Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing | gimmesomeoven.com

Toto, I think we’re back in Kansas City now.  But if I eat this Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad, I just might be able to pretend like I’m still in California at the Big Traveling Potluck!

That’s right.  This past weekend, I traveled to beautiful So-Cal to spend the weekend with about 75 other food bloggers for a non-conference-y conference.  There were no sessions on SEO.  No 5-point plans to grow your business.  No huge crowds to press through.  Instead, it was a wonderfully low-key weekend overflowing with encouragement, avocados, great conversations, breathtaking California sunsets, make-your-own-spritzer bars, avocados, late-night chats, a surprise raffle win from Whole Foods (crazy exciting!), warm sunshine, great wine, guacamole contests, margaritas, and some truly amazing people.  Oh, and did I mention avocados? It’s true.  From celebrating the release of Gabi’s new Absolutely Avocados cookbook, to taking a tour of a stunningly beautiful avocado ranch from a self-proclaimed “gentleman farmer”, to a make-your-own-guacamole contest, to a gourmet 4-course avocado dinner, to an avocado toast breakfast bar, I had no idea that this conference (sponsored by the amazing California Avocado Commission) was going to treat us to a taste of avocado heaven.  Such a treat!!

More than anything though, I was so excited to be reunited with some good blogging friends.  And then to really-and-truly “meet” some bloggers I have known for years online, as well as some brand new friends.  I have to admit that going to a big networking conference where it’s 24/7 social time had made this introvert a little nervous, but everyone was so friendly and welcoming that it turned out to be a ton of fun.  And I came away really inspired by so many of the conversations and speakers.  Definitely a great weekend!

So to celebrate those delicious California avocados and California strawberries that we enjoyed, I thought it only appropriate to share one of my new favorite salads — this Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing!  The classic strawberry spinach salad has been a favorite of mine for ages, but when you throw in some creamy avocados and gorgonzola, I fall in love with it all over again.  So simple, so fresh, and SO good.  Makes me happy.

Thanks so all of you Potluck bloggers (especially our inspiring and generous organizers, Three Many Cooks) for such a delightful weekend.  Hugs from Kansas City, and can’t wait to see you all again soon!

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

A delicious spinach salad with fresh strawberries, avocados, and a simple poppyseed dressing.


Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced (or you can double this to 2 avocados!)
  • 4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola or blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • half a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • poppyseed dressing (recipe below)

Poppyseed Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (or any oil, such as olive oil)
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • pinch of ground dry mustard (optional)
  • salt and pepper


To Make The Salad:

Toss all ingredients together with your desired amount of dressing until combined. Serve immediately.

To Make The Poppyseed Dressing:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

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Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Natalie — December 21, 2013 @ 8:16 pm (#)

    Sound wonderful so great I could eat everyday!
    Will try for Christmas!

  2. bing ibuyan — January 10, 2014 @ 5:42 am (#)

    in my place philippines there is no available baby spinach not much of strawberry its called seasonal and also oyher ingredients. what is the substitute of baby spinach?

    • Susan — January 10, 2014 @ 10:34 am (#)

      You can substitute blueberries or blackberries if you are able to get those fruits. And as far as the salad part goes, sometimes I use an organic field mesclun mix instead of the spinach. Just experiment!

    • maggie — January 12, 2014 @ 12:01 pm (#)

      Try Kale it is very good..Just put the dressing on the kale an hour before adding the other ingredients. Delicious

    • Ellen — February 21, 2014 @ 10:25 am (#)

      No don’t use Kale it is too hard, use field salat or maybe they cal it fetticus!
      I am from holland and we use this always in stead of spinach! Too bad you can not buy it here in the USA but I read you can buy it in the Asian part of the world! :-)

  3. Claire Roche — January 13, 2014 @ 3:03 pm (#)

    My daughter serve me your spinach strawberry salad with the poppy seed dressing yesterday for lunch ,it was absolutely delicious .Thank you for sharing this with us .. Claire Roche of Calgary

  4. Diane — January 19, 2014 @ 6:22 pm (#)

    This looks terrific! Do you know if it is gluten free?

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 4:17 pm (#)

      Yep, it is gluten-free! Enjoy! :)

  5. Cory — January 20, 2014 @ 5:58 pm (#)

    Do you have the nutritional info on this recipe…mainly looking for calorie count?


  6. Ivy — January 21, 2014 @ 3:03 pm (#)

    This recipe looks lovely. Do you have and will you share the nutritional information? I would like to have that if possible. Thanks!

  7. sheryl — January 22, 2014 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    yummy and good for you to boot! I love blueberries and added some, great with the dressing. thanks for the delish dish.

  8. Jackie W — January 24, 2014 @ 4:27 pm (#)

    This salad and dressing are AWESOME! Even though it’s winter, I couldn’t resist making it and all I can say is WOW. So delish and so refreshing. I shared it with a vegetarian friend of mine and she loved it. I can’t wait until the summer when I can go pick some fresh strawberries. BTW…I added some salmon and it was to die for!!

