Do you love strawberry recipes? I hope so. Today we’re taking those fresh berries, adding spinach and poppy seed dressing and turning it into a Strawberry Spinach Salad
This salad is perfect as a summer side dish or for a light dinner or lunch on those warm summer days. It’s also a colorful salad for holidays such as Easter and Mother’s Day.
About Strawberry Spinach Salad
Flavor: The thing I love about this salad recipe is its sweet & tangy flavor combination. Strawberries are sweet, but the vinaigrette is tangy. Almonds are mild in flavor so it lets the strawberries and feta shine through.
Texture: Crunchy lettuce, onions and almonds pair well with the creamy feta cheese and smooth strawberries. If you don’t mind a crunch to your salad, then I think you’ll enjoy it.
I’ve had many variations of strawberry salad, some of which include pecans or walnuts, avocado and even bacon. This base of this salad is fairly simple. It calls for:
You can add more ingredients if you’d like, but if you’re looking for quick and easy, this recipe is it.
Poppy Seed Dressing
This easy poppy seed salad dressing is sugar free. It uses Swerve sweetener and a few drops of stevia sweetener (based on the taste you prefer). If you’d like, you can swap out the sweetener for coconut sugar or traditional sugar to add sweetness. It can really be sweetened anyway you like…even honey or maple syrup.
Simply add all of the dressing ingredients to a mason jar and shake it up. Use just a few tablespoons of dressing to keep the calories on this salad down.
How long does poppy seed dressing keep in the fridge?
I often keep homemade dressings up to a month, but honestly, if I haven’t used it in a month, I probably won’t use it. I recommend discarding this dressing after 1 month of refrigerator storage. Just make sure the jar is well sealed!
Instead of feta, use goat cheese. It has a similar texture. I don’t care for blue cheese or gorgonzola, but those are options, too.
Add grilled chicken for a punch of protein.
Switch out the strawberries for fresh blueberries or mandarin oranges.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
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Classic strawberry spinach salad with red onion, feta cheese and almonds topped with a homemade sugar free poppyseed dressing. Use up those fresh strawberries with this healthy lunch idea!
5tablespoonsSwerve sweetner(or sugar of your choice)
2drops of liquid stevia(optional, to taste)
For the Salad:
Wash strawberries. Slice them and set aside.
Place the lettuce mixture into a large bowl.
Slice onion thinly and add to lettuce.
Crumble cheese and sprinkle over salad.
Add strawberries and almonds to the mixture.
For the dressing:
Add all ingredients to a mason jar.
Shake together to incorporate.
Make the Salad:
Just before serving, drizzle the desired amount of poppyseed dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
The calories shown are based on the this recipe serving 3 people, using up all the dressing. To lower the calories, use just 2 or 3 tablespoons of salad dressing per serving. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.