I love Spring weather in Seattle.  Cherry blossoms are appearing on fruit trees everywhere in pretty shades of pale pink.  The sun is setting later in the day, which gives me a mental boost knowing the gray and wet days of winter are behind.  With the shifting of the season comes a change in the types of food our family eats.  The hearty stews and braises which felt so good to eat during the winter are now relegated to the back shelf of my mind.  Eating lighter, healthier, and fresher becomes a motivating factor in what we’ll be eating for dinner.

One of my most favorite Spring and Summer salads is my version of the classic spinach strawberry salad.  Often referred to as a “super food,” spinach is high in vitamin E, iron, vitamin C, iron, and calcium – not to mention a great source of insoluble fiber.  Strawberries are high in antioxidants, folic acid, and vitamin B6.  I’ve never met a kid who didn’t love strawberries.  Combine these two ingredients and you have a sweet and savory salad even kids love to eat.

To make this salad a meal I love to load it with crispy bacon, toasted sliced almonds, and feta cheese to finish it off.  I usually make enough poppy seed dressing to store in the refrigerator for future use; trust me, you’ll be glad you saved some when you make this salad again.  Enjoy!

Recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min(s)
  • Total Time: 8 min(s)
  • Servings: 6

A sweet and savory summertime salad.

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 3 tablespoons onion, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons roasted yellow or black sesame seeds
    • 10 cups baby spinach
    • 1 pound strawberries, stems removed and sliced
    • 1 cup cooked crumbled bacon
    • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
    • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

    • In a blender, add vinegar, olive oil, sugar, poppy seeds, paprika, and onion.  Blend for 30 seconds.
    • In a large bowl, toss spinach, strawberries, bacon, almonds, and feta cheese with half the poppy seed dressing.  Add more dressing if you need to, otherwise save the rest for the next time you make the salad.

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  • Aviva Goldfarb

    Don’t you just love spring??!! I’m so excited for lighter fare, too, and this salad looks like something my whole family would love. I’ll try it as soon as we hit strawberry season in Maryland. This looks like a beautiful dish for a dinner party or potluck, too.

  • David Lamitie

    Great idea but the sugar needs to go! Why not use balsamic vinegar instead? It is naturally sweeter. Or perhaps honey? But 1/2 cup of white sugar? Really?

  • Alice Currah

    Hi David: I understand what you’re saying. I’ve made this salad using other sweeteners such as agave, honey, Stevia, and others. Feel free to substitute the sugar with a sweetener that works for you and your family. Some people like it less sweet, so you could easily reduce the amount of sugar as well.

  • Mike Gainer

    Looks really good!

  • Gabrielle

    Looks delicious. My son would love it.

  • http://www.mothersmementos.com Rachel

    I love fruit in salad and so do my boys. It’s a great way to get kids and adults to eat their fruit and veggies. Yours looks amazing!

  • http://www.michelescafe.blogspot.com michele

    I’ve made salads with fruit in them before and they are delicious! My kids love their veggies with fruit. A great discovery. Yours looks yummy too. I hope I get to try it soon..Thanks

  • christina

    i love spinach and strawberrys never had them together but the salad looks amazing i would love to give it a try

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    Alice, you never cease to inspire me!

  • Mike Gainer

    We love this salad!! Yummy! I made a few changes due to allergies and time. Used crushed cashews instead of almonds and . . . bottled poppy seed dressing. Outstanding. It must be terribly bad for us, because we love it so much, but spinach and strawberries are healthy . . . .

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  • abdulfatah mohamed

    It sound yummy! but in my case i can’t use bacon what else would suggest instead?

    • Alice Currah

      Hi Abdulfatah, I would omit the bacon or you could substitute chicken. But we’ve made this without meat and it is very good!

  • Judy Green

    Looks delicious. I would like to make it this weekend. What is supposed to be done with the 2 Tbs roasted yellow or black sesame seeds???