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!


Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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


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



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


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

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

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

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  18. 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.

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

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

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  24. 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! :-)

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  28. 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

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

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


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

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

  33. 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!!

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

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

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  37. 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 :)

  38. 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?

  39. 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!

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

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

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  43. 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!

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

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