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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

    Can I use Dijon mustard instead of the ground mustard?

    • Ali — September 4th, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

      Sure thing.

  5. 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!

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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 .  

  9. 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 16th, 2015 @ 10:44 pm

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

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

    Again, What is the Nutrition Facts

    • Ali — May 1st, 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!

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

    LOVE this salad.

    eat it with grilled chicken. perfect meal.

    • Ali — May 20th, 2015 @ 8:34 am

      Thanks, Erin! : )

  12. 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 25th, 2015 @ 8:30 am

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

  13. 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 25th, 2015 @ 8:07 am

      Thanks, Andrea! : )

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