Strawberry Spinach Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette

This strawberry spinach salad is perfect for spring!  Packed with strawberries, avocado, almonds and feta, and drizzled with a roasted strawberry vinaigrette.


How was your week-end?  Mine was fantabulous!

Sunday was my very first Mother’s Day as a mom…and also my birthday!  So I decided that I don’t just get a day, I got a whole week-end.  It’s only fair, right?

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette

My last birthday was my 30th, and we did it up in style…Vegas style!  I am sooooo kidding on this!  I was 5 months pregnant…it was like 40 degrees C…and I couldn’t have a drink {in Vegas!!!} on my 30th birthday.  I am not lying when I say I was in bed before 9pm.  Sad face 🙁

We were on our babymoon, a pre-baby adventure that took us to Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Needles, Moab, Escalante, Bryce Canyon…at which point I was done.  We were camping in a van…I was 5 months pregnant…you do the math.  When you think about it, I actually lasted pretty long!  Two whole weeks 😉

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette

But I am guessing you’re not here to read about babymoons and all that.   So…about the strawberry spinach salad….

Ben and I tend to get fixated on a specific salad and just eat them to death until one of us can just no longer deal with it.  This winter, we ate Deb Perlman’s Kale salad with Cherries and Pecans.  It is So. Good.  We probably had it at least 2 times a week for 4 or so months.  But as we all know, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, right?

Plus, I am no longer interested in all the prep work that comes with kale…the washing and the shredding and the drying.  OK I guess it’s not that much work.  But compared to pre-washed spinach, it is.

Would you like to meet my new favorite salad?  Mr. Strawberry Spinach Salad.  With avocados, and roasted strawberry vinaigrette.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette

Hiya spinach salad!  Loaded with my favorite salad elements of something sweet {strawberries}, something crunchy {toasted almonds}, cheese! {feta}, something sharp {purple onion}, and avocado.  Avocado needs no explanation, I hope.

I paired this wonderful, fresh, summery salad with a sweet and peppery vinaigrette made with roasted strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and freshly ground black pepper.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette

I am a super-huge fan of strawberries and balsamic vinegar, and I like the vinegar to have a serious bite to counteract the sweetness of the strawberries {example: this grilled salmon with a strawberry-balsamic reduction}.  Adding a generous amount of freshly-ground black pepper to the mix only improved things 🙂

Feel free to adjust the balsamic vinegar and pepper to taste.  Most importantly, be sure that the strawberries you use are sweet!  In this case, the over-ripe, super sweet ones are the best.

And, don’t be afraid to be extra generous with this roasted strawberry vinaigrette…it is mainly strawberries, after all, so you are free to slather it on, guilt-free.

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More spring salads for us:

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette
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An easy summer salad of spinach, strawberries, avocados, feta, toasted almonds, and a peppery-sweet vinaigrette.
Serves: 4
Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette
  • 1 cup roasted strawberries (10-12 medium whole strawberries)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp dijon mustard
  • ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced thin
  • 1½ cups fresh strawberries, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • ¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1 cup roasted strawberry & black pepper vinaigrette {recipe above}
Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Wash and trim strawberries. Arrange on a baking sheet. Roast for 25 minutes and allow to cool.
  2. Combine roasted strawberries with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust pepper/balsamic vinegar to taste.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Serve immediately
Don't be afraid to use LOTS of the vinaigrette; it is mainly strawberries anyway, so it is good for you!
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