Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

April 29, 2013 by Ali

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 Poppy Seed Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-4 Servings


    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.

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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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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176 thoughts on “Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

  1. Can I use Dijon mustard instead of the ground mustard?

    - Patricia

  2. 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.

    - Irene

  3. 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!

    - Kristie Hill

  4. 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.

    - pradnya

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

    - Marty

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

    - terry

  7. 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!

    - CindyH

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

    - Susie

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

    - Holly

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

    - Shelagh

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

    - Tina

  12. 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!

    - Kelly

  13. 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!

    - Adrienne

  14. 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!

    - Amber

  15. 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!

    - skye

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

    - Katherine

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

    - Kristin @ cheap-chef.com

  18. 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!

    - Rachael

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

    - lisa

  20. 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!

    - ErinY

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

    - MBozas

  22. How long will this poppy seed dressing stay fresh?

    - Denise

  23. 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!

    - Erica

  24. Healthy and delicious!

    - Fructe uscate

  25. 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?

    - Bruce Colebank

  26. 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 :)

    - kmartinez

  27. Looks awesome, I will definitely be trying this recipe yummm

    - Lynda Hodel

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

    - Vicci Mauldin

  29. 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!!

    - Jackie W

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

    - sheryl

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

    - Ivy

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


    - Cory

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

    - Diane

  34. 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

    - Claire Roche

  35. 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?

    - bing ibuyan

    • 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! :-)

      - Ellen

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

      - maggie

    • 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!

      - Susan

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

    - Natalie

  37. I’m so hungry right now I wish I could reach into this computer and eat that up. It looks so delicious.

    - Christine (CookTheStory)

  38. I made this salad tonight among a few others. It was a huge hit and received many compliments. The only change I made was to replace the blue cheese with an Australian feta. The dressing was brilliant! I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the great recipe.

    - Bonny

  39. Thank you for sharing do you have a book of these wow saldas to do at home instead of paying high prices at restuarants

    - Maria Alicia Castan

  40. Scrumptious! I used a combination of spinach and arugula and substituted chia seeds for the poppy seeds. Woke up our tastebuds!

    - CIndy

  41. I love, love, love this salad! It’s so delicious and refreshing, thanks for sharing! :)

    - Makenzi

  42. I made this salad for a dinner party last night, with a couple of changes for personal taste and availability of ingredients (for some reason couldn’t find poppy seeds in my local supermarket here in Spain). Everyone loved it! Will definitely be making it again. Thanks for posting the recipe.

    - Danielle

  43. I think I will marinate some chicken tinders in the poppy seed dressing then grill and add to the salad. It sounds amazing

    - Charles Lawhead

  44. Beautiful and it was so great to finally meet you. I look forward to spending more time chatting next time.

    - Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet

  45. Gorgeous salad, one of my very favorites! So glad to hear you had such a great time at BTP, too!

    - Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

  46. Have to make this today, and I’m pretty sure I have everything, yay!

    - Angie

  47. Most gorgeous salad ever! I could totally eat this for breakfast!

    - Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

  48. Oh goodness, I want this! This salad is so gorgeously vivid :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  49. What a beautiful salad. Ahh, Cali, I wouldn’t have wanted to leave either. It sounds like you had fun. I’ll be attending The Big Summer Potluck in July; I’m excited!

    - Jennie @themessybakerblog

  50. It sounds like you guys had such an amazing time & I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to leave all that avocado behind! This is my kind of salad.

    - Kathryn

  51. I love everything in this bowl! Looks like everyone had a great time in CA,was sad to have missed it! Next time!

    - Paula - bell'alimento

  52. Love this recipe my friend. Glad you had a blast at The Big Summer Potluck… sounds like a blast. This salad definitely screams California!

    - katie

  53. It was so fun to see you Ali! And this salad is absolutely stunning – almost too pretty to eat!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  54. Great to meet you finally :) I agree, it was refreshing to not scramble notes down about SEO and traffic!!

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

  55. Ali that’s so gorgeous! I always love your photos. It was so great to room with you, you are fantastic! Hope we can hang again soon.

