Special Strawberry Spinach Salad

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad  is a wonderfully satisfying fresh salad that’s bursting with both flavor and color! Juicy, plump strawberries and sliced almonds lay on a bed of spinach and are accompanied by a delicious homemade sesame seed and poppy seed dressing.Each taste is mouthwatering! The salad dressing ingredients go in a blender for about 10 seconds and that’s all there is to it. Not only that, but this recipe is healthy, low calorie, gluten free and vegan.

This is another delicious Taste of Home recipe that I first tried for company because it looked so elegant. We’ve made it many times since then and it is one fabulous salad. The dressing is so tasty and the salad very refreshing–especially during hot summer Texas days. My husband is not all that crazy about eating raw spinach, but it’s growing on him–especially if I hide it in spring mix or other lettuces! But I find ways to make this and other spinach salads on a regular basis because they are so healthy, rich in protein, low calorie, and I just love spinach. He told me the other day that I’ve finally converted him to eating fruit on salads. There’s just nothing quite like it!

When I first posted this recipe in June of 2012 my pictures were of extremely poor quality. I didn’t know anything about camera’s back then, and even less about lighting or presentation. I made this salad again yesterday for some friends in our Sunday school class who just moved into a new home. We’ve always enjoyed this recipe and now you can enjoy what it really looks like with a few better photos.

If you’re looking for a dynamite salad recipe that’s splendid for holiday entertaining or family potlucks, then you’ve come to the right place. Special Strawberry Spinach Salad is special. And, so much more! Give it a try. It’s easy but has just the right crunch and texture for a light summer salad. Your guests will be impressed and come back for seconds!

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_7540.jpg

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad is special! 

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_2443.jpg

Here’s what it looks like on the plate.

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_2460.jpg

This close up shows the texture of the salad. Three main ingredients: spinach, strawberries and sliced almonds. That’s it!

 

Here’s what I did.

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_2439.jpg

Place spinach in a bowl. Add sliced strawberries and sliced almonds. Very simple!

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_2404.jpg

Make the dressing. Place the ingredients in a blender and emulsify about 10 seconds or so. 

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_2438.jpg

Refrigerate dressing until ready to serve and then toss dressing with salad, or spoon on individual servings if desired.

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_2441.jpg

To serve: Drizzle salad dressing over salad.

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_7521.jpg

Here’s a close up of the dressing. This dressing is a lot better put in the blender, rather than just being whisked. The onion emulsifies and thickens up the whole dressing providing a lot nicer consistency. This is a double batch of dressing.

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_2440.jpg

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad is one scrumptious salad. You will find yourself coming back for more, and more, and more!

 

Here’s the recipe.

SPECIAL STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD

(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home annual recipes, 2000)

 

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Scrumptious and refreshing summer salad with a delicious homemade poppy seed and sesame seed dressing. Gluten free and vegan.
Author:
Recipe type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 9 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Pour salad dressing over salad and toss to coat or drizzle salad dressing over individual servings.
  4. Serve immediately.

Poppy Seed Dressing
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Scrumptious and refreshing summer salad with a delicious homemade poppy seed and sesame seed dressing. Gluten free and vegan.
Author:
Recipe type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup canola or coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ⅛ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Place dressing ingredients in a blender and emulsify about 10 seconds.
  2. Refrigerate dressing until ready to serve.
  3. Pour salad dressing over salad and toss to coat or drizzle salad dressing over individual servings.
  4. Serve immediately.

 

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_2452.jpg

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad is healthy, low calorie, gluten free and vegan.

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_2454.jpg

This nutritious salad is great to make up on hot, sunny, summer days.

Special Strawberry Spinach Salad - IMG_7534.jpg

Good to the last bite!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Subscribe to our e-mail newsletter to receive updates.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Mandarin Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen - September 16, 2012

    [...] Special Strawberry Spinach Salad [...]

  2. Kiwi-Strawberry Spinach Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen - September 16, 2012

    [...] Special Strawberry Spinach Salad [...]

  3. Winter Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen - July 25, 2012

    [...] Special Strawberry Spinach Salad (cantstayoutofthekitchen.com) [...]

  4. Spinach and Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen - July 16, 2012

    [...] Special Strawberry Spinach Salad (cantstayoutofthekitchen.com) [...]

I love to hear from my readers! Please leave a reply.

Rate this recipe:  

Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: