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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. I count calorie so I needed to know how much calorie it has, if its okay?

    • Hi Haydee! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as 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. We hope that helps!

  2.  A premade poppyseed dressing would work right?  My dressings never turn out right :(

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

    • Hi Joe! We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as 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. We hope that helps!

  4. I just want to say I’m new to blogs and actually liked you’re web page. Most likely I’m likely to bookmark your website . You definitely have beneficial writings. Thanks a bunch for sharing your website.

  5. I made this today except I had Strawberry poppyseed Greek yougart dressing, simply amazing.

  6. Wonderful recipe!!!! I wanted to let you know that I’ve included it in a roundup of incredibly delicious strawberry recipes on my website! Here is the link for your reference!
    Thanks for sharing your culinary talents!

    • Thanks, Stephanie, we really appreciate that! We’re not seeing the link though, we wonder if you could try posting it again?

  7. I’m actually eating strawberries from Japan (!) while reading this. This is the perfect salad for the warmer weather!

    Charmaine Ng

  8.  I love the combo of ingredients/flavors going on in this gorgeous salad!

  9. YES! strawberries everywhere and so happy about it! Can’t wait to try this <3

  10. Wow the colors in this are just stunning!!

  11. I’ve always been super suspect of strawberries in a salad, but this looks too good to miss!

    Lo

  12. Spinach, strawberries, and poppy seed dressing is one of my favorite salad combinations!! Thank you for this recipe!!

  13. Hi Ali,
    I saw this beautiful salad picture on Pinterest and it lead me to your website.
    It’s such a brilliant idea. I never thought that I can mix strawberries and salad. I’ll try it for sure and I’ll tell you how it goes.
    I think I need to adjust the recipe a little bit because strawberries here are very sour.
    Thank you so much!!!
    Lucy

    • Hi Lucy! Thank you for your sweet comment, we hope you enjoy the salad! :)

  14. I made this salad for a wedding shower brunch and 25 people. It was perfect for this audience. of culinary afficianados. I cut up strawberries and onions and made dressing the night before. Threw all the ingredients together in a roasting pan this morning and dressed the salad with the poppyseed dressing which everybody liked. This dressing is tasty but didn’t overshadow the distinct tastes of avocado, strawberry, almonds and red onions. The colors in the salaRd are even good. Thanks so much for this recipe.

    • Hi Llavinski! Thank you for sharing with us, and for giving the recipe a try. We’re so glad to know it was a hit! :)

  15. oh gilrs that is delecious

  16. Love this salad. Made it twice already :) DO you by any chance know the calories and nutritional value per serving? Thank you!

    • Thank you, Kasia, we’re so glad to hear that! :D As for the calories and nutritional value, we’re sorry but we’re not sure. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as 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. We hope that helps!

  17. ABSOLUTELY THE BEST SALAD WE HAVE EVER HAD (USED LESS THAN A 1/3 CUP OLIVE OIL) IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!

  18. Salad looks yummy but what other salad dressing can I use? Have any other good dressing recipes?

    • Hi Dorothy! Yes, you could try this one — we think it would be yummy in this salad. We hope you enjoy!

  19. Dorothy,
    You could also try a creamy tarragon dressing. Take equal parts of sour cream and mayonnaise. Add some tarragon vinegar, enough to thin dressing as you wish. Sweeten to taste with sugar or honey.

  20. This is a great go-to recipe! I replaced mustard in the poppyseed dressing with cinnamon and got rave reviews. I also add blueberries when in season.

  21. delicious! brought to a dinner party and tossed at last minute (which I think is key). it was a big hit! love your recipes, especially the creative salads!

  22. Both the salad and dressing were delicious!

  23. Scrumptious is an understatement! So glad I found this on Pinterest.

  24. Tried this salad last night before having visitors around next weekend. It was just beautiful! Particularly on a warm night .Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed! He had his with blue cheese ,myself with feta as I am not a fan of blue cheese.
    I pan fried chicken fillets and sliced them (which was an added recommendation) plus added a few blueberries. The flavours really melded well together.
    Great recipe. So easy, tasty and healthy.

  25. My all time favorite salad, so delicious! I used feta cheese in this and it was a real hit. Such an attractive salad as well for a special dinner with friends. I had a lot of compliments.

  26. Really easy to make and very filling. I left out the cheese and added blueberries. Will be making again this week for sure!

  27. I made this last night and it was phenomenal!

  28. This looks summer heaven! I’ll be making this right away. I wanted to know how much calories in one serving as I can only eat 1500 in total, I am eating clean healthy food to lose a few pounds and this salad looks delicious not to make. I just want to be sure it will be less than 500 calories a bowl.

  29. Love the avocado, spinach and strawberry salad with slivered almonds, so creamy with poppy seed dressings…it’s the BOMB!!!…so delicious!!!

  30. .My favourite recipe of all time when it comes to salad! I am making it again today for a Father’s Day celebration. The flavour combo is right up my alley. I do add fresh garlic to my Olive oil and purée it in the blender when I Make it. But that’s just me, I love garlic. I have made this salad no less than 10 times since seeing the recipe on face book. It’s great!!!

  31. Can I used a store bought poppyseed dressing..will it take away from the taste for homemade?

  32. Fantastic!

  33. Hi Ali,
    I saw this beautiful salad picture on Pinterest and it lead me to your website.
    It’s such a brilliant idea. I never thought that I can mix strawberries and salad. I’ll try it for sure and I’ll tell you how it goes.
    I think I need to adjust the recipe a little bit because strawberries here are very sour.
    Thank you so much!!! I Appreciate That.

  34. Hi there! I wanted to make this dressing to use throughout the week. Will it last in the fridge?

  35. It’s the bomb!!!!

  36. I really felt I did not know what I was doing. I was very tired when I made this but, everyone Loved it! I had a girlfriend ask for the recipe. Delicious!

  37. A keeper!!!

  38. Hey! I’m considering making this recipe for Easter dinner… just wondering about a substitute for the blue cheese? (Could be a bit much for the guests’ tastes) Looking for other cheese suggestions… I was thinking maybe feta? ?

  39. The blue cheese and and roasted almonds really embellishes this dish – everyone loved it!

  40. I can’t get enough of this salad! So, so good!

  41. I made this vegan style–so sans cheese and it was still delish! I replaced the apple cider vinegar with a Sweet Peach Balsamic vinegar I had and it blended beautifully.

  42. We really enjoyed this. Switched a few ingredients as to what I had in the fridge! (Goat cheese, chopped almonds and no poppyseeds) This will definitely be in our summer salad rotation!

  43. I have made this salad four times in the past week and it is one of the best salads I have ever eaten. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  44. this is awesome great

  45. Fantastic salad! Delicious and healthy, and an all time favorite. Thank you for sharing.

  46. We really enjoyed this. Switched a few ingredients as to what I had in the fridge! (Goat cheese, chopped almonds and no poppyseeds) This will definitely be in our summer salad rotation!

  47. This recipe sounds scrumptious. I really dig your blog and hope you get a chance to reciprocate by checking out a skincare post I wrote on my blog that deals with meditation and acne. After I get some inner peace, I’m going to try your food ideas and get some outer peace. ;)
    Thanks.

  48. Excellent and easy!

  49. Yum!!

  50. Thank you so much for this recipe !!