Healthy Spring Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe With Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette by Chef Gigi


Healthy Spring Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe With Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

My family loves this spring strawberry spinach salad recipe. I think we could eat the healthy recipe daily! This fresh fruit and spinach salad is also a great first course for a long-awaited spring luncheon.

The salad is made with toasted pecans, red onion, fresh baby spinach, strawberries and crumbled feta cheese. The tangy balsamic vinaigrette is a combination of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, poppy seeds, honey and Dijon mustard. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together and drizzle over the fresh spinach salad ingredients. So fresh and easy!

Soaking the onion in water will remove any bitterness of the onion, which makes it pair better with the sweet strawberry. If you're not a fan of poppy seeds, leave them out! You could use other fruit in this salad like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pear, apple or grapes. Serve this salad for lunch or as a side dish for dinner

Cuisine: American
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Salad

  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach, cleaned and dry
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Here is how to make it:

  1. Spread the pecans in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the pecans smell fragrant and crispy. Keep your eye on them; they are full of fat and can burn quickly. Remove from the oven and immediately transfer off the hot baking sheet to prevent them from overcooking. Roughly chop the pecans and set aside. 
  2. Put the sliced onion into a bowl and with cold water. Set aside. 
  3. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl until well combined and chill until ready to dress the salad.
  4. Place the spinach in a large serving bowl. Add the strawberries. Drain the red onion, pat dry and add to the salad bowl. Drizzle about half of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Add the feta and chopped pecans. Toss lightly to combine. Serve immediately once the salad is dressed. I also like to add additional dressing on the side.

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Pecans $4 & Up
Poppy Seeds $3 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Honey $4 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up

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Donna John
Yum! Going to make this and put a grilled chicken breast or grilled shrimp on top. Or maybe a piece of salmon. How long do you soak the red onion, Chef Gigi ?
Chef Gigi
Donna John, soak them until you are ready to use them. Doesn't takes long. Another great thing with sliced red onion is pickling them in vinegar for tacos! I need to post that!

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