Strawberry Spinach Salad

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This strawberry spinach salad is made with fresh strawberries, spinach and candied nuts. Combine these ingredients and more to create a mouth-watering salad.

A large serving bowl filled with spinach and topped with chopped strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans, and feta cheese

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This Strawberry Spinach Salad recipe is one of my favorite salads ever. If I am asked to bring something to a potluck, then I am bringing this salad. If there is an Easter party, or Mother’s Day lunch, then I am bringing this salad. Strawberries on sale? I am making this salad. I think you get my drift. It is fresh, fruity, sweet, and crunchy. It comes together in no time at all. My kids even love this salad.

A large serving bowl filled with spinach and topped with chopped strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans, and feta cheese

Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients

This Strawberry Spinach Salad has just a few simple ingredients.

  • Spinach – Spinach and berries just go together so well. I usually use baby spinach since it is easier to eat raw. I have also used spring mix.
  • Fresh Strawberries – The star of the show! I like to cut the berries into quarters instead of slicing them.
  • Fresh Blueberries – Blueberries are the perfect subtle costar to the strawberries in this salad recipe.
  • Candied Pecans – In the recipe below we teach you how to make your own delicious candied pecans.
  • Feta Cheese – Feta cheese has such a light and bright flavor. It makes the perfect companion to the berries.
  • Poppy Seed Dressing – Poppy seed dressing is sweet yet savory making it the best choice for this salad. Poppy seed dressing is typically made with vinegar, sugar, dijon mustard, onion, oil, and poppy seeds.
Poppyseed Dressing being poured on a Strawberry Spinach Salad

Variations

I love this spinach strawberry salad recipe as written, but I have changed it up a few times over the years. To make this more of a main dish salad, add grilled chicken or sliced avocado. To make it more filling you could add a grain like quinoa or farro. If you don’t like pecans, you can also candy walnuts. Instead of candied nuts, you can use slivered almonds. You can also swap out the feta cheese for goat cheese or gorgonzola. Other berries are great in this salad too – try raspberries or blackberries. Want to add some more savory elements to this salad? Try red onion or red bell peppers. If you’re not a fan of poppy seed dressing, then try a balsamic dressing instead.

Recipe Tip

Candied pecans in a small round dish

Candying your own pecans is so easy and they taste amazing!! You can buy candied nuts for salads, but just try making your own once! All it takes is sugar and nuts and a few minutes in a pan.

FAQ

Can this salad be made ahead of time?

Spinach can get soggy, so I would not advise making this salad ahead of time. However, you can candy the nuts and dice the strawberries ahead of time. That way, when you are ready to serve, you can just toss everything in a bowl.

How do you wash spinach?

Most pre-packaged spinach comes pre-washed, but if you are using fresh spinach, give it a wash. Rinse it in cold water and then dry it using a salad spinner or paper towels.

More Fruity Salad Recipes

If you love our Strawberry Spinach Salad, then try some of our other sweet salads!

  • Watermelon Feta SaladThis Watermelon Feta Salad is my go-to summer side dish. It is full of bright, fresh flavors that complement any backyard BBQ menu!
  • Mandarin Spinach SaladMandarin Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans is colorful and packed with flavor! Tart pomegranates and sweet candied pecans give it a yummy crunch.
  • Waldorf SaladWaldorf Salad is fresh, crisp, crunchy, and sweet. So refreshing and filling, the perfect side dish to any meal!
  • Snickers SaladSnickers Salad, also known as Snicker Apple Salad, is a salad the kids will actually be happy to eat! Tart, crispy apples and chewy, caramel-y Snickers bars are the perfect combination! 
  • Christmas Salad with Poppy Seed DressingChristmas Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing is a colorful and refreshing side dish for your special holiday dinners. The dressing is so creamy and delicious!
  • Grape SaladThis Grape Salad with crunchy coconut topping is an all time favorite! Red and green grapes in a cool sweet creamy sauce topped with sugary, crunchy grape nuts and coconut.
  • Nuts About Berries SaladThis Nuts About Berries Salad is colorful, flavorful, and refreshing in the spring and summer months when you can pick or purchase delicious, fresh berries.
  • Pear Salad with Cranberry VinaigretteThis Harvest Pear Salad is light and fresh, with all the flavors of fall! With pumpkin spiced pecans, cranberries, and pears, it is a favorite fall dish.

How to Make Strawberry Spinach Salad

A plate of Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This strawberry spinach salad is made with fresh strawberries, spinach and candied nuts. Combine these ingredients and more to create a mouth-watering salad.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add pecans and sugar to a skillet over medium heat and stir constantly until the sugar melts down and coats the pecans. Be patient and don't stop stirring.
    Pecans and white sugar in a skillet
  • Once the sugar coats the pecans, pour them out onto a baking sheet and separate them a little. Once they have cooled, they are ready for the salad.
    Candied pecans in a small round dish
  • Start assembling the salad by adding spinach to a large bowl.
    A large white serving bowl filled with spinach
  • Next, dice the strawberries and add them to the spinach. Add blueberries, candied pecans, and feta.
    A large serving bowl filled with spinach and topped with chopped strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans, and feta cheese
  • Toss to combine. Serve onto individual plates and dress with poppyseed dressing.
    Poppyseed Dressing being poured on a Strawberry Spinach Salad

Notes

Nutrition facts do not include dressing. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 282kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 271mgPotassium: 665mgFiber: 6gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 6766IUVitamin C: 90mgCalcium: 193mgIron: 3mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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