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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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. Deborah — April 29, 2013 @ 8:38 am (#)

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

    • Peggy — January 11th, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

      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?

      • Serena — January 20th, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

        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! :(

  2. Tieghan — April 29, 2013 @ 8:42 am (#)

    This salad is so pretty! I am in love!

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

  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day — April 29, 2013 @ 8:53 am (#)

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

  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — April 29, 2013 @ 8:55 am (#)

    Stunning photos – love the colors and flavors!!

  5. Tracey — April 29, 2013 @ 8:58 am (#)

    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.

  6. carrian — April 29, 2013 @ 9:12 am (#)

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

  7. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 29, 2013 @ 9:22 am (#)

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

  8. Rachel — April 29, 2013 @ 9:41 am (#)

    How much avocado did you use?

    • Ali — April 29th, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

      Just edited! 1 avocado (or 2 if you’re a huge fan!). :)

  9. Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 29, 2013 @ 9:46 am (#)

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

  10. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — April 29, 2013 @ 9:52 am (#)

    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!

  11. Samantha @FerraroKitchen — April 29, 2013 @ 9:55 am (#)

    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 :)

  12. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 29, 2013 @ 10:09 am (#)

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

  13. sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 29, 2013 @ 10:22 am (#)

    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!

  14. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 29, 2013 @ 11:18 am (#)

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

  15. Shaina — April 29, 2013 @ 11:43 am (#)

    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.

  16. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 29, 2013 @ 12:02 pm (#)

    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!!

  17. ashley - baker by nature — April 29, 2013 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    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!

  18. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 29, 2013 @ 12:24 pm (#)

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

  19. Erin |The Law Student's Wife — April 29, 2013 @ 12:30 pm (#)

    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!

  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 29, 2013 @ 12:55 pm (#)

    Drooling over this salad, especially the poppyseed dressing!

  21. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 29, 2013 @ 1:28 pm (#)

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

  22. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — April 29, 2013 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    That dressing is calling my name!

  23. megan — April 29, 2013 @ 2:48 pm (#)

    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!

    • Ali — April 29th, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

      Just edited! I can’t believe I left out one of the most important ingredients! ;)

  24. Ali @ Ali Eats Clean — April 29, 2013 @ 3:46 pm (#)

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

    • Ali @ Ali Eats Clean — April 29th, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

      ah! Typo— I AM going to be making it one night soon for sure.

  25. Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 29, 2013 @ 5:11 pm (#)

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

  26. Danza de Fogones — April 29, 2013 @ 5:17 pm (#)

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

  27. Ibbs — April 29, 2013 @ 6:12 pm (#)

    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

  28. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — April 29, 2013 @ 7:10 pm (#)

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

  29. Mary Frances @ The Sweet Tooth Life — April 29, 2013 @ 9:57 pm (#)

    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.

    • Ali — April 29th, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

      Oh my heavens!!! Can’t believe I forgot to include the avocado. Edited now! :)

  30. taylor @ taylormade — April 30, 2013 @ 6:08 am (#)

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

  31. Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 30, 2013 @ 10:10 am (#)

    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.

  32. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — May 1, 2013 @ 12:45 am (#)

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

  33. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 1, 2013 @ 3:50 am (#)

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

  34. katie — May 1, 2013 @ 6:20 am (#)

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

  35. Paula - bell'alimento — May 1, 2013 @ 8:30 am (#)

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

  36. Kathryn — May 1, 2013 @ 8:41 am (#)

    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.

  37. Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 1, 2013 @ 9:50 am (#)

    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!

  38. Nutmeg Nanny — May 1, 2013 @ 7:10 pm (#)

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

  39. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — May 2, 2013 @ 8:14 am (#)

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

  40. Angie — May 2, 2013 @ 8:48 am (#)

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

  41. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — May 3, 2013 @ 11:27 am (#)

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

  42. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — May 7, 2013 @ 12:54 pm (#)

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

  43. Charles Lawhead — May 10, 2013 @ 12:13 pm (#)

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

  44. Danielle — May 19, 2013 @ 5:46 am (#)

    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.

    • Lauren — January 13th, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

      Danielle! I’m actually in Spain as well and wanted to make this salad, what did you end up using instead of the poppy seeds? :)

      • Diane — January 19th, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

        Chia seeds!

        • Brandy — June 13th, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

          I was thinking about using Chia seeds bc this is what I have in my kitchen. WOWZA


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