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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Packed with creamy avocado, this strawberry spinach salad with homemade honey mustard dressing is a refreshing summer recipe you’ll love. It’s ready in 5 minutes and full of crunchy, fruity goodness!

Make this a meal by topping it with my 10 Minute Air Fryer Shrimp, Honey Blackened Salmon or a Classic Grilled Chicken Breast.

Healthy Strawberry Spinach Salad

Loaded with fresh fruit and avocado, this 5-minute strawberry spinach salad gets a gold star for easiness and flavor. Drizzled with a simple honey mustard dressing, every bite is perfectly creamy, tangy, and sweet.

Made with baby spinach or your favorite greens for convenience, this tossed salad can also go from side to main dish with the help of some grilled chicken. Sprinkled with spicy red onions and crunchy almonds for a bit of texture, this bowl of summer goodness is a 10— especially if you add some mango.

Even if it’s a last-minute gathering, who doesn’t have time to make a 5-minute salad? With a refreshing combination of strawberries, avocado, and earthy dijon, it’ll be a hit at home or at any cookout. Time to get started!

Bowl of spinach strawberry salad with avocado and red onion.

Is Spinach Good For You?

Absolutely! Spinach is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and fiber. It’s also packed with vitamins A, C, and K. It’s known to help lower blood pressure, aid digestion, and support eye-health. The leafy green is also low in calories, making it perfect for people that are watching their weight or just want to eat healthy.

Ingredients for the summer salad.

What You’ll Need

You won’t believe how easy making your own honey mustard dressing is! Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact ingredient amounts.

For the Salad

  • Spinach – I prefer baby spinach for this.
  • Fresh strawberries – Please don’t use frozen strawberries.
  • Avocados
  • Almonds – You get bonus points if they’re toasted.
  • Red onion

For the Honey Mustard Dressing

  • Stone ground mustard
  • Dijon mustard – Don’t use yellow mustard for this.
  • Raw honey
  • Dried thyme
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make a Strawberry Spinach Salad

This 2-step strawberry spinach salad is quite fail-proof.

  • Whisk the dressing. Mix the stone-ground mustard, dijon, honey, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until well combined. Set it aside.
  • Assemble the salad. Toss the spinach, strawberries, avocados, red onion, and almonds in a large bowl until mixed. Serve with dressing on the side and enjoy.
Bowl of strawberry spinach salad.

Tips for Success

You won’t have any trouble throwing this salad together, but these tips will help make sure it comes out perfect.

  • Prep-ahead. Slice the strawberries and prepare the dressing in advance for an even quicker salad throughout the week.
  • Wait on the avocado. If you’re not serving the salad for at least another couple of hours or another day, don’t add the avocado just yet because it’ll brown. Add it until right before serving.
  • Keep it away from heat. Especially when on the counter or table for serving, keep it away from heat and sunlight. These make it spoil faster and nobody wants that!
  • Use leftover greens. Don’t worry if you’re almost out of spinach. You can use lettuce, kale, or even leftover salad mix for this recipe.
Close-up of a bowl of strawberry spinach salad with dressing.

Variation Ideas

These variations are all about making every salad bowl easier and yummier with what you’ve got on hand.

  • Make it fruitier. Add sliced mango, peaches, or apples to make this salad even fruitier. Fresh berries are also super yummy.
  • Swap the dressing. Out of honey mustard dressing or don’t have all the ingredients to make it right now? Use your favorite store-bought dressing instead.
  • Add protein. Adding sliced grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken will make the salad much more filling. It also makes a great work lunch.
Bowl of salad with lots of strawberries and avocado.

What Goes With Spinach Salad?

This strawberry spinach salad is best with simple chicken, turkey, or fish main dishes. For chicken, check out my Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast or Air Fryer Chicken Breast for an easy dinner. For turkey, go for my Garlic Herb Roasted Turkey Breast. If you’re craving seafood, pair it with my Honey Blackened Salmon or Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass.

Can I Store Extras for Later?

Yes! Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Store the dressing separately, otherwise the spinach will soften. Serve it straight out of the fridge and enjoy.

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Bowl of salad with lots of strawberries and avocado.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This easy strawberry spinach salad with avocado and honey mustard dressing will be your new favorite summer recipe. It’s ready in 5 minutes!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 10 oz. of spinach
  • 2 cups of strawberries, hulled & quartered
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced

Honey Mustard Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon of stone ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, add stone ground mustard, dijon mustard, honey, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk together until combined and set aside.
  2. To a large bowl add spinach, strawberries, avocados, red onion, and almonds. Serve with dressing on the side.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 122
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 256 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: strawberry spinach salad, spinach strawberry salad, spinach salad with strawberries, spinach strawberry salad recipe

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26 comments on “Strawberry Spinach Salad”

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    Amanpreet Kaur Samra

    Thumbs up for the honey mustard dressing…never knew it’s so easy to make…Thanks….

  2. This recipe is so amazingly simple but absolutely delicious. Due to a health condition I had to go grain free and paleo so going to potluck dinners was a pain. Now I can bring this salad and am all set. I did change vinegar to white wine vinegar and added chicken that was marinated in the dressing before grilling. Yumminess!!! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yeah! So glad you have a go to potluck dish now Christine! 🙂 And the alterations sound great, especially the marinated chicken!

  3. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

        1. 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!

  4. 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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    Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner

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

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

  6. 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!

    1. 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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    Trish - Mom On Timeout

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

    1. 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! 🙂

    1. 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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    Gloria // Simply Gloria

    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!

    1. 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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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments

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

    1. 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!