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.


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

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  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic!

  2. 4 stars
    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.

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  5. 5 stars
    Hi there! I wanted to make this dressing to use throughout the week. Will it last in the fridge?

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  7. 5 stars
    It’s the bomb!!!!

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  9. 5 stars
    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!

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  15. 5 stars
    A keeper!!!

  16. 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? 🐣

  17. 5 stars
    The blue cheese and and roasted almonds really embellishes this dish – everyone loved it!

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  22. 5 stars
    I can’t get enough of this salad! So, so good!

  23. 5 stars
    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.

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  26. 5 stars
    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!

  27. 5 stars
    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!

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  29. 5 stars
    this is awesome great

  30. 5 stars
    Fantastic salad! Delicious and healthy, and an all time favorite. Thank you for sharing.

  31. 5 stars
    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!

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  33. Excellent and easy!

  34. Yum!!

  35. Thank you so much for this recipe !!

  36. The blue cheese and roasted almonds really embellish this dish – everyone loved it! Thanks For such a nice post.

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  38. Absolutely delicious! I love a good salad recipe. Thanks so much! I’ll definitely make this one again.

  39. Easy, cheap, and yummy. Thanks