Spinach Strawberry Salad is the perfect side dish for spring and summer. It pairs perfectly with homemade honey Dijon dressing!
I love a good salad! It’s the perfect way to squeeze some more vegetables into your diet as well as stretch the meal a bit. I try to serve colorful foods for nutritious variety, and Spinach Strawberry Salad is the perfect way to do that.
Making your own homemade Honey Dijon Dressing is simple and the sharp flavors pair so nicely with sweet strawberries and spinach. Top it off with toasted pecans and it’s side dish perfection!
This salad is so easy to toss together quickly. The dressing only has a few panty staple ingredients. You can leave out the poppy seeds if necessary, but I love the extra crunch and color they add.
Spinach Strawberry Salad is a perfect addition to Easter dinner. The flavors are bright and strawberries are just coming into season! You might also want to try Crispy Baked Carrot and Potato Fries as an Easter side dish.
Start by mixing the honey dijon dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Whisk together until smooth.
Wash and trim the strawberries, wash the spinach and toss together in a bowl with the dressing.
Add some raw or roasted pecan pieces for the perfect crunchy topping.
How do you toast pecans for salad topping?
Did you know you can actually toast nuts in the microwave? You can pop them into the oven, toast them on the stovetop, or take the shortcut and do it in the microwave!
Place pecan pieces in a single layer on a large plate. Microwave in one-minute intervals until the nuts are sizzling and golden. You want to do it in short intervals so you don’t accidentally burn the nuts. It takes about 5 minutes to do a plate of pecan pieces.
The type of nut you use will determine how long you need to toast them. You can read more about how to toast nuts in the microwave here.
What other toppings are good with Spinach Strawberry Salad?
I like to keep things sweet with this salad, so another fruit like blueberries is a great topping. You can also try sliced almonds, mandarin oranges, or even some feta cheese for that tangy flavor.
While I’m partial to the traditional Honey Dijon dressing that is from an old Betty Crocker recipe, there are lots of other vinaigrette options to try. Keeping with the sweet flavor profile, a delicious Raspberry Vinaigrette would be a great option.
Spinach Strawberry Salad
- 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries washed, trimmed and halved
- 8 cups spinach washed
- 1/4 cup pecan pieces raw or toasted
Honey Dijon Mustard Dressing
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1.5 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1.5 Tbsp orange juice
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp poppy seed optional
- In a large mixing bowl add washed spinach.
- Rinse and half or quarter the strawberries and place in the bowl.
- In a separate medium sized bowl add all of the dressing ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the honey mustard dressing onto the spinach and strawberry mixture.
- Lightly toss the salad until covered with dressing.
- Sprinkle raw or toasted pecan pieces on top as a garnish. If you wish to lightly toast them then place in the microwave for 1 minute intervals until sizzling and golden. Let cool, and add to the salad.