Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

by Krista on January 15, 2014 · 24 comments

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

This Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad is a healthy lunch or dinner option that comes together in minutes! No cooking required, WIN!

One of the things my husband and I talked about doing this year was eating more Salads! I kinda go through these phases where we will do salad like 3x in a week and then its like a ghost town in the salad world.  Consistency is the key!

Spinach, Spring mix, Kale, and Lettuce are all foliage and packed with fiber which is good for the digestive system.

One of the things I have been loving as we’ve been on this Paleo diet is that I feel tons better. I mean after the holidays you are bound to start feeling better, right, but this fast has definitely helped. I thought I was eating healthy before but looking back I don’t think I realized how much wheat I was eating and how bad it is for you. We would do Panini nights, Homemade Pizza Night, or Pasta night. All things that aren’t necessarily bad in moderation. Plus I usually packed them with veggies for nutrients.

The problem is that Wheat contains phytic acid which is a mineral blocker. Which basically means that all those nutrients from the veggies you eat with your pasta or panini don’t mean anything because the minerals are being blocked by the phytic acid.

Major bummer I know. So, all that to say, more salads less wheat!  

This Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad is perfect! It is filling, sweet, salty, and packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, and good fats. Plus, it is absolutely amazing. Seriously, I had it for lunch every day last week. No lie! So, put down the sandwich and make a salad. Get on the clean eating train for 2014! :)

To get started,  in a small bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons of gluten free mustard, 2 tablespoons of raw honey, 4 tablespoons of white vinager, 6 tablespoons of olive oil, and salt & pepper.

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad 3Next, add 10 oz. of fresh baby spinach to a large salad bowl.

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad 5Top with 2 cups of hulled & quartered strawberries, 1 cup of diced granny smith apples, 2 avocados that have been diced into small pieces, and 3/4 cup of sliced almonds.

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad 6Toss to mix everything together and serve with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.

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Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 10 oz. of spinach
  • 2 cups of strawberries, hulled & quartered {about a 16 oz. container}
  • 1 cup of granny smith apple, diced {about 1 large apple}
  • 1 cup of plain sliced almonds
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • ¾ cup of sliced almonds
Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoon of mustard, gluten free {no sugar or wine added}
  • 2 Tablespoons of raw honey
  • 4 Tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk together gluten free mustard, raw honey, white vinegar, olive oil, and salt & pepper.
  2. Next, add fresh baby spinach to a large salad bowl.
  3. Top with hulled & quartered strawberries, diced granny smith apples, avocados that have been diced into small pieces, and sliced almonds.
  4. Toss to mix everything together and serve with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.

 


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Melanie @ Carmel Moments January 15, 2014 at 7:21 AM

So many pretty salads on the blogs today. I love ones that include strawberries. That dressings sounds delicious!

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Krista January 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM

I know, I’m loving it Melanie! :)

Thanks so much on the foodie compliments, your too sweet. Always love seeing comments from you sweet friend! Hope you have a great rest of the day!

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Gloria // Simply Gloria January 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

You always inspire me, Krista. It’s a salad kind of ghost town in my house every week. I love the greens you used to create this beautiful salad! Have a fun Wednesday!

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Krista January 15, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Thanks so much Gloria, that means alot! Sounds like you need to bring your family out of the salad ghost town, then give them some of those amazing cookies you always make! :)

Have a great day my friend.

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Happy Valley Chow January 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Salad has been sound sooo good to me lately and this salad is no exception! Great job as usual :)

Happy Blogging!
Happy Valley Chow

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Krista January 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM

I have been loving it the past week and a half, had it again today and added chicken for some protein. DE-lish! :)

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Trish - Mom On Timeout January 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

What a gorgeous salad Krista! I bet I’d feel amazing after eating this for lunch :) Love it!

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Krista January 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Aww.. thanks so much Trish! That is HUGE coming from you!

P.S. Can I just say… kinda blushed a bit when I saw a comment from you! :)

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Kelly January 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Hehe, we go through phases like that too but you’re so right, consistency is the key :) This salad looks wonderful and so refreshing! Love the pretty pop of color from the strawberries :) So glad to hear that the Paleo diet is working well for you guys so far too and hope you have a wonderful week Krista!

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Krista January 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Yup, if your consistantly eating that foliage packed with fiber it makes your colon one happen camper. :)

Thank you so much for the salad compliments, your always too sweet to me. Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner January 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Krista, I love this salad – the picture alone drew me in! Pinning and making soon :)

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Krista January 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

:) Thanks so much Deb, means alot coming from you. LOVE your food photography, always want to eat the screen!

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Winnie January 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM

The “problem” with this salad is that I’m going to eat it up all by myself.
I like it that much :)

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Krista January 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM

haha… not a problem at all. I do it all the time. :)

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Shannon - AKA Design January 18, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Oh my goodness this looks so tasty!

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Krista January 19, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Thanks so much Shannon!

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Trista January 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Hi Krista! I’m friends with Zainab over at Blahnik Baker and when she showed me your blog I was so excited! This salad is actually what I have been eating almost every lunch on my Paleo endeavor myself – delicious. I am excited to try out your dressing and also the Practical Paleo book you recommended :)

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Krista January 20, 2014 at 1:41 PM

HEY!!!! I heard about you, Zainab told me that she sent one of her friends my way. So excited to meet you! Ok, fyi- my parents almost named me Trista, too funny! :)

So glad that you have loved that salad, the dressing in that is my favorite, love the tang from the vinegar. :) So are you gonna stay paleo or do it for a set amount of time? You will love the Practical Paleo book, looks of good info in the beginning about why we eat what we eat and then some great recipes!

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Trista January 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Yes! All the *ristas that I have met are awesome! The hope is to make the permanent switch to Paleo (with the occasional exception of some dairy hehe). Which is why your blog and Practical Paleo are so helpful – great ideas for variety and happy healthy living!

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Krista January 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I agree… *ristas are pretty awesome! :)

So awesome on your paleo switch, I’m like you. I will probably do it for the most part except for the occasional exceptions. So glad that my blog has been such a blessing to you! :) YEAH!

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