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Fresh Spring Side: Spinach & Strawberry Salad

Fresh Spring Side: Spinach & Strawberry Salad

Last Sunday night I was in charge of making dinner. I sent my dad to the store with a list, but at the last minute I called him to change my mind about the side dish for my bacon and onion risotto. Dad, I said, how do you feel about a spinach and strawberry salad on the side? He loved the idea as much as I did. I love incorporating fruit into salads for a crisp and complex taste experience. This salad makes a great side for the aforementioned risotto, a lemony pasta dish, or a spice rubbed grilled chicken. Throw in a couple hard boiled eggs, some avocado, mushrooms, or crunchy bacon bits and this side salad can easily be turned into a quick and flavorful dinner. To bookmark this recipe - trust me it's one you are going to love -

Spinach & Strawberry Salad
From Whole Foods

1/2 shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
6 oz baby spinach leaves
5 fresh strawberries
1/3 cup sliced almonds
2 oz goat cheese

  1. Combine the minced shallot and raspberry vinegar in a small bowl. Slowly add the olive oil to the mixture while continuously whisking. Place the vinaigrette in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Roughly chop (or tear) the baby spinach into large julienne strips. Add to a large bowl. Prep the remaining components of the salad, but keep separated.
  3. Slice the strawberries into thin round slices.
  4. Toast the almonds by spreading on a cookie sheet and placing in a 375°F degree oven for approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Crumble the goat cheese into medium-size chunks.
  6. When you are ready to serve the salad, add the strawberries, almonds and goat cheese and lightly mix together.
  7. Add the dressing slowly (you may not want to add all the dressing to the salad). Gently mix together and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Substitute: if you are not a fan of purchasing specialty vinegars substitute a good balsamic vinegar.

Join The Conversation
krisua krisua 10 years
I loooooveeee this idea! Thank you SO MUCH!
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
Raspberry vinagrette is the best! And now I know how to make my own. I had a similar salad to this in a restaurant once that I make sometimes, but instead of strawberries it had grapes, instead of goat cheese it was roquefort, and instead of pecans it was walnuts. Now I'm thinking I could come up with all kinds of variations with different berries. . . . like whichever one is in season.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Raspberry vinegar can be found in most specialty supermarkets in the oil/vinegar aisle. Good luck finding it!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
the picture is gorgeous! since i love strawberries, i can safely say i'd love this. fab recipe :)
dewzi dewzi 10 years
yes! feta cheese and strawberries makes the best salad ever! I use vidalia onion dressing. It's the best part about living in the south :)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Hmm, Im never tried this before.
zandyblue zandyblue 10 years
I've had a version of this at Whole Foods and it was delicious. I am going to try this at home this week. Thanks
SU3 SU3 10 years
We've tried this and it's delicious! We just used whole almonds because we already had them.
demeter demeter 10 years
Oh man that looks so good! Strawberries & spinach = YUM!
Hera119 Hera119 10 years
love strawberry,hate spinach
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
Nice looking salad.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Great salad, especially now that we have spinach growing in our garden.
hills hills 10 years
oo can somone please tell me if they know if this is the same type of strawberry salad in disney land in florida because i had this when i went a few years back when i was like 8 and it was so yum
Jennie Jennie 10 years
This looks soooo yummie! Can't wait to give it a try!
bearbizzle bearbizzle 10 years
my mom makes this salad but with dried cranberries and feta. i absolutely can't wait to try this version!
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
sounds really good cant wait to try it
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Sounds like something to try!
facin8me facin8me 10 years
My husband and I love this salad- but we use a creamy poppy seed dressing. It's delicious!
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
I made a salad kinda like this, I found the recipe on the back of a salad topper bag. MMMmm.
wendybird33 wendybird33 10 years
I love how it looks! ~wendybird33~
lorioz lorioz 10 years
I love raspberry vinegar! This recipe looks great!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
I have a raspberry vinegar with pecans. I forgot who makes it, but it is DELISH!
jules_from_ohio jules_from_ohio 10 years
I love spinach and strawberry salad! It's also very good with balsamic vinaigrette... yummy!
delayedecho delayedecho 10 years
Ohh it looks fresh and inviting! Will try this (but maybe without the raspberry vinegar - where do you get that from?)
andaman andaman 10 years
I have had this with fettucinni before. It was a little strange but really good.
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