Strawberry and Avocado Salad

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October 3, 2022
Carole JonesJump to Recipe

You’ll love this Strawberry and Avocado Salad! It is the perfect balance of sweet and savory together in one delicious salad. Plus, with the addition of pine nuts or almonds, and a bit of crumbled feta cheese, it is pure salad perfection. And of course, a drizzle of the honey poppy seed dressing to take it to the next level.

Strawberry and Avocado Salad

The best part of this salad is how easy it is to throw together for a quick dinner and would be great topped with your favorite form of grilled protein as well.  And when it comes to the dressing, it is just slightly sweet, unlike other spinach salad dressings that are so overwhelmingly sweet it ruins a delicious dish.

strawberry, spinach, avocado salad

Do I have to use spinach in this salad?

Absolutely not, if that is going to be a sticking point for your family. Feel free to use a standard romaine lettuce, or a nice spring mix instead (although, there is spinach in a spring mix but I won’t tell anyone if you don’t!)

Yes, you could also use iceberg, but in my opinion, iceberg is only good for tacos because it is so super crunchy. The reason I don’t like iceberg on salads is because it just doesn’t have any flavor. As my son says, “this is just crunchy water” 🙂

Strawberry and Avocado Salad

What proteins could I add to this Strawberry and Avocado Salad?

While adding proteins isn’t necessary to make this a main dish salad, there is certainly nothing wrong with doing so if you want to up the overall protein level. For the sake of being easy, just toss on any leftover protein you already have in the fridge. Chicken, beef, pork, and even tofu would all be delicious additions.

If you are looking for something a bit “fancier,” simply grill up any of those proteins, slice them up, and add them warm to your salad. The greens will wilt just a bit, but in my opinion, that only makes it better.

Personally, I have used my favorite Grilled Chicken Breast Marinade on some chicken for the grill and it was completely fabulous on this salad!

spinach salad with strawberries, avocado, and poppyseed dressing

What substitutions would work well for this salad?

Besides the already mentioned spinach substitution, you could easily use raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries in place of the strawberries. Or even better, make a combo of all the berries! If you like stone fruits, fresh peach slices in place of the strawberries would be killer as well.

For the nuts, honestly whichever one is your favorite is what you should use…pine nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, or cashews. They should be unsalted and be sure you TOAST the nuts in a pan over medium heat until they begin to brown. Toasting nuts adds such an amazing depth of flavor, plus a much better texture so do NOT skip this important step.

As far as the cheese, any type that is fairly dry and crumbly is what works best for a strawberry and avocado salad. My personal favorite is blue cheese, but if that isn’t an option for you, try a feta, ricotta salata, or even queso fresco.

Strawberry and Avocado Salad

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Strawberry and Avocado Salad

Strawberry and Avocado Salad

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Quick and easy salad, perfect for spring and summer dinners! Looking for more protein? Just add some leftover chicken!

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 side salads or 4 main dish salads 1x

Ingredients

Scale

10 ounce bag spinach

1 lb strawberries, sliced

1 avocado, diced

1/2 red onion, finely chopped 

1/2 C pine nuts or slivered almonds, toasted

4 ounces crumbled feta or blue cheese

Dressing:

1 tsp dijon mustard

3 Tb honey

1 Tb poppy seeds

4 Tb apple cider vinegar

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/3 C extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss together all the ingredients for the salad.
  2. In a blender, blend together all the ingredients except the oil. With the blender running, slowly add the oil and let the dressing emulsify.
  3. Add desired amount of dressing to the salad, and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Fresh
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/8th
  • Calories: 251
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 269 mg
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

5 comments

Made From Pinterest
10 years ago

This looks delicious! What a great salad for summer! I’ll have to try it out, thanks for sharing the recipe!

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7 years ago

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Donald
3 years ago

This was simple, yet so addictive that I couldn’t stop eating it 🙂 Thank you

Carole
3 years ago

I’m so happy to hear you loved it! Thanks for leaving a review because it helps so much 🙂

Laurah
3 years ago

I have made this salad two days in a row, it’s so delicious! And the dressing is fantastic!

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