  9. Vicci Mauldin — January 28, 2014 @ 11:15 pm (#)

    Sounds yummy!! Going to try it!! I am an avocado lover!!

  10. Lynda Hodel — February 1, 2014 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    Looks awesome, I will definitely be trying this recipe yummm

  11. kmartinez — February 10, 2014 @ 9:48 pm (#)

    We dont care for gorgonzola cheese or Bleu Cheese.
    Is there any other type of cheese that would work well for this recipe?

    Thank-you :)

    • Ali — April 4, 2014 @ 11:42 pm (#)

      Hi Kellie, any soft cheeses would work!

    • Denise — May 10, 2014 @ 5:42 pm (#)

      I used Feta and it was wonderful! I do not like blue cheese, either.

  12. Bruce Colebank — February 16, 2014 @ 11:52 am (#)

    The appearance of this salad makes my mouth water. My wife and I are looking to eat more responsibly. Both of us are nearing 70. She has emphysema. We are looking for recipes like this to enhance my wife’s energy and well being. I look forward to more wonderful recipes. Got any energy boosting recipes for us?

  13. Fructe uscate — February 18, 2014 @ 4:14 am (#)

    Healthy and delicious!

  14. Erica — February 19, 2014 @ 4:18 pm (#)

    I have made this salad for years…got the recipe from my MIL in PA. Absolutely fabulous! I would not omit the dry mustard, btw…it really makes it tasty!

  15. Denise — February 20, 2014 @ 4:20 am (#)

    How long will this poppy seed dressing stay fresh?

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 5:00 pm (#)

      You could keep it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

  16. MBozas — February 21, 2014 @ 11:34 am (#)

    I made this salad last night and it was amazing! My husband loved it too! will make again and again.

  17. ErinY — February 26, 2014 @ 5:40 pm (#)

    Just ate this for dinner. I left out the poppy seeds and onion and added chicken and bacon (I like some meat in my salad). It was delicious!! I’ll definitely be making this again!

  18. lisa — March 11, 2014 @ 7:04 am (#)

    Fabulous, in a word. Took it to a church ladies bible study. Bam! It was gone! I added bacon.

  19. Rachael — March 20, 2014 @ 4:31 pm (#)

    Omitted onion and used chive (fructose malabsorption person here). Ground my own mustard seed. Added baby beetroots. Used ash chèvre instead of Gorgonzola (housemate is lactose intolerant) Oh. My. Goooooodness. This was delicious!

  20. Kristin @ cheap-chef.com — April 8, 2014 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    Love. Love strawberries and spinach, love poppyseed dressing. Love everything about this recipe and I cannot wait to try it. Thank you!

  21. Katherine — April 18, 2014 @ 9:36 am (#)

    Warning! Ingredients for Poppyseed dressing are not included when recipe prints.

    • Katherine — April 18, 2014 @ 9:38 am (#)

      Sorry wrong about that – everything is right there.

  22. skye — April 22, 2014 @ 3:50 pm (#)

    Yet another favorite in our household that made it to my favorite recipes list on my blog- holy cow we love this salad – have it at least once a week – no kidding! :) Very healthy too!

  23. Amber — April 22, 2014 @ 9:17 pm (#)

    Loved it… made it for a gathering and everyone raved.. I definitely intend to make it again, but next time I will use 1/4c oil, rather than 1/2. It really wilts down the spinach… Otherwise, excellent recipe, thank you!

  24. Adrienne — April 27, 2014 @ 2:41 am (#)

    This is my new go-to salad for BBQs and potlucks. I took it to a birthday get together tonight and it was a huge hit! Several people there have food allergies/sensitivities (including me,) so having a home-made salad dressing is a huge plus. Everyone could eat it!

  25. Kelly — May 2, 2014 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    Hi Ali
    I am making your awesome salad this weekend! I recently made a spring chopped salad and mentioned your salad in my post. If you get a chance check it out:http://cupsandspoonfuls.com/2014/05/02/spring-chopped-salad-5-spring-salads-for-mothers-day/
    Take care!

  26. Tina — May 9, 2014 @ 4:38 am (#)

    Delicious!! It would be helpful the have the nutrition information for this and all other recipes on your site.

  27. Shelagh — May 9, 2014 @ 11:53 am (#)

    Please give nutritional content . This salad looks awesome, but I want to know how much I can eat myself.

  28. Holly — May 17, 2014 @ 5:26 pm (#)

    Omg!!! This was sooooo yummy !!!! My new fave!!!

  29. Susie — May 20, 2014 @ 4:14 pm (#)

    Yummy! I want this now. I must save this recipe. I love all of the ingredients!

  30. CindyH — May 23, 2014 @ 12:22 pm (#)

    I was searching for a salad recipe and luckily I came across this one. I made this last night to take to dinner with friends. Everyone loved it! I used Feta cheese and I sugared the almond slices. It was delicious!

