Feta Cheese: Crumbled feta cheese is my favorite part of this recipe!
  • Craisins: These add vibrant color, texture and a delicious taste.

Homemade Creamy Poppyseed Dressing 

  • Mayonnaise: The base of the poppyseed dressing is mayo. You could substitute this with greek yogurt if you want a slightly healthier version.
  • Milk: This mixes with the may so that the dressing is not too thick and can be drizzled on top of your greens.
  • Sugar: This sweetens up the taste of the tangy mayo.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This breaks down the dressing making it the perfect consistency while adding a bit of flavor.
  • Poppyseeds: These look good and a must in this dressing!

How Do You Make Strawberry Spinach Salad?

  1. Combine and Toss: In a large bowl combine spinach, strawberries, sliced almonds, red onion, feta cheese, and craisins and toss.
  2. Mix up the Dressing:  In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, milk, sugar, cider vinegar, and poppyseeds.  Pour over the salad and use as desired.
A bowl of ingredients ready to be mixed.

Variations

There are easy ways to change up this strawberry spinach salad and make it different every time! Here are a few ideas that you can try out!

  • Milk: If you have any allerigies or just prefer another kind of milk then you can substitute it in the dressing using soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, or even cashew milk!
  • Dressing: If you don’t want to use poppyseed dressing then try out some balsamic vinegar dressing instead for a strawberry balsamic salad.
  • Mix-ins: I like to change out the ingredients every once in a while to add some variety. Try using raspberries, walnuts, blueberries, pears, goat cheese, blue cheese, quinoa, mandarin oranges or even apples!

Spinach salad being mixed with poppyseed dressing in a clear bowl.

Can You Meal Prep this Salad?

Absolutely! This strawberry spinach salad is great to meal prep with. Just leave the dressing off and add it on right before you are ready to eat so that the spinach doesn’t get soggy.

Poppyseed dressing being drizzled into a bowl of strawberry spinach salad.

Can You Make the Poppyseed Dressing Ahead of Time?

Yes! This is great to make ahead and will last 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Add it to your strawberry spinach salad when you are ready to eat!

A plate of strawberry spinach salad.

Creamy Poppyseed Dressing


  • In a large bowl combine spinach, strawberries, sliced almonds, red onion, feta cheese, and craisins and toss.

  • To make the creamy poppyseed dressing: In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, milk, sugar, cider vinegar, and poppyseeds. Pour over the salad and use as desired.


Updated April 15, 2022
Originally published May 2012 

Serves:

Calories1925kcal (96%)Carbohydrates168g (56%)Protein41g (82%)Fat130g (200%)Saturated Fat33g (165%)Polyunsaturated Fat45gMonounsaturated Fat43gTrans Fat1gCholesterol172mg (57%)Sodium2219mg (92%)Potassium922mg (26%)Fiber17g (68%)Sugar133g (148%)Vitamin A782IU (16%)Vitamin C4mg (5%)Calcium1124mg (112%)Iron5mg (28%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Salad

Cuisine American

Keyword spinach, strawberry

 





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