This strawberry spinach salad is a blend of baby spinach leaves, fresh strawberries, red onion, almonds, feta cheese and avocado, all tossed in a poppy seed dressing. A fresh and colorful salad that’s fit for any occasion!

When the weather warms up, I’m all about salads. I often find myself making watermelon salad, berry fruit salad and this light and delicious strawberry spinach salad.

A bowl of strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing, feta cheese and sliced avocado.

Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients

The ingredients for this salad can be found in most grocery stores. Look for in-season, ripe produce for the best results.

Bowls of strawberries, feta cheese, almonds, avocado and spinach.
  • Strawberries: I prefer smaller strawberries as it makes the salad easier to eat. If your berries are particularly large, you may want to coarsely chop them instead of using quarters.
  • Spinach: I buy a container of pre-washed baby spinach leaves to make the prep work as easy as possible.
  • Avocado: Look for a firm but ripe avocado. A softer avocado can get mushy when the salad is tossed.
  • Almonds: Most major grocery stores sell thinly sliced almonds that are ready to use in this salad.
  • Feta: Look for a high quality block of feta for best results.
  • Red Onions: Cut your onions thinly or finely minced them for optimal flavor and texture.

Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients

Bowls of ingredients for poppy seed dressing.

This poppy seed dressing contains pantry staples and makes for the perfect sweet and savory counterpart to the salad ingredients.

How do you make strawberry spinach salad?

First, prepare all of your produce. Next, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Assemble the salad by starting with baby spinach leaves, which go into a bowl with quartered strawberries, sliced almonds, avocado, red onion and crumbled feta cheese. A simple homemade poppy seed dressing goes over the top and everything is tossed together. After that, you’ll be ready to eat!

A collage showing the steps of how to make spinach salad.

Tips for strawberry spinach salad

  • This salad is best served immediately as the spinach leaves will eventually wilt in the dressing.
  • I like to buy a block of feta cheese and crumble it myself, I think it tastes much better than pre-crumbled feta cheese which often contains anti-caking agents and other preservatives.
  • I buy a bag of toasted sliced almonds for this recipe. You can toast your own almonds by placing them on foil in the toaster oven for 2-3 minutes on the toast setting, or by toasting them in a dry pan on the stove. Watch carefully so that your nuts don’t burn.
  • I use a mandoline to slice my red onion into paper thin shavings. You can also finely mince your onion if you prefer.
Salad tongs in a bowl of spinach salad with strawberries.

Recipe FAQs

How do you clean fresh spinach?

I typically buy a bag of pre-washed spinach leaves, but you can also buy a bunch of spinach leaves and wash them yourself. I recommend soaking spinach leaves in a bowl of cold water, then gently swishing them around to remove any dirt. Repeat the process until the water is clear, then use a salad spinner to dry your greens.

Is spinach salad healthy?

There are many components of this salad that are good for you. Spinach is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, magnesium and potassium. Strawberries contain plenty of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Avocados and almonds are a great source of healthy fat, and feta cheese contains protein. That being said, the dressing for this salad does contain some sugar and oil, so just watch your portion size if you’re keeping track of your calorie intake.

Can you make strawberry spinach salad in advance?

The dressing for this salad can be made up to 3 days in advance. You can also prepare the strawberries and red onion in advance. Right before you’re ready to eat, place all the ingredients in a bowl and add the dressing.

Do you cut spinach for salad?

I use baby spinach in this recipe, because the leaves and the stems are tender. If you use larger spinach leaves, it’s possible that the stems might be tough and need to be removed. Otherwise, there is no need to cut spinach for a salad, just use the whole leaves.

A bowl of strawberry spinach salad with feta cheese, almonds and avocado.

This strawberry spinach salad is sure to be a staple on your dinner table all spring and summer long.

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5 from 28 votes

Strawberry Spinach Salad

AuthorSara Welch
A bowl of strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing, feta cheese and sliced avocado.
This strawberry spinach salad is a blend of baby spinach leaves, fresh strawberries, red onion, almonds, feta cheese and avocado, all tossed in a poppy seed dressing. A fresh and colorful salad that's fit for any occasion!
Time
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time16 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

For the salad

  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups strawberries quartered
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

For the salad

  • Place the spinach, strawberries, almonds, red onion, avocado and feta cheese in a large bowl.

For the dressing

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper. 
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. I buy a bag of toasted sliced almonds for this recipe. You can toast your own almonds by placing them on foil in the toaster oven for 2-3 minutes on the toast setting, or by toasting them in a dry pan on the stove. Watch carefully so that your nuts don’t burn.
  2. Use a mandoline to cut your red onion as thinly as possible.
  3. I prefer to use a whole block of feta cheese and crumble it myself, as I feel that the flavor is better than the pre-crumbled cheese at the store.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 502mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2915IU | Vitamin C: 40.5mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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  1. I like all the ingredients in your salad, my question is how could I make a dressing without sugar
    Thank You

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I ate this for my lunch lunch all last week. Can’t wait to try a new salad recipe this week.

  3. 5 stars
    What a beautiful summer salad!! I especially love how clear your photos are, great work. The poppy seeds are a beautiful touch. I look forward to giving this one a go. Cheers!

  4. 5 stars
    Everything just goes so well together and the strawberries add such a delightful pop of freshness

  5. 5 stars
    This salad looks so beautiful and inviting! I love the way the poppy seeds adhere to the avocado pieces! So want to make this recipe this weekend.

  6. 5 stars
    What a lovely looking salad with a beautiful combination of flavours. Thanks for sharing x

  7. 5 stars
    Such a tempting Bowl of health and goodness. Love all the combinations used to making this yummy Salad. Love all of it.

  8. I love all your recipes!! I am very particular who I follow and you have managed to make me a follower.
    Mary S.

  9. 5 stars
    What a great salad for summer. I love strawberries and spinach together, it’s such a great combination.

  10. 5 stars
    Strawberry and spinach is one of my favourite summer salads, and I love that you added almonds, plus that poppy seed dressing!

  11. 5 stars
    All my favorite things in one salad! So perfect for springtime. I have poppyseeds leftover from some pastries I made last week so definitely need to give this a try.