Spinach Strawberry Salad with Creamy Strawberry Vinaigrette

March 17, 2010

Strawberry week continues with a salad.  Other fruits, such as raspberries, citrus and pomegranate, are often used for salad dressing so why not strawberries?  To keep up the strawberry theme and add even more berry deliciousness, I threw a handful of sliced strawberries into the salad itself.

Use your own favorite combination of salad ingredients but keep the strawberries!

The Dressing

  • Strawberries, 1/2 cup when chopped and mashed
  • Olive Oil, 1/2 cup  (I used  extra light olive oil for this.  I didn’t want the heavy flavor of extra virgin to overpower the berries.)
  • Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, 1/4 cup
  • Sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • Heavy Cream, 3 or 4 tablespoons
  • Salt/Pepper

The Salad

  • Baby Spinach
  • Mixed  Greens
  • Strawberries
  • Red Onion
  • Avocado
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Feta Cheese

Rinse a few berries and chop them into small chunks.Sprinkle them with sugar.Muddle, or mash, them until they’re almost pureed.  I could’ve used the food processor but it seemed a waste for such a small task.Measure the oil and vinegar in a big glass measuring cup.  It really doesn’t have to be  precise.Season with a little salt and pepper and whisk in the strawberry puree.Just before serving, whisk in the cream.Toss the greens in a large bowl.Slice the red onion into thin rings and throw it in.Slice the avocado into wedges and add it.  Sprinkle with crumbled feta or goat cheese.Slice a few more strawberries.Top it off with sliced or slivered almonds.Serve it up……and top it with dressing.

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1 James March 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Awesome! I love making my own dressing, and this one is just the type I normally like on my salad. Thanks for the post!

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2 Memoria March 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I think my mom would love this salad. I’m going to send the link to this post to her. Beautiful shots as usual.

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3 bianca March 18, 2010 at 1:42 am

You pictures stun me everytime…beautiful!

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4 grace March 18, 2010 at 6:48 am

oh, that last shot is the clincher–the drool cascade commences. :)
i love spinach strawberry salads, and your addition of avocado and an amazing vinaigrette make this a superior version!

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5 Karen Bove March 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

Thanks everyone! My daughter did an amazing job with the photos, didn’t she?

I’m hopelessly addicted to avocado. I don’t think I can make a salad without them!

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6 Nici Hinkel March 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Just made this salad last night and its amazing!!! I’m addicted to the dressing now…YUM!

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7 Gali March 25, 2010 at 2:34 am

This sounds amazingly good. And the photos are quite lovely!

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8 Nancy June 19, 2010 at 12:11 am

Thank you :) I’m going to a BBQ tomorrow, and wanted to make a strawberry/spinach salad, but the others all looked so plain/ordinary. Yours has some nice pizazz! Thanks for sharing~

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9 Nancy August 5, 2010 at 10:34 am

I made this last night. Loved it. I omitted the sugar becasue I am diabetic and the sweetness of the strawberries was enough. Thanks for the great recipe and beautiful photos.

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10 Landra March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I would never have put avacados and strawberries together but this is amazing. I, too, am addicted to avacados and love all types of fruit so this is the perfect salad. I serve salads and fruit 3 nights a weeks for dinner so this is a lovely addition that we will be enjoying often!

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