There’s something about strawberries & summer that just go together. I thought of this recipe after going to La Madeline for lunch one day and I had their strawberry spinach salad. It was really good and I thought, man this would be really easy to recreate!
Strawberries are also a LOT cheaper in the summer – at least in Texas they are! I can get a pound of strawberries for less than $2 usually and they are much fresher and last longer. Sometimes I can get get them on sale for $1 if I’m really lucky! We buy strawberries every week so I’m always on the lookout for the freshest berries & best prices.
How to wash & store your strawberries
Make sure you wash your strawberries really well because they tend to have a lot of extra dirt on them. I put a colander in a bowl, then fill with the strawberries, a drop of dish soap, and warm water. Then wash them gently with your hands for about a minute.
Then lift your colander out of the mixing bowl (you will see super dirty water!) and rinse your strawberries well.
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I just slice the tops off my strawberries and place them in a Rubbermaid FreshWorks container. This container is great and really does make them last longer!
Strawberry Spinach Salad
This salad makes a big lunch, so get ready! It will fill you up! And it ticks off 4 of Dr. Fuhrman’s 6 G-BOMBS – greens, berries, onions, seeds/nuts – you could even add some sautéed mushrooms and white beans to get all 6 if you are really motivated!
I usually already have strawberries & onions prepped in the fridge – I just have to chop the strawberries. You can either slice them or dice them. Doesn’t matter.
I prefer the walnuts, but sliced almonds are nice too. The walnuts have more flavor and they are higher in Omega-3 fats so it’s great to use those when you can.
For the dressing you have 3 great options:
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette like Maple Grove Brand
- Balsamic Glaze
The balsamic glaze has a higher concentrated sugar content, but it is also stronger in flavor so it doesn’t take much! Just a drizzle on the top is all you need.
This salad is PERFECT to bring to summer parties when you aren’t sure if there are going to be any vegan or plant-based options. Trust me when I say you better serve yourself quick before the omnivores devour your salad!
Please comment below if you try this recipe & if you made any adjustments!
Strawberry Spinach Salad
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup chopped or sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup chopped red onions
- 1/8 cup sliced almonds or chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar or drizzle of balsamic glaze
- Place spinach in a bowl & add toppings. Top with balsamic vinegar or a small drizzle or balsamic glaze.
I have made this salad many times and it is always a hit. However, I use Raspberry vinaigrette mixed with a little poppy seed dressing drizzled over the top. Not as healthy but certainly good.
I tried this. It is great. Thanks for the recipe