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Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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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!

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad Recipe | 1-Minute Video


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!

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Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x

Description

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

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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 blue cheese (or goat cheese or feta)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • half a small red onion, thinly sliced

Poppyseed Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • pinch of ground dry mustard (optional)
  • fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

Instructions

To Make The Salad:

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

To Make The Poppyseed Dressing:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper, or more to taste.

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204 comments on “Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing”

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

  2. 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?

    • 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!

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

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

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

    Thanks!

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

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

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

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

  11. 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 :)

  12. 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. 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!

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

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

  16. 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!

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

  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!

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

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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:https://cupsandspoonfuls.com/2014/05/02/spring-chopped-salad-5-spring-salads-for-mothers-day/
    Take care!
    Kelly

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

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

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

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

  29. 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!

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

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

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

  36. 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!

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

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

  39. 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 .  

  40. 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.

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

    • Hi Claudia,
      I’m looking to make this for a large group. Do you recall how you scaled up for 135 ladies?
      Thanks!

  41. Again, What is the Nutrition Facts

    • 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!

  42. LOVE this salad.

    eat it with grilled chicken. perfect meal.

  43. 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!

  44. 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. 

  45. 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!

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

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. Made it for our Christmas table (summer in Australia) & it looked really festive as well as being delicious. Definitely on the make again list! Thank you ☺