Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Are fresh strawberries looking as gorgeous in your neck of the woods lately as they are here in Kansas City?

Literally every grocery store I’ve visited this past month has had an enormous display of ripe, juicy, red berries greeting shoppers as they walk in the door. And you’d better believe that sweet advertising has worked on me…every time. ❤️ 🍓 ❤️ LOVE me some good strawberries when they’re in season!

In the past, I’ve tossed them in everything from salsas to salads, shortcakes to cheesecakes, smoothies to sangrias, and everything in between. But every year, my inaugural recipe for strawberry season is always the same — this classic Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing. It was one of the very first salads that I learned to like (and make) way back in my picky-eating days, and still continues to be one of my favorite sweet and simple throwback recipes to make each spring. Plus — ever since I originally posted this recipe back in 2013 — it seems that thousands more of you have found it to be a favorite of yours too. Apparently you all are my strawberry + avocado loving kindred spirits.

Anyway, while making this salad again for the zillionth time this week, I decided to snap some new photos to update this post. So for anyone who missed the recipe the first time around, now’s your chance to make it happen!

To start, begin by hulling and halving a pint of ripe, red strawberries. (I know it’s nearly impossible not to just pop these babies right in your mouth. But trust me, they’ll be worth it in the salad.)

Then, combine them with the rest of your ingredients. The list of specifics here is actually pretty flexible — you can go with lots of fresh baby spinach (or whatever greens you’d like), crumbled blue cheese (or any soft cheese), toasted almonds (or any nuts), and thinly-sliced red onion. But the non-negotiable is a big, ripe, creamy avocado. Gotta have the avocado.

Drizzle everything with a simple homemade poppyseed dressing (see below), and then give everything a good toss.

Then within minutes, this bright and beautiful spring salad will be yours to share and enjoy! It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s crunchy, it’s tangy — it’s basically everything you can ask for in a good salad, if you ask me. ;)

Feel free to add in some grilled chicken or another protein if you’d like. Or if you’d like to make it a little heartier, I also love tossing in some chilled cooked farro or quinoa too. However you make it, I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Strawberry Season, friends!

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

This delicious Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad is quick and easy to make, full of great fresh flavors, and tossed with a simple poppyseed dressing.

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and 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
  • 1 batch poppyseed dressing (recipe below)

Poppyseed Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup avocado oil (or any oil, such as olive oil)
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon 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.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper, or more to taste.

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

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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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