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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing

This week is super busy for us. We are both busy at work and trying to get everything ready for the big bake sale on Saturday. I am also going to do a live cooking segment for Studio 5 on Friday. I have been on the show before, I made my banana cinnamon chip cake, but it’s been awhile. I hope it goes well!  My mind is a little frazzled this week. We have a lot of baking to do, but it will be fun and it is for a great cause.

I found strawberries on sale for 99 cents a pound this week. I have been enjoying them in my yogurt, oatmeal, and even for dessert. I love how sweet and juicy they are. I also made a strawberry spinach salad with strawberry dressing for dinner last night.

This salad is very simple-perfect for our busy week.  I had an abundance of strawberries so I created a healthy strawberry dressing to go with the spinach strawberry salad.  I  pureed the berries in the blender with a little bit of lemon juice, agave nectar, salt and pepper. It was that easy. The dressing adds an extra strawberry punch to the salad.  I really like the crunchy almonds and creamy feta cheese too.  If you want to bulk up the salad, try adding grilled chicken, fish, or beans to the salad.

Celebrate strawberry season with this simple salad.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh spinach (we buy the big tubs at Costco)
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup almonds
2 ounces feta cheese

Strawberry Dressing:

7 large strawberries, cut in half
Fresh lemon juice, from 1 lemon
Drizzle of agave nectar
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Place the spinach in a medium bowl. Top with sliced strawberries, almonds, and feta cheese.

2. For the dressing, put the cut up strawberries in a blender. Squeeze lemon juice into the blender. Drizzle the strawberries with agave nectar. If your strawberries are ripe and sweet, you will only need a little agave nectar. Make according to your taste. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Pour dressing over spinach and strawberry salad.

If you like this salad, you might also like:

Nectarine and Raspberry Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Dill from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Seductive Strawberry Salad from Food Blogga
Strawberry Citrus Salad from The Bitten Word

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78 Responses to “Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing”

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    Erica — April 14, 2010 @ 4:22 am

    Good luck on the show! Please post the link once its up :) :) I had a strawberry spinach salad on the list to make for a bbq we’re having this weekend! But I’m totally going to try your dressing. Thank you for the idea. <3 ya!

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    Rosa — April 14, 2010 @ 4:30 am

    This is a very unique salad! What a fabulous combination!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Fran — April 14, 2010 @ 5:06 am

    Salad looks wonderful! I love strawberry on salad and I just might have to try this dressing! Off now to hunt down agave nectar :)

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    megan — April 14, 2010 @ 5:36 am

    looks great! I love the idea of a strawberry dressing that’s so simple. strawberries are on sale here too and I have them on my list to buy tonight. I think we’ll be having this salad :)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — April 14, 2010 @ 5:39 am

    Strawberry dressing is my favorite!!! We have gone to a restaurant for years that makes a delicious strawberry vinaigrette, and I have tried numerous times to recreate it. I love fruity dressings!!

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    Tiffany — April 14, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    That is such a brightly colored salad. I love it… so simple and just perfect for Spring!

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    Kalynskitchen — April 14, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    It sounds really good. I love the idea of strawberries in the dressing AND in the salad!

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    Courtney — April 14, 2010 @ 6:34 am

    Aaaaah! CONGRATS on getting to go on a show! (looks like for the 2nd time, neat!) This salad looks amazing, can I please reach through my computer screen and grab me a bite :)

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    Jamie — April 14, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    I have no idea why I don’t do savory/sweet more often. This sounds just wonderful with the strawberries and the feta. Fantastic warm weather lunch. Beautiful. And at 99ç a pound I’d be eating strawberries everyday!

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    HoneyB — April 14, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    Your salad is absolutely beautiful Maria! Gorgeous!

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    Michelle — April 14, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    Absolutely one of my very favorite salads! Love it!

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    Joanne — April 14, 2010 @ 6:51 am

    I have been all about the strawberries lately as well! They are just so refreshing after such a long winter.

    This salad looks excellent. Love how there are strawberries in every bite.

