I’ve enjoyed this recipe for so long now that I had to share it with you: Healthy Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing. The thing is, my kids are pretty good about eating greens and salads. I don’t generally need to coax them to eat their veggies. Okay, I may need to remind them, but I don’t have to force it. But when each of your four kids are scrambling to go back for more, you know you have a winning recipe. In fact, not only is this a family-friendly recipe, it’s also one that kids can make. And you know I’m all about that!
This strawberry spinach salad is:
- Versatile – see below on additional toppings if you’d like to add
- Easy enough that kids can make it
- Company worthy
- A great source of vitamins and nutrients
- The perfect thing for a pot luck or party
How to make a homemade balsamic poppy seed dressing
This homemade balsamic poppy seed dressing has no refined sugar but is the perfect balance of tangy, thanks to the balsamic vinegar, and a touch of honey. Add in some good quality olive oil or avocado oil and you will have a delicious, colorful salad that’s a crowd pleaser! Simply combine oil, balsamic vinegar and honey with minced onion – optional, but adds a nice twist! Some poppy seeds and sesame seeds balance out this dressing that’s ready to be shaken. Easy peasy
I use and love this salad dressing shaker. The BlenderBall helps blend everything up together, and the measurements on the side are incredibly useful. Plus it’s kid-friendly and my kids enjoy making salads in it.
What you can add to this healthy strawberry spinach salad
- Turn this into a strawberry spinach salad with chicken by adding some grilled chicken.
- Avocado slices can help up the satiating factor while keeping this plant-based.
- Meat lovers may enjoy some cooked steak atop this salad.
- Candied pecans (or these roasted ones) and a mix of other nuts are also delicious.
- Add some feta or goat cheese to add color and flavor.
- Additional/other berries will add a nice pop of color and delicious fruitiness.
- Some cooked quinoa or other grain can be added in to make this more filling.
Make ahead and storage tips
- Feel free to make the dressing ahead of time. Remove and bring to room temperature for about 30 minutes before dressing the salad.
- Do not dress the salad until ready to enjoy. The dressing will wilt the salad quickly.
- Store uneaten salad for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Dressing should be kept separately in a jar or in the shaker bottle (if you have one).
This Healthy Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is a tasty, easy plant-based recipe. Paleo-friendly and minimal ingredients. Colorful and bright, this is always a crowd-pleaser!
- 10 oz baby spinach , organic if possible
- 1 pint strawberries , hulled and sliced
- 1/2 cup pecan pieces (or almond slices)
- 1/3 cup olive oil sub avocado oil if desired
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tbsp minced onion
Mix salad ingredients.
In a shaker bottle or jar, combine dressing ingredients. Do not refrigerate, and do not add to salad until ready to serve as it will wilt spinach quickly.
I hope you love this as much as we do. It’s a sure sign that spring is here, but also goes well into summer. Gotta love those fresh strawberries! It’s a dish you can feel good about eating and sharing. Let me know if you love it!!
Other simple salads you may enjoy: