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Strawberry spinach salad with feta crumbles and pecans in a salad bowl.
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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry spinach salad recipe packed with strawberries, crunchy nuts, and tangy blue cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette for a crisp, sweet flavor explosion. Perfect as a refreshing lunch or summer dinner side salad on the back porch.
Course Salad
Cuisine Southern
Keyword strawberry salad, strawberry spinach salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 large salads
Calories 324kcal
Author Rachel

Ingredients

Salad

  • 10 oz Spinach mix I use a spinach spring mix
  • 2 cups Chopped radicchio (OPTIONAL) For bright purple color
  • 1 lb Strawberries
  • 4 oz Danish Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 1 ½ cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 cup Deseeded and sliced
  • 1 cup Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 6 oz raspberries, fresh or frozen thaw if frozen, rinse if fresh
  • 1 ½ tablespoon honey more to taste if you prefer or rasberries aren't as ripe
  • cup balsamic vinegar regular or white balsamic vinegar is fine
  • 2 tablespoon quality olive oil
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • For dressing, rinse the raspberries. In a blender, puree the raspberries. Place in a cheesecloth and crush through the pulp to remove most of the seeds. If you do not have cheesecloth, you can use a mesh strainer. You should yield about ¾ cup of raspberry puree.
  • Take the ¾ cup of strained pulp and mix with honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon, and salt. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to meld.
  • Wash and spin salad greens. Wash and slice strawberries. Top greens with strawberries, cucumber slices, walnuts, and blue cheese crumbles.
  • Serve raspberry vinaigrette dressing on the side.

Notes

Salad Dressing Tips
  • Raspberries tend to dry out in the store or refrigerator, so the amount of juice can vary. If the raspberries look a little dry or wilted, use a bit more.
  • If you can't get ¾ cup, *in a pinch* add a little water and mix through the cheesecloth/puree.
For thinker dressing
Add up to 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, starting with a teaspoon at a time. In a small bowl, mix equal parts cornstarch and dressing until the cornstarch is well mixed in a slurry. Then mix the slurry thoroughly into the rest of the dressing.
Additional topping options and substitutes
  1. Blue Cheese - substitute Feta or Goat Cheese.
  2. Grape Tomatoes, Avocado, Apple Slices, or Red Onions make great additions if you would like to try them out.
  3.  Radicchio - a bright purple lettuce, this is a great addition for both color and a crunchy lettuce texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1salad | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 18.4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Potassium: 84mg | Sugar: 2.4g | Calcium: 650mg | Iron: 0.2mg