    Good luck on all of your appearances this weekend!

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    Traci — April 14, 2010 @ 6:54 am

    You’ll do great on Friday Maria! Love the salad. I’ve been enjoying my .99 strawberries this week too. Definetely going to try the dressing. Thanks for posting!

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    Kelley — April 14, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    Sounds and looks divine. Wish I could be there to help with the sale this weekend.

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    Elle — April 14, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    Beautiful and so simple! I’ve never thought of using pureed strawberries in a salad dressing. Nice one!

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    Jenny Flake — April 14, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    I love when strawberries go on sale like that!! Your salad looks beautiful!

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    Hannah — April 14, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    I’ve never been too keen on strawberries in salad, but this does sound good… Perhaps I’ll finally try the combo!

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    Bonnie — April 14, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    Good luck getting all done in your very busy week. Your salad is beautiful. I love strawberries and have been using them a lot now that they are on sale and so available and beautiful.

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    Tracy — April 14, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    I’m so jealous of your strawberries on sale! We still have a couple more months to go before that will happen over here. :-P This salad looks wonderful!

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    anna maria — April 14, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    this looks delicious! i have never tried strawberry dressing but will try it tonight! walnuts are also great with the spinach, feta & strawberries combo :)

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    Cara — April 14, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    We’ve been buying a lot of strawberries lately too. I love the simplicity of your dressing and that it doesn’t even require any oil, just the balance of the lemon. Definitely need to try that!

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    Cristie — April 14, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    I with you on the busy week! The sale will be fun and can’t wait to be engaged in a good cause with good friends!

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    Jen @ How To: Simplify — April 14, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    I absolutely love spinach salad. The strawberries really make this salad pop!

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    kat — April 14, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    What a wonderful spring salad! I can’t wait until our local strawberries are in the stores

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    One of my favorite spinach salads! I am loving the use of agave in the dressing!

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    Brittany — April 14, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    Oh my! This salad would totally hit the spot!! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try it!

    Have fun, and good luck with everything!

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    Dee — April 14, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    Thanks for sharing I can’t wait to try it. I also look forward to seeing you on studio 5 on Friday. Take a deep breath and relax you will be fine. Love your blog!

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    Rachel (S[d]OC) — April 14, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    Good luck with the bake sale! You rock.

    That is a really run salad. I envy you the 99 per pounds berries. Still not the season around here to get them that cheap. I guess the cost of the ticket wouldn’t justify the cost of flying out there for the cheap strawberries? ;-)

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    MAYBELLINE — April 14, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    Any suggestions for a feta replacement? My husband hates feta.

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    picky cook — April 14, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    bookmarked – this sounds like perfection. love the idea of strawberry dressing. yum

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    Liesl — April 14, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Wow, your pictures make me want a Strawberry salad RIGHT NOW!! YUM! I love salads like that so refreshing!

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    Memoria — April 14, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    Now, that is the prettiest salad I’ve ever seen!

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    grace — April 14, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    no salad is quite as tempting to me as a strawberry spinach salad. it’s the perfect time for it, too. also, your dressing rocks.

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    Megan — April 14, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    I love strawberry spinach salads, but I’ve never tried strawberry dressing. It sounds really good, and you’ve got me craving this salad now!

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    Pam — April 14, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    Good luck with the show and bake sale. The salad looks lovely, I especially love the sound of the dressing.

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    Barbara Bakes — April 14, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    Good luck on the show! Great photo of the yummy salad. The red cloth really sets if off.

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    LilSis — April 14, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    This is a beautiful salad! I love strawberries on a spinach salad. One of my all time favorites!

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    Susan @ SGCC — April 14, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    Love this! I always put some kind of fruit in my salads. Looks so lovely! Now, if I can scrounge enough strawberries from my little garden patch, I’m all set.

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    Joe @ Eden Kitchen — April 14, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    Mmm that looks divine. Can’t wait for strawberries to be in season in this part of the world…

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    Mags — April 14, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

    I live for spinach salad recipes. And those strawberries…. just wow!

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