Strawberry Spinach Salad

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If you have spinach in your garden, you will love this strawberry spinach salad! I love fresh salads, and this is one of our family’s favorites. It’s healthy with spinach, Craisins, chopped cashews, freshly sliced strawberries, and bacon. The dressing is a little sweet, but not overbearing, so it makes the perfect dressing, and it’s a bonus because it’s made from scratch.

By now you know one of my mottos is fresh is best. This salad has crunch, and a sweet flavor, drizzled with a freshly made homemade dressing.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Step One

Gather your ingredients. This salad has spinach, freshly sliced strawberries, red onions, bacon, Craisins, and chopped cashews.

Ingredients

Step Two

In case you missed how I store my fresh strawberries, this is how they will keep longer. Please don’t wash them until you are ready to use them. Place your fresh strawberries on some folded paper towels in a few airtight containers and they will last a few extra days when stored in the refrigerator. These are the ones I use. Rubbermaid Containers I have to have easy-to-open and easy-to-close containers with the arthritis in my hands.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Step Three

Be sure and wash the strawberries and let them drain.

Wash Strawberries

Step Four

Life is so good when you can remove the stem and slice your fresh strawberries, right? This is the Stem Remover Huller and this is the Strawberry/Egg/ Mushroom Slicer.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Step Five

Gather your ingredients to make the strawberry spinach salad dressing. It only uses 5 ingredients: mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, sugar, milk, and strawberry jam or preserves.

Strawberry Spinach Salad Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad Dressing

Use a blender to mix the ingredients for the dressing. Chill the dressing and pour it over the salad just before serving.

Homemade Dressing

Finished Product

Grab a large bowl and layer the spinach, bacon, cashews, Craisins, chopped red onions, and freshly sliced strawberries. Right before serving drizzle the dressing over the salad.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Strawberry Spinach Salad
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Strawberry Spinach Salad
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • One bag of baby spinach or salad greens (your choice, any size)
  • 6 pieces of thick bacon (cooked, drained and crumbled)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews or sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/4 chopped red onion
  • 8-10 ounces of sliced fresh strawberries
DRESSING:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup of your favorite balsamic vinegars (strawberry is good for this salad)
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
Instructions
Strawberry Spinach Salad
  1. Grab a large bowl and layer the spinach, bacon, cashews, Craisins, chopped red onions, and freshly sliced strawberries.

Strawberry Spinach Salad Dressing
  1. Use a blender to mix the ingredients for the dressing. Chill the dressing and pour it over the salad just before serving.

Can I make this strawberry spinach salad ahead of time?

I would highly recommend assembling this salad right before you are planning to serve it. This will keep the spinach and other ingredients fresh and crisp.

Could I use a different type of lettuce to make this salad?

I like the flavor of the spinach in this salad! The deep color of green along with the colors of the toppings makes this salad a very beautiful salad to serve. I do feel that romaine, iceberg, arugula, butter lettuce, or any other lettuce you choose would also taste delicious. There are so many different options you can use to your liking!

Could I make this salad with other berries besides strawberries?

I generally use just strawberries to make this strawberry spinach salad. I do feel that adding blueberries, blackberries, pomegranates, and/or another berry would also taste fantastic!

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Would this salad taste good if I added cheese?

This salad actually tastes really delicious if you add fresh mozzarella, feta, gorgonzola, ricotta, blue cheese, or a variety of other cheeses! It’s very easy to customize!

Do I have to add Craisins to this salad?

The Craisins are optional, but they do give a really sweet addition to the recipe which tastes great along with the other sweet ingredients.

Would a different flavor of onion work in this recipe?

I really like the flavor of the red onions. They tend to be a more mild onion and a little less overpowering than other options. I feel the red onions help to tie the flavor of all of the ingredients together! If you like a stronger flavor of onion, you are welcome to use a different variety, such as white or yellow onion.

What can I serve with this salad?

  • Barbecue chicken or steak
  • Dinner rolls
  • Fresh fruit
  • Sandwiches

Could I use a different flavor of jam in the salad dressing?

Strawberry jam is a great choice for this dressing! If you prefer a different jam, I would recommend trying a few different flavors of jam and finding what works for you. Tailoring the jam to the type of berries that you decide to add would be a really good option.

Can I use precooked bacon instead of cooking fresh bacon?

This salad tastes great with either precooked or fresh bacon. The bacon in this recipe is a must, whether pre-cooked or fresh. It really adds a great element of flavor to the salad!

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Final Word

I hope you and your family enjoy this delicious strawberry spinach salad! It is such a beautiful display of colors to add to any dinner, barbecue, picnic, or other gatherings! The striking flavor combination of spinach, bacon, red onion, craisins, cashews, cheese, and strawberries will add a great addition to any entree of your choosing! May God Bless this World, Linda!

6 thoughts on “Strawberry Spinach Salad

  • July 27, 2022 at 7:21 am
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    5 stars
    This looks delicious! Perfect for summer! We have a bbq this weekend, this would be perfect to take! Thank you sooo much for sharing!❤️

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    • July 27, 2022 at 9:30 am
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      Hi Camille, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! I think your family will love it! Linda

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  • July 27, 2022 at 9:19 am
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    5 stars
    This was so great! Definitely one I’ll make again!

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  • July 27, 2022 at 9:48 am
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    5 stars
    I’ve made this and it IS delicious! As a rule I don’t use any salad dressing aside from some lemon juice and that’s what I did with this one. So, the five stars are for the salad alone, since I didn’t make the dressing.

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    • July 27, 2022 at 10:41 am
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      Hi Ray, thank you for the 5 stars for the salad only, my friend! It’s so fun to make salads in the summer!! Linda

      Reply

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