Strawberry spinach salad is a light and fresh salad with fruit to bring sweet and fresh flavors. Assemble this salad and dress with your favorite dressing for a healthy and filling lunch.
Recipe at a Glance
Prep/Cook Time: 10 minutes
Notes: While the chopped walnuts are toasting, chop the remaining ingredients then just assemble your salad and use your favorite dressing. So easy!
I absolutely love this salad because for me, there’s just something extra fresh and bright about a salad with fruit. And this salad uses vibrant sweet strawberries that not only add color to the salad, but add a welcomed sweetness. If you’ve never had a salad that uses fruit in it before, you need to try this!
The salad is also loaded with tangy goat cheese, refreshing diced cucumbers, and warm toasted walnuts. This is anything but a boring bland salad.
What dressing to use on a strawberry spinach salad?
So, while I say use your favorite dressing, I truly think this needs something light. I don’t think heavy creamy dressings like ranch, French, blue cheese, and 1000 Island would work here. To me, that just adds a richness and heaviness that goes against this like salad with fruit.
I recommend choosing a vinaigrette based dressing. I used a traditional balsamic vinaigrette, but the grocery store has tons of options from different brands for vinaigrette. You can also look for vinaigrette with fruit flavor, like raspberry or strawberry.
How to make Strawberry Spinach Salad
So even though this is a recipe, it’s more of an “assembly” since there really isn’t anything you’re cooking. But, you’ll love how easy this is! Bringing this to work for lunch? Just pack it in a container and bring the dressing on the side.
- Heat your oven to 350. Pour 1 cup of chopped walnuts on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- While the walnuts are toasting, dice 1 cup of strawberries. Peel and remove the seeds of one large cucumber, then dice. You can also buy a seedless cucumber.
- Assemble your salad by mixing equal parts of baby spinach and romaine lettuce, top with strawberries, cucumbers, toasted walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle your dressing over top, then enjoy! It’s that easy, and this will be your new favorite salad!
Can I substitute goat cheese with another cheese?
I figured I should address this in case you were wondering. I know goat cheese isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. So, if you don’t like goat cheese you can use crumbled feta cheese instead. I have this with feta cheese and it’s just as good!
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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese is a light and fresh salad perfect for lunch or dinner. The strawberries add a sweet burst of flavor, while the toasted walnuts add warmth and crunch. Make this in 10 minutes!
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 10
- Yield: 3-4 salads
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: American
1 cup of diced strawberries
1 cucumber, peeled and seeds removed then diced
1 cup of chopped walnuts
4oz crumbled goat cheese
Vinaigrette dressing, like balsamic vinaigrette
1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour 1 cup of chopped walnuts on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
2. While the walnuts are toasting, dice the strawberries so you have 1 cup of diced strawberries. The number of strawberries needed to get one cup of diced will depend on how large your strawberries are. Peel and remove the seeds of one large cucumber, then dice. You can also buy a seedless cucumber to skip the step of having to deseed the traditional cucumber.
3. Assemble your salad by mixing equal parts of baby spinach and romaine lettuce, top with strawberries, cucumbers, toasted walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle your dressing over top, then enjoy!
Don’t like goat cheese? Substitute crumbled feta cheese!
Keywords: salad with fruit