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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Fresh Strawberry Spinach Salad with homemade Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Poppy Seed Dressing is one of my all-time favorite salads. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

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I love salad. My hubby loves salad. So guess what… we eat a lot of salad. There are many great salad recipes that we enjoy, however, this particular recipe is one of our all-time favorites! We can literally make a whole meal on just this salad alone. It also happens to be one of my Dad’s favorite salads too. 

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Organic spinach growing in the garden.

I know that I’ve said this before, but my family is fortunate because we live in a farming community where many people plant gardens. My parents are always super generous and share their fresh produce. Right now in their garden fresh spinach, lettuce, strawberries and rhubarb are ripe and ready to be harvested. That makes this the perfect time to make this deliciously fresh and organic Strawberry Spinach Salad! 

Pictured above is organic spinach growing in their garden. No pesticides, herbicides or chemicals used. I can’t even begin to tell you how absolutely amazing this spinach is. The leaves are so tender and taste better than anything you can buy in a store. I wish I could give each of you a taste 🙂

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Organic Strawberry Plants

Another amazing ingredient in this salad recipe is the fresh and organic strawberries (also growing in my parents garden). These delicious berries are good in everything! Whatever we don’t eat fresh, we simply stem, wash, smash, then add sugar and place in plastic freezer containers. In the dead of winter, it is truly fabulous to grab a container from the freezer and make strawberry treats of all kinds.

Check out this post on How To Freeze Fresh Sweet Corn.  It’s one of our most popular blog post! 

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Fresh organic strawberries after stems are removed and they are washed and ready to use.

Another key ingredient in this recipe is organic pecans. Guess what? My parents have pecans trees on their farm too. Every fall, when the pecans fall off the trees, my parents harvest and freeze them for later use. Check out this fabulous pecan recipe for Sugar and Spice Pecans.

Ok. Now, onto this yummy salad recipe. We start by washing the fresh spinach and strawberries. We then place the spinach and berries in strainers and allow the excess water to drain off. Now grab a pretty salad bowl and start layering the spinach, sliced strawberries, and pecans. Next, whip up a batch of delicious homemade Pomegranate Vinaigrette Poppy Seed Dressing. Place the dressing into a salad dressing shaker or blender and drizzle some over the salad. (One batch of dressing will easily be enough dressing for two salads). Gently toss and serve. Voila! A beautiful, delicious, healthy, organic salad to enjoy. 

Strawberry Spinach Salad

A delicious and healthy salad that can easily be modified to be gluten free.

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • SALAD:
  • 5 - 8 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped or whole
  • Optional: 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • VINAIGRETTE DRESSING:
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Place spinach, strawberries and pecans in a salad bowl.
  2. Place the ingredients for the vinaigrette dressing (except the poppy seeds) in a blender. Blend together for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in poppy seeds.
  4. Drizzle over salad.
  5. Optional: sprinkle with feta cheese
  6. Serve.

Notes

Additional options: blue cheese crumbles, grilled chicken strips, walnut and/or almonds, fresh blueberries, raspberries or blackberries and sunflower seeds.

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Several additional options to add to this salad are feta or blue cheese crumbles, grilled chicken strips, walnut and/or almonds, fresh blueberries, raspberries or blackberries and sunflower seeds. 

Pssst…. did you catch that this recipe is naturally gluten free?

Excuse me…. it’s time for me to go make myself another salad! 

Enjoy!

Linda

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About the author: Linda and Anna are a mother-daughter team that enjoy cooking, crafting and sharing advice with each other. Here they enjoy sharing all their new recipes and ideas with their readers.

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  • Melinda Bell April 13, 2016, 3:41 pm

    Where do you fine the pomegranate vinaigrette? And what is it?

    • Blessed Beyond Crazy April 13, 2016, 5:46 pm

      Hi Melinda,
      I find it at one of our local grocery stores and it’s with the all of the vinegar products. Pompeian is the brand I use and you can find their products here: http://www.pompeian.com/products/vinegars/vinegars.aspx
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message. Let me know if you have further questions.
      Enjoy!
      Linda

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