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This Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe is loaded with fresh summer strawberries and is topped with a delicious Sesame Poppyseed dressing. It is perfect for a healthy lunch or a side salad for dinner. It also makes a great salad to take to a party.

I am really excited about sharing the recipe for this Spinach and Strawberry Salad with you. It is one that my family loves to eat! The salad is made up of just three ingredients…fresh strawberries, spinach, and slivered or sliced almonds!

The recipe was shared with us by a friend who caters for parties. Whenever we have a big party we ask him to cater and the one thing we always have him make each time has been this Strawberry Spinach Salad. Everyone always loves it!

It really is easy to make and it is the perfect salad for summertime. And the homemade dressing takes it over the top. We finally just asked for the recipe

Strawberry Spinach Salad with homemade dressing in a red bowl
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Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients

It seems like a lot of ingredients, but it’s actually not too bad and the recipe comes together really quickly.

The ingredients in strawberry spinach salad, laid out and labeled.
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Almonds – You can toast the almonds if desired. You can also use walnuts, candied pecans, or just plain toasted pecans.
  • Cheese – You can also add feta cheese, goat cheese, blue cheese, or a cubed hard cheese that your family likes.
The ingredients in strawberry spinach salad, laid out and labeled.

You’ll start by making the dressing first, as it has to sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Poppyseed Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Paprika
  • Minced Onion
The ingredients in sesame poppyseed dressing, laid out and labeled.

This is such a great summer salad with fresh strawberries mixed in! The combination of baby spinach, strawberries, and almonds along with the homemade dressing makes an amazing salad.

It is always a hit at parties. If you are making it for a party, I would at least double the recipe. This recipe as written serves 4-6 people.

How to Make the Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, and minced onion. Cover tightly and chill for one hour.

Homemade poppyseed salad dressing ingredients getting whisked in a bowl.

When ready to use, whisk again because the seeds may have settled at the bottom of the bowl. That’s all you need to do for the dressing!

How to Make this Spinach Salad

Use fresh, ripened strawberries for the best results. I love making this salad during the summer strawberry season with freshly picked berries. We love to make this into a main course as well, by adding some cooked, shredded or grilled chicken to the salad.

The ingredients in strawberry spinach chicken salad, laid out.

Wash the strawberries by rinsing them with water. Pat them dry or let them sit on some paper towels to dry.

Once they are dry, slice off the tops of the strawberries and slice the rest of the berry into thin slices. I usually cut the strawberries into thin slices so that they are not such big pieces of strawberries in the salad.

A bowl of spinach with strawberries on top for strawberry spinach salad.

Place your spinach in a large serving bowl, then top with sliced strawberries.

A bowl of spinach with strawberries and almonds on top for strawberry spinach salad.

Add sliced or slivered almonds. Optionally, you can toast the almonds.

A bowl of strawberry and spinach salad with almonds that isn't dressed yet.

Gently toss the ingredients together so the strawberries and almonds are mixed throughout the salad.

Keep the salad chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. I would make it as close to serving time as you possibly can.

Add the dressing when you are serving the salad, not ahead of time. The salad will become soggy if you add it ahead of time.

Two Ways to Serve this Salad 

You can serve it in a large bowl and add the dressing to the entire salad. If you do it this way, pour the dressing over the salad and give it a gentle toss to mix it evenly.

A blue bowl of strawberry and spinach salad with almonds, drizzled with sesame poppyseed dressing.

You can also serve it on individual plates with the dressing on the side. By serving it this way, each person can add dressing to their own salad and control how much dressing they would like on their salad.

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You do not need to use all of the dressing. Use however much you prefer on your typical salad. We recently made this salad for dinner and had extra dressing left over. My husband used it on salads for lunch for a few days!

Got Leftovers? 

If you have leftover salad without dressing, it can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Any salad with dressing on it should only be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. The salad may be a bit soggy the next day.

Use any leftover salad dressing quickly. The poppy seeds and sesame seeds will soften by the next day but it will still taste okay. If you are making another batch of salad for guests, however, I would make a fresh batch of dressing.

Have an Almond Allergy?

Replace the almonds with candied pecans or walnuts. If you have a nut allergy, you can use sunflower seeds.

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Make the Salad a Main Course

This salad makes an easy side dish, but you can make it a meal as well! Add shredded chicken, cubed rotisserie chicken, or grilled chicken along with some cheese to make this a hearty lunch or dinner recipe instead of a side salad.

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Recipe Tips

  • Make sure the strawberries are fully dry before adding them to the salad so there is not any excess moisture added to the salad.
  • Add the salad dressing right before serving the salad to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.
  • Add cooked chicken to make this salad a full meal!

Looking for More Strawberry Recipes? 

Here are a few of my favorite recipes for you to try…Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Kiwi PopsiclesDehydrated Strawberries, and Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Pie!

Did you make this recipe? If so, please leave a comment and rating below. I love hearing from you

A red bowl with strawberry spinach salad with slivered almonds and poppyseed dressing.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

5 from 2 votes
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing is topped with slivered almonds and a delicious homemade dressing to make the salad even tastier!
Author: Jeannie
Servings: 4 people
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Chill dressing: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients  

Dressing

  • 1 ½ tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion

Salad

  • 4 oz. spinach dried and torn in to bite size pieces
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries sliced
  • ¼ cup slivered or sliced almonds

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika and minced onion to make the dressing.
    1 ½ tablespoons sesame seeds, 2 teaspoons poppy seeds, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, ⅓ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, ⅛ teaspoon paprika, 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • Cover and chill for one hour.
  • In a serving bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries, and almonds. Pour the dressing over the salad when serving and toss gently.
    4 oz. spinach, 2 cups fresh strawberries, ¼ cup slivered or sliced almonds

Notes

Recipe Tips:

Make sure the strawberries are fully dry before adding them to the salad so there is not any excess moisture added to the salad.
Add the salad dressing right before serving the salad to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.
Add cooked chicken to make a complete meal!

Special Equipment Needeed

  • bowl

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowlCalories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 25mgPotassium: 371mgFiber: 4gSugar: 21gCalcium: 111mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salad, spinach salad, strawberry salad, easy side salad recipe, salad recipe for a party, strawberry spinach salad, summer salad
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I love to make simple yet delicious dinners. Time with my family is so important to me so I try to make quick and easy dinner recipes most of the time. I also love to bake and my family loves the job of being my taste testers!

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4 Comments

  1. Charlene says:

    This salad was delicious! I made it with some berries from the market and everyone loved it!

    1. Jeannie Z says:

      Hi Charlene!

      So glad to hear that! It is a favorite salad in my house!

      Jeannie

  2. Casey says:

    5 stars
    The dressing for this salad is amazing! Really adds to the salad. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Jeannie Z says:

      Thanks for letting me know Casey! So glad you liked it!

      Jeannie