Fresh Strawberry Spinach Salad


Fresh Strawberry Spinach Salad

I made this fresh strawberry spinach salad for our Memorial Day picnic yesterday and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be my go-to salad recipe for the rest of Summer. I love the combination of spinach, strawberries and toasted pecans, but I think the homemade poppy seed dressing is the best part. This recipe is healthy and easy and perfect for pretty much any Summer get together.  I’m actually planning to keep the dressing on hand so I can make this salad for myself for lunch during the day. I hope you try it and like it as much as we do. :)

Fresh Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Fresh Strawberry Spinach Salad

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:

1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 tsp dry mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup canola oil
6 cups baby spinach leaves
2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, dry mustard, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Whisking constantly, slowly add the oil, and continue to whisk until the vinaigrette is well combined.

In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, strawberries, onions, and pecans. Add half of the vinaigrette and toss gently. Add more vinaigrette as needed to lightly coat the ingredients. Serve immediately.

from Cooking from the Farmer's Market

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7 Responses to “Fresh Strawberry Spinach Salad”

  1. 1

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 28, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    A simple salad like this is so key in the summer! This is super simple + fabulous! Love!

  2. 2

    Kathy — May 28, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    Sounds delicious! Love strawberries in a salad!

  3. 3

    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — May 28, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    i love a good strawberry spinach salad. this dressing sounds amazing on its own too!

  4. 4

    nessa — May 29, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    This looks delicious! Way to go Megan!

  5. 5

    Sarah B — May 31, 2013 @ 6:17 am

    This looks yummy! I told David I am excited for when we will be able to make this salad with things fresh from the garden – strawberries are still green and spinach is getting there. Will definitely have to try this :)

  6. 6

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 31, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    Strawberry spinach salad is a summer favorite around here!

  7. 7

    Nutmeg Nanny — June 1, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Yum! I love strawberry incorporated into salads like this, looks fantastic!

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