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Every year I look forward to strawberry season and Strawberry Spinach Salad is the first thing I make. Fresh baby spinach, sweet strawberries, buttery pecans and goat cheese are tossed in a honey sweetened balsamic vinaigrette – it’s so simple to make and beyond delicious.

strawberry spinach salad served in a gray ceramic bowl

You might wonder how good Strawberry Spinach Salad can be with its short list of ingredients and easy instructions. But, I promise you, the flavor of this salad is nothing short of spectacular.

I thought that I’d never find an equal to the family favorite spinach salad I grew up with, but this one qualifies. It’s one of those salads that you and your family will crave, one that you can rely on when you want to impress lunch or dinner guests.

Perfect Pairings for Strawberry Spinach Salad

Although this salad is hearty enough to make a light meal on its own (Sometimes I top it with crispy Baked Goat Cheese instead of crumbled.), it also makes a great side to these main dishes:

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How to Make Strawberry Spinach Salad

Step 1: For dressing, add balsamic vinegar, shallot and honey to a blender pitcher; blend until smooth. With blender running add olive oil in a steady stream; continue blending until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to pitcher for serving.

transferring balsamic vinaigrette to serving pitcher

Step 2: In a large salad bowl, top spinach with strawberries, pecans and goat cheese. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing and gently toss to coat. Serve.

strawberry spinach salad ingredients in a bowl
pouring balsamic vinaigrette over spinach salad ingredients
tossing spinach salad ingredients with balsamic dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe Video

Strawberry Spinach Salad

5 from 9 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Calories: 373
Servings: 4 people
A simple and spectacular salad that you’ll want to make again and again!


For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small shallot coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 8 ounces strawberries quartered
  • 2 ounces pecans coarsely chopped
  • 3 ounces crumbled goat cheese or feta


For the Dressing:

  • Add balsamic vinegar, shallot and honey to a blender pitcher; blend until smooth. With blender running, add olive oil in a steady stream; blend until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the Salad:

  • Add spinach, strawberries, pecans, and goat cheese to a large salad bowl. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing; gently toss to coat. Serve.


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3540IU | Vitamin C: 43.8mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Steven Smith says:

    I love this salad. Have you ever tried mixing a blueberry vinaigrette and ranch dressing as a topping? Also candied nuts tend to lend a sweetness i crave to this salad. Bacon never hurts also. This would be a perfect opportunity to add your favorite crouton recipe here as well. Your old bread with maybe some butter, garlic, and Parmesan cheese that melts in your mouth on top this salad would really bring it home!

    1. Marissa says:

      Hi, Steven! So glad you’re enjoying salad – thanks for your ideas on mixing it up!

  2. mimi rippee says:

    Ah, I was reluctant to pop over, because I was (mostly) sure that I’d see a cup of white sugar in your poppy seed dressing. I should know you better by now!!! One tablespoon of honey – that’s more like it! Lovely salad.

    1. Marissa says:

      Love this comment, Mimi – thank you! xo

  3. Joanne Rappos says:

    One of my fav summer salads!! It’s always a hit at bbqs too!! Love it Marissa!!

    1. Marissa says:

      Thank you, Joanne! Yes, always a crowd pleaser! 🙂

  4. Kevin says:

    5 stars
    Berries are getting to their prime season so this salad is going to be tried very soon! Looks delicious!

    1. Marissa says:

      You know I love to hear that, Kevin!