STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD



Hands-down, my favorite salad of the entire summer is a strawberry spinach salad with poppyseed dressing. I am sure many of you have seen recipes like this, however, this is just too good and refreshing not to share the one I make at least once a week in the summer! I love all the goodies you can add to this perfect salad. I start with spinach, strawberries and of course these candy pecans. Yum



 For me, some kind of cheese is a must on a salad. My favorite on the salad is feta cheese and I'm also really liking goat cheese right now too.


 Sometimes I add Craisins, bacon or thin sliced red onion or if I do not have the pecans I'll do slivered almonds. 
 


You could even add some grilled chicken two for protein if you want. However, I like to keep this light and simple and is a great no meat option for dinner or as a side salad with some yummy chicken breast, steaks or even some burgers. I especially like bringing my little mason jar dressing to work and having it for lunch, it just seems to hit the spot around noon time!


I like this best with my homemade poppyseed dressing. However, in a pinch a good bottled poppyseed will 
do. I just like to make sure I keep track of the sugar content and that it has no high fructose corn syrup. My favorite poppyseed dressing to get at the grocery store is this Olde Cap Cod Poppyseed Lite.


STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD 
4-6 cups baby Spinach
2-3 cups sliced strawberries
Add candies nuts, Craisins, red onion, crumbled cheese, bacon, grilled chicken, etc. to your liking.

     DRESSING
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup white sugar (I've used Stevia in this too & it works fine, adjust to taste)
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1-2 Tablespoons poppy seeds 

Whisk all together and store in a mason jar. This makes 2-4 salads depending on our big you like your salads!

It is delicious every time

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"You stand out like a strawberry in a bowl of peas."
~Winston Twardowski, age 10  

35 comments:

  1. Looks refreshing and delicious!! You are the third person today to share a yummy looking recipe!! :-) I will have to try this some time. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope that you have a great day!!! :-)

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    1. That's crazy! Great minds think alike I guess! Lol. I hope your Tuesday is amazing sweet lady!!!

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  2. This salad is amazing and one of my favorites, too, Andrea! I usually serve it with chicken salad sandwiches on croissant for a nice lunch with my girlfriends! Perfect!

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    1. Oh yes, perfect indeed! Chicken salad on croissants is one of my favorites!!! Thank you pretty lady, enjoy your day!!

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  3. I also wonder about adding fruit to my salads, I dont really like mandarins in them, but strawberries I think I can do!! Thanks for sharing this deliciousness! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. The strawberries added the perfect amount of sweetness to it, which I especially love in the summer. Thank you beautiful lady!!

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  4. Yum! This salad sounds so refreshing and perfect for summer. I'm with you, I like homemade dressings, but this poppy seed dressing looks pretty good as an alternative! Happy Tuesday!

    xo, Rachel
    www.ablondesmoment.com

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    1. I always worry about all the preservatives, so if I can shake it up in a mason jar, whoohoo!! Thank you and have a "cool" Tuesday!!

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  5. I like eating light, fresh meals during the summer. This salad looks so yummy! I am definitely going to make it soon! :)

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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    1. You'll love it Sarah! And love that you were featured on Rachel's blog today!! Happy Tuesday sweetie!!

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  6. Mmmmm strawberry spinach salad is a favorite of mine too!!!! I love all kinds of fruit in my salads, but especially in the summer time.

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    1. Me too!!! It just tastes sweet and refreshing... Happy Tuesday you sweet & refreshing lady!!! :-)

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  7. Such a yummy recipe! Looks delicious!

    XO Jessi
    www.thedarlingdetail.com

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    1. Thank you sweetie! Happy and beautiful Tuesday to you!!

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  8. We serve a salad really similar to this at the coffee shop and people LOVE it! I have never heard/tried poppy seed dressing though, it sounds delicious! I'm definitely going to have to try some now! Thanks for the recipe gorgeous friend, I hope your enjoying your week so far! XO -Kim

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    1. Kim, I swear if I ever get out west I am coming to your coffee shop! I'll bet it is absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much don't you just love how refreshing the salad is. I hope you have an absolutely terrific Tuesday my beautiful and sweet friend!

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  9. I loveee putting strawberries and feta cheese on my salads, they seriously are the best spring/summer additions! Plus my little Greek man loves when we use feta on anything and everything haha! Hope you're having a great Tuesday, Andrea!

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    1. Too cute Susie!! Your little Greek man has good taste in cheese and ladies!!! :-) Hope you're having a wonderful day!!

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  10. oh my that looks delish!!!!

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    1. Very yummy and summer healthy!! :-) Hope you're having a great Tuesday!!

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  11. Strawberries in salads are so fricken delicious! I'm totally making this tomorrow for lunch:-)

    www.wunderbliss.blogspot.ca

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  12. This salad is gorgeous! Love poppyseed dressing.

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  13. Yum! Adding this to my "salad night" rotation!

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  14. Okay this is amazing.. I love spinach salad with "stuff" in it. That is what I call it when folks ask, "what's in your salad." Never thought to add candied pecans. So happy you linked this to Tuesday Talk this week. I am giving you a shout out on next week's Tuesday Talk. Just hop to my blog and see what wonderful things I will say about your post. See you then!

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  15. We have made very similar salads... and they are delicious! :)

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  16. Light and delicious! Love stuff like this for the summer months cause I hate sweating in the kitchen! Thanks so much for linking up yet another goodie with us at #foodpornthursdays!

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  17. This salad looks delicious, perfect for summer!

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  18. I love adding strawberries to salads. It gives them a sweet, refreshing touch. And poppy seed dressing goes so well with them.

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  19. OH WOW! This looks soooo good! Thank you for linking up at the Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays! I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board!! I hope to see you again this week! xo

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  20. This is so one of my all time fave salads! I haven't even made it one time this summer....I need to take care of that!

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  21. I love spinach salads. This one looks extra yummy!

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  22. Thank you for sharing at #RecipeSharingParty. Pinned and yummed.

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  23. this looks yummy thanks for sharing pinned and yummed

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