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This strawberry and spinach salad is light, and refreshing and served with roasted peppers, goat cheese, pickled onions, and candied pecans for the ultimate salad. You will love the robust flavors in this salad and how simple it is to prepare.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Strawberry spinach salad is a simple-to-prepare salad or main course consisting of spinach, fresh strawberries, roasted peppers, cheese, and vinaigrette. I took the liberty to add a few more flavors and textures with the pickled onions and candied pecans to enhance the flavors of this further.
Something magical happens when roasted peppers are served up with strawberries, and the flavor combination is to die for. If you need to make this out of season, then try swapping out the fresh strawberries for mandarin oranges.
- Spinach – I prefer to use baby spinach in this recipe. However, you can use regular spinach.
- Peppers – Roasted red bell peppers and yellow bell peppers are perfect. You can also just use 1 or the other.
- Cheese – I like to use goat cheese for this strawberry spinach salad. However, you can also use feta cheese or a combination of both.
- Onions – Pickled onions add so much flavor to this salad.
- Pecans – I added some candied pecans to this dish for some sweetness, nutty flavors, and texture.
- Strawberries – Fresh strawberries are what you will need. Frozen strawberries, once thawed, are a bit too waterlogged and will not work for this.
- Dressing – I prefer my poppy seed dressing or balsamic vinaigrette for this salad.
How to Make a Strawberry Spinach Salad
Start by thinly slicing the fresh strawberries.
Next, julienne the roasted peppers.
Add the washed and dried baby spinach to a large salad bowl.
Garnish the salad with sliced strawberries, candied pecans, pickled onions, cheese, and roasted peppers. Serve alongside your favorite dressing.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: Keep the dressing separate and the salad accompaniments separate, but you can prepare this up to 2 days ahead of time for freshness. Don’t season it until it’s ready to serve.
How To Store: If you can keep the seasoning and vinaigrette separate, cover and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Chef Notes + Tips
- You can also add fresh basil leaves or micro-greens as a garnish to this dish.
- Feel free to add a protein like cooked chicken, fish, or steak.
More Salad Recipes
Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe
- Start by thinly slicing the fresh strawberries.
- Next, julienne the roasted peppers.
- Add the washed and dried baby spinach to a large salad bowl.
- Garnish the salad with the sliced strawberries, candied pecans, pickled onions, cheese, and roasted peppers. Season with salt and pepper and serve alongside your favorite dressing.