    - Jackie @ Domestic Fits

  56. yum – this looks perfect! think I’ll add some chicken and make it for dinner tonight :)

    - taylor @ taylormade

  57. Oh I love avocados! A four course avocado meal sounds perfect. I’ve made a strawberry poppyseed salad but hadn’t thought about avocado … Duh! Oh, is the avocado mentioned in the recipe? I thought I saw chunks in your (gorgeous) pictures, but I didn’t see it mentioned in the recipe.

    - Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life

  58. Oh my gosh! This salad looks so amazing, Ali! Beautiful photos, too! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  59. Oooh what a gorgeous summery salad. I’m all for adding fruit in, but would never have thought of avos and strawbs together, what a winning combo :D
    x x

    - Ibbs

  60. I have never used strawberrys in salad, but i love avocado, so maybe that’s a good day to try!

    - Danza de Fogones

  61. This is just to springy and gorgeous for words. Poppyseed is one of my favorite summer dressings. Wait, not it ISSS my favorite!

    - Megan {Country Cleaver}

  62. I love everything about this salad! I going to be making it one night soon for sure.

    - Ali @ Ali Eats Clean

  63. this salad looks AMAZING! and the photos are beautiful!

    but just a heads up, you don’t have the avocado in the ingredients list. i was just curious how much you used. thanks!

    - megan

  64. That dressing is calling my name!

    - Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

  65. YES! I posted a similar salad on Saturday…. I’m in LOVE with all the freshness and spring ingredients.

    - Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

  66. Drooling over this salad, especially the poppyseed dressing!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  67. Your weekend sounds just delightful! I must must must check it out someday.
    Gorgeous salad–I think I could have this for lunch 20 days in a row and never get sick of it!

    - Erin |The Law Student's Wife

  68. I’ve been pretty much living off of a salad like this for a while now. SO good!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  69. It was SO awesome meeting you over the weekend! You’re just as gorgeous as your recipes and blog! xx P.S. Pass the salad, please!

    - ashley - baker by nature

  70. Friend, I would never ping you as an introvert! You are a rockstar my dear! So glad you had a blast in Cali. And this salad, gorgeous!!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  71. It was so nice to see you this weekend! Hopefully we can do it again soon. I love the combination of strawberries and avocados in this salad, paired with spring spinach.

    - Shaina

  72. Ahhh! The light in these pictures! And I’m glad you had a super time :)

    - Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

  73. Sounds like such a lovely and relaxing weekend and trip out there! Would love to attend that sometime. :) I love avocado anything. A guacamole contest sounds like SO much fun Ali!! And this salad? perfection. Everything I love!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  74. So gorgeous, Ali! I love those big chunks of avocado and strawberry, and your poppy seed dressing sounds like the perfect accompaniment!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  75. This salad looks so wonderful and fresh! I love strawberries with avocado — it’s such a great combination. Your poppyseed dressing sounds easy and delicious, too!

    - marcie@flavorthemoments

  76. Ahh so glad you had fun! I seriously need to go to a conference one of these days! And this is sooo my kinda salad :)

    - Samantha @FerraroKitchen

  77. Sounds like BTP was a blast (loved seeing everyones photos on IG)…totally wish I could have gone! I love all the fresh flavors happening in this salad!

    - Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

  78. I love salads like this! Strawberries and avocado are a perfect combo!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  79. How much avocado did you use?

    - Rachel

  80. This salad is absolutely amazing! I loveeee strawberries and avocados!

    - claire @ the realistic nutritionist

  81. You have no idea just how much this is my kind of salad. YUMMM!

    - carrian

  82. The Big Traveling Potluck sounds like it was so lovely, I am hoping to make it to the east coast version next year! Also? I hope our paths cross at a conference before too long, would love to meet you :) Such a gorgeous spring salad, love the vibrant colors.

    - Tracey

  83. Stunning photos – love the colors and flavors!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  84. So glad we got to spend the weekend together…it truly was an amazing weekend!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  85. This salad is so pretty! I am in love!

    Sound like you had an awesome trip! I wish I could have come!!

    - Tieghan

  86. This looks like perfection. And I so wish I could have been there!!

    - Deborah

    • I think I would use more avocado instead of the cheese. What can I swap the oil for, or do you think it would be good omitting it?

      - Peggy

      • I’d like to know the answer to this too. This looks totally awesome but that amount of oil in the dressing makes the calories shoot through the roof! :(

        - Serena