  31. terry — July 2, 2014 @ 6:30 pm (#)

    Some fresh blueberries would really pop w/all this great flavor!ti

  32. Marty — July 2, 2014 @ 9:36 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and it was a hit! Happy plates all around :) Delicious summer salad!

  33. pradnya — July 7, 2014 @ 8:53 am (#)

    I made it yesterday night and it turned out superb. The dressing itself was sweet-sour pleasing. Combined with fresh veggies it was an instant hit. Thanks a lot.

  34. Kristie Hill — July 13, 2014 @ 9:21 pm (#)

    I was already planning on making a strawberry spinach salad for dinner tonight, but got online to find an idea to make it a little different. Adding the avocados was a great idea, Ali!

  35. Irene — July 30, 2014 @ 1:10 pm (#)

    Kept this recipe from FB months ago. Will make a large one for a birthday party in Aug. Can’t wait. It looks so good. Will also add Feta.

  36. Patricia — September 4, 2014 @ 2:46 pm (#)

    Can I use Dijon mustard instead of the ground mustard?

    • Ali — September 4, 2014 @ 5:21 pm (#)

      Sure thing.

  37. Ronda Zwierz — November 5, 2014 @ 8:59 pm (#)

    Not a big avocado fan, but the rest of this sounds lovely.  Since I live with a carnivore, who looks at me like a wounded animal if there is no meat on the table, I think I will replace that with chunks of chicken or turkey breast and make this a meal.  With some fresh home made bread it should be delightful!

  38. bodynsoil — January 20, 2015 @ 4:50 am (#)

    Wow, the strawberries and avocado make a beautiful combination. Thank you for sharing this..

  39. Susan — April 4, 2015 @ 7:02 pm (#)

    Ali, how many will this serve? I’m taking it to my daughter’s tomorrow for Easter dinner.  Thanks!

  40. CJ — April 6, 2015 @ 3:30 am (#)

    This isa very good salad.   My concern is the calories from the salad dressing.   I think you could cut the amount of oil or make a vinergette dressing workout the oil.  Make s dressing using cashews, little bit of Almond milk, o garlic and Basalmic vinegar .  

  41. Claudia — April 16, 2015 @ 2:55 pm (#)

    I made this salad for a Spring Luncheon for 135 ladies.  Our event was a benifit fund  raiser for The Sisters of the Holy Family Guild Of Alameda County.  It very easy to make and it brought many complaiments. It not only tasted good it was beautiful to look at.

    • Ali — April 16, 2015 @ 10:44 pm (#)

      Thanks for giving my recipe a try Claudia, I’m glad it was a hit for your event!

  42. Lin — April 23, 2015 @ 5:19 pm (#)

    Again, What is the Nutrition Facts

    • Ali — May 1, 2015 @ 12:47 pm (#)

      Hi Lin, I’m sorry but we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. I hope that helps!

  43. Erin — May 19, 2015 @ 3:43 pm (#)

    LOVE this salad.

    eat it with grilled chicken. perfect meal.

    • Ali — May 20, 2015 @ 8:34 am (#)

      Thanks, Erin! : )

  44. Heather — May 23, 2015 @ 9:04 am (#)

    Started making this salad in March. It was soooo good we had it with Easter dinner. Now having it again for Memorial Day get together. I love how it satisfies and pleased the family members aging from teens to 50’s!

    • Ali — May 25, 2015 @ 8:30 am (#)

      Thanks, Heather! So glad you like it. : )

  45. Andrea — May 24, 2015 @ 5:43 pm (#)

    This salad is so good! I don’t like gorgonzola cheese so i use feta instead. I bring this to cookouts a lot and it’s always a big hit. 

    • Ali — May 25, 2015 @ 8:07 am (#)

      Thanks, Andrea! : )

  46. Colleen NJ — June 15, 2015 @ 6:39 pm (#)

    This is the second time I’ve made this salad and it’s my favorite.  I have a family get together in July and this salad will be served.  Thank you so much for posting!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 15, 2015 @ 8:40 pm (#)

      Thanks, Colleen! We’re so happy you enjoy this!

  47. Blair Boudreau — July 19, 2015 @ 7:26 pm (#)

    your recipes look amazing.  I’d love to follow your page.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 19, 2015 @ 8:11 pm (#)

      Thank you Blair!

  48. peprich52 — July 20, 2015 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    We enjoyed this flavorful summer salad.  It’s very easy and we will make again.  We used 1 lb. of baby spinach.  Instead of cider vinegar, we used 1/4 c. raspberry vinegar.  Instead of honey, we used agave.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 21, 2015 @ 11:21 am (#)

      Thans for sharing, we’re glad you liked it! :)

  49. Tina — August 4, 2015 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    This salad is delicious! I made it as the direction surpggested, using blue cheese, added blueberries, omitted the nuts and topped with grilled chicken! AMAZING!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 5, 2015 @ 10:39 pm (#)

      Thanks Tina, we’re so happy you enjoyed it! :)


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