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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad has an interesting dressing and extra flavor from almonds and dill, and this would be a perfect salad for any summer get-together. Use basil if you don’t like dill or don’t have fresh dill.

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There is an interesting story about how I got this amazing recipe for Strawberry Spinach Salad! One of the fun things about blogging that I never expected is that faithful readers sometimes send me recipes to try. And it was a nice coincidence that I had just noticed my dill really needed trimming when a reader named Robin Oliver send me this recipe!

I was intrigued with the idea of dill in a salad with spinach, and I also loved the sound of the slightly-sweet dressing that had a touch of dry mustard and onion powder. Robin told me she loved the salad, and absolutely, so did I! Thanks Robin, for a recipe that’s a definite keeper.

I used my favorite sweetener of course, to make this salad lower in sugar. And if you don’t like dill, or don’t have any fresh dill in your garden I think this salad would also be delicious with sweet basil! This is a lovely salad for a special occasion; hope you enjoy!

About Fresh Dill:

Dill is a short-lived perennial herb that’s used in many types of recipes. If you have dill in your garden, try to keep it trimmed during the summer so the dill doesn’t go to seed. At the end of the season you can let it go to seed and re-seed the spot for dill the next year.

Strawberry Spinach Salad process shots collage

How to Make Strawberry Spinach Salad:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Combine dressing ingredients, and let them come hang out together a bit before you start prepping ingredients. (Photography fail, no photo of that!)
  2. Use a salad spinner (affiliate link) to wash and dry enough dill to get about 3 tablespoons of chopped dill. 
  3. After the dill is washed and dried, cut the thin stems away from these thicker stem pieces, and discard the thicker pieces of stem.
  4. Finely chop the dill, then toss with baby spinach, chopped green onions, and almonds. (The recipe called for slivered almonds, which I think would be best. However I didn’t have any, so I just chopped some almonds with a big knife.)
  5. Then whisk dressing ingredients together again to be sure they’re well mixed, and toss the salad ingredients with desired amount of dressing. (You will not need all the dressing; save in refrigerator for another salad.)
  6. Since I was adding the strawberries to the top of the salad, I also used some dressing to moisten them slightly before I spooned them over each serving of salad.
  7. Serve immediately and wait for raves from your family or guests!

Make it a Meal:

This would taste great with Chicken and Quickly Roasted Asparagus with Tahini Sauce or Chicken Souvlaki.

More Spinach Salad Recipes to Try:

Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat cheese from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spinach Salad with Apples and Vermouth Vinaigrette from White on Rice Couple
Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado and Champagne Vinaigrette from Andrea’s Recipes

Strawberry Spinach Salad photo of finished salad on plate

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

This Strawberry Spinach Salad has an amazingly tasty dressing and there's also added flavor from the addition of almonds and dill!

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. baby spinach leaves, washed and spun dry if needed
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds (see notes)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 3 T chopped fresh dill

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. finely minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (I used fine sea salt)
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper (I used fresh ground pepper)
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, sweetener, garlic, salt, black pepper, dry mustard, and onion powder.
  2. When those ingredients are well combined, whisk in olive oil and let dressing flavors blend while you prep other ingredients.
  3. Wash dill and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
  4. Trim off feathery ends, discarding thick stems. finely chop dill and set aside.
  5. Wash strawberries, cut into slices and set aside.
  6. Wash spinach if needed and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
  7. Place spinach in large mixing bowl.
  8. Thinly slice green onions and add to spinach in bowl.
  9. Add slivered (or chopped) almonds and chopped dill and mix together.
  10. Whisk dressing a few time to be sure it’s well-mixed, then add desired amount of dressing to salad and toss. (You will not need all the dressing.)
  11. Arrange salad on individual serving plates.
  12. Toss sliced strawberries with 1-2 T of dressing, then arrange strawberries over salad on each plate and serve.

