Strawberry Spinach Salad with homemade strawberry yogurt poppy seed dressing. Fresh spinach leaves topped with juicy, ripe strawberries, crumbled feta cheese, and sugar toasted almonds and covered in a strawberry poppy seed dressing. This strawberry spinach salad can be made ahead of time and is really delicious as a light lunch or take it to a gathering for a delicious side dish.
STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD RECIPE
Strawberry spinach salad is easily one of my favorite salads. I especially love this version because of the sweet strawberry poppy seed dressing that uses strawberry yogurt! Fresh spinach leaves, sliced strawberries, toasted almonds, and feta cheese are the perfect compliment to each other and with the sweet strawberry dressing.
This strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing can be served as a light lunch with some added chicken or take it to a gathering or potluck for a delicious side dish. It's also really good with some grilled chicken during the summertime.
STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD WITH POPPYSEED DRESSING
The best part about this salad is the homemade strawberry poppy seed dressing. It's a strawberry yogurt based dressing with some sour cream and mayo for creaminess, apple cider vinegar for balance, and also some milk, sugar, and poppy seeds.
It really makes this salad amazing and I am always looking for other things that I can slather it on top of!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD
- baby spinach
- sliced strawberries
- feta cheese
- toasted almonds
- strawberry yogurt
- sour cream
- apple cider vinegar
- granulated sugar
- poppy seeds
TIPS & HELPFUL HINTS
how do I serve strawberry spinach salad?
- I serve this as a side dish and it's actually my go-to recipe to take to any sort of gathering or potluck, especially during the summer when strawberries are in season.
- You can also add some grilled chicken and serve it as a light lunch or dinner.
will leftovers keep well?
- I think this salad is best eaten after making it. But the stronger, firmer spinach leaf holds up well to the dressing, so leftovers actually are not terrible for 1-2 days after. Of course the spinach will be softer but it still tastes good. Anything after 1-2 days and the salad will just get too soft.
- And of course some people won't like the leftovers at all. So if you don't care for the softer spinach then be sure and eat it immediately after mixing it or keep all the components separate and make it as needed.
should I take the stem off the spinach?
- I always tear the long stem off the spinach before adding it into the salad bowl.
- It is up to personal preference as some are not bothered by the stem. You can leave it on or just tear it off.
- I have also found that the baby spinach leaves don't seem to have as much stem on them.
MORE SALAD RECIPES
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Citrus Berry Kale Salad - Kale with fresh berries, sugared walnuts, and a balsamic citrus dressing.
The Best Bean Salad - Just when you thought bean salad was boring. This easy bean salad uses canned beans with a surprising salad dressing for over top.
Lemon Yogurt Fruit Salad - Fresh fruit covered in a lemon yogurt dressing with honey in it.
MORE STRAWBERRY RECIPES
Strawberry Raspberry Crumble - Strawberries + raspberries with a thick brown sugar crumble over top. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Strawberry Cream Pie - Cheesecake cream pie layered with fresh strawberries and drizzled with milk chocolate.
Strawberry Lemonade Cake - An easy cake mix recipe with a can of strawberry pie filling and topped with a fluffy & light pudding frosting.
Strawberry Honey Butter - Homemade strawberry honey butter is perfect for toast or fresh homemade rolls (my favorite way to eat it!).
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Strawberry Spinach Salad
- 10 cups baby spinach stems broken off
- 1 lb strawberries thinly sliced
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 cup toasted almonds *see recipe below
Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing
- 1 container (6 oz) strawberry yogurt
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Add the spinach into a large mixing bowl (or whatever bowl you are planning on serving the salad in). Add the sliced strawberries, crumbled feta cheese, and toasted almonds.
- HOW TO MAKE TOASTED ALMONDS : Add the almonds, butter, and sugar into a skillet pan and cook over medium-high heat. Watch carefully and stir often! Once the almonds are lightly browned and smell toasty, take them off the heat and spread out the almonds on a plate or onto some parchment paper on the counter. Cool for about 5 minutes before adding to the salad. * Do not put the almonds onto paper towel to cool! They will stick to the paper towel and will be impossible to get off.
- MAKE THE DRESSING : Add all dressing ingredients into a bowl and mix together well with a whisk.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and mix together until all the spinach leaves are coated in dressing. The toppings tend to sink to the bottom of the mixing bowl so I like to scoop them up from the bottom and put them back on top of the salad. This just makes the salad look pretty and then you can see all the yummy toppings. Serve immediately. Leftovers keep well for like a day, spinach will be softer, but this salad is best served right away.
- MAKE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS : Place the spinach in the mixing bowl. Put the strawberries, feta cheese, and toasted almonds in their own seperate containers. Mix up the dressing and put that into a container. When you are ready to serve toss everything together.