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Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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How to make spinach strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing for your next summer picnic or get-together. An old recipe from my mother’s recipe archives. 

I’m all about salads in the summer. Fruit salad, fresh green salad and even a yummy, and not so healthy, green stuff recipe that is popular in my house.

Actually, any kind of salad is good for me and I like to try them all.

top view of a spinach strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing and a small bowl of chopped pecans

For me, not only does a summer salad have to taste good but it also has to be easy to put together (because you know that “easy” is my mantra).

This spinach strawberry salad ticks all of those boxes. Not only is it so easy to make, it just takes a few minutes, but it’s really delicious.

Perfect for a summer picnic or get-together.

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 Putting this summer salad together

I’ve learned that it’s best to make the dressing first so that you can refrigerate it before you put your salad together.

I just throw all of my dressing ingredients into a measuring cup and give it a good stir. Then I cover it and stick it in the fridge for an hour or two.

top view of olive oil going into a glass measuring cup with spices in it

Once my dressing has chilled, I can start to put together the salad.

I dump my organic baby spinach in a large bowl, clean and cut up the strawberries and toss them in with the spinach.

slicing strawberries for a spinach strawberry salad

I like nuts in my salad but they are totally optional. We went with chopped pecans this time.

Just a handful or two, tossed in with the spinach and strawberries.

a bowl of strawberries, a bowl of spinach and a small bowl of chopped pecans

Once the salad is ready, I take my poppy seed dressing out of the refrigerator and stir it well.

There may be sugar on the bottom that didn’t melt so you want to get that all mixed in.

All that’s left to do is to pour the dressing over the spinach strawberry salad. Use as little or as much as you want.

I usually end up with leftovers but it can be used for another meal. It always goes quickly in our house.

This salad doesn’t store well, because of the spinach, so it’s really best to add the dressing only when you are ready to eat.

pouring poppy seed dressing over a spinach strawberry salad with chopped pecans

That’s it. So easy, plus it’s healthy and always delicious.

What are your favorite summer salads to make? 

top view of spinach strawberry salad with a small bowl of chopped pecans next to it, plus a large graphic
Yield: 5 servings

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach Strawberry Salad

A light and refreshing spinach strawberry salad and poppy seed dressing to make for your next get-together.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tbs. poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar


  • 1 container of fresh strawberries
  • 1 bag of organic baby spinach
  • chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)


  1. Prepare dressing by mixing sugar, poppy seeds, minced onion, worcestershire sauce, paprika, olive oil and apple cider vinegar
  2. Cover and refrigerate dressing (1 hr. or more)
  3. Prepare salad
  4. Clean and cut up fresh strawberries
  5. Add fresh, organic baby spinach to large bowl
  6. Toss in fresh strawberries and chopped nuts
  7. Stir dressing well and pour over spinach and strawberries
  8. Serve immediately


  • I usually add about 1/4 cup of sugar to my dressing but you can add up to a 1/2 cup if you like it sweet.
  • You can also add chopped nuts to your salad. I like to use pecans but you could also use walnuts or raw pumpkin seeds.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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