Notes

Robin’s recipe called for 2 lbs. baby spinach. I cut it down to 1 lb. spinach, since that’s the size I see most often in the store. I did not decrease the dressing ingredients, but you could cut it in half if you don’t want to have extra dressing.

Almonds can be slightly toasted in a dry pan if desired; use regular chopped almonds if you don't have slivered almonds. I'd use chopped fresh basil if you aren't a fan of dill or don't have any dill. I would use Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for this recipe, but use any sweetener you prefer.

This recipe adapted from a recipe sent to me by Robin Oliver. Robin got it from a pot-luck where she asked the host for the recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
When it’s made with an approved sweetener, this Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Dill would be a good option for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet. I was pleasantly surprised that if you calculate the net carbs (by subtracting the fiber) this is surprisingly low in carbs with the ingredients I used.

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    26 Comments on “Strawberry Spinach Salad”

  1. How wonderful for a summer feast! I would never have thought of this combination, but just reading the recipe, I can tell it's a beautiful match. (And, the photos are scrumptious!)

  2. Yummie… strawberries.

    Made this tonight (well, not THIS, but inspired by this). Thank you.

  3. That looks lovely, Kalyn! I'm going to the market tomorrow and will look for some dill…thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. That is a nice fresh looking salad! I am going to have to try the strawberry and dill combo.

  5. Trust me people, the dill is great in this! I'm guessing some other herbs would be good too, especially basil or chives.

    Good to know I'm not the only one with an over-ambitious list of "recipes to try."

    Sorry to hear more stories of dill failure. Hate it when that happens.

    Thanks for the photo feedback. The new studio space in my office is so great, the light is wonderful.

  6. Your photo of this fabulous spinach and strawberry combo is so beautiful! Not to mention, it is making me hungry. And I just ate. Gorgeous!

  7. I love strawberry spinach salad but have never had it with dill before! Such a unique ingredient!! 🙂

  8. This looks fabulous. I find myself constantly having to harvest my dill in the summer…as it likes to bolt the minute you turn your back on it.

    Will definitely try this one out. Thanks to you, and to Robin!

  9. I made this exact salad (minus the dill) last week for a lunch party and got rave reviews. I used balsamic vinegar in the dressing and it was amazing!

  10. I'm glad someone sent you this and the timing was right, because I can't wait to try this! I love the combo of strawberries and spinach, so this is a winner in my book.

  11. I understand about having a full "to try" recipe file. It seems mine is ever growing so matter how much I cook.

    My dill…the caterpillars ate it all. My husband and I were so entertained watching them gobble up the plant that we decided to just let them eat. Neither one of us had the heart to deter the little guys. Your salad is beautiful.

  12. I enjoy fruit in my salad, gives it a nice sweetness. I usually don't have to add dressing when I do add fruit. I love the nice crunch of almonds too. The dill is new to me, but I bet it is great! Nice photos!

  13. I'm glad other people also liked the idea of spinach and dill combined in a salad with strawberries. I agree, other fruits would be good too. And sorry to hear about the dill fatalities. I can relate; my first dill didn't make it, but I bought some more plants at the garden center and they seem to be thriving. I wish I could share!

  14. I can totally see why that recipe caught your eye. YUM!

  15. The photos are making me drool. Of course I have major dill envy as, once again this summer, my dill plants failed to survive their first month in the garden. Your dill looks so robust — and how interesting to combine it with spinach.

  16. That looks pretty good 😉

    I think I'll try it this weekend

  17. What a fresh, delicious salad. I'd imagine this would also work nicely with blueberries or peaches.

  18. I saw your tweet about this salad and was intrigued. Unfortunately my dill is done for the season (too hot here), but I may have to buy some so I can try this. I really like spinach and strawberries together.

  19. I'm always intrigued when I see fruit in a salad. I bet this would also be good with basil in place of the dill.

  20. Wow Kalyn, what a gorgeous salad! I bet it's absolutely delicious too 🙂