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Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad

This easy strawberry and spinach salad is perfect for summer! Tender spinach, fresh strawberries, feta, candied almonds, and an easy citrus poppy seed dressing. Making your own candied almonds is super easy, and they are so much better than store bought. Serve this salad as a side or add grilled chicken or salmon for an easy meal!

spinach salad with strawberries and candied almonds
fresh strawberries in a bowl

Grocery List:

  • Spinach
  • Feta
  • Strawberries
  • Almonds
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Orange Juice
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Serve this easy strawberry spinach salad with, grilled chicken, salmon, or shrimp for an easy meal!

easy strawberry spinach salad topped with citrus poppy seed dressing

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candied almonds in a bowl

Variations:

  • Add in mandarin orange slices
  • Use candied walnuts or pecans
  • Swap blue cheese for feta
  • Use a mix of kale and spinach

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Instructions:

For the candied almonds:

  • In a medium saucepan combine sugar, water, and cinnamon. Heat over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes until mixture begins to bubble and thicken. Add in almonds and cook for another 4-5 minutes until the almonds are coated in a thick syrup.
  • Transfer onto a baking sheet and allow to cool, the syrup should harden and coat the almonds.

For the poppy seed dressing:

  • In a mason jar combine the olive oil, orange juice, mustard, honey, garlic, salt, pepper, and poppy seeds. Place on the lid and shake well until combined.
  • In a large mixing bowl add in the spinach, sliced strawberries, and crumbled feta. Drizzle on the poppy seed dressing and toss to combine. Transfer onto a serving platter and top with the cooled candied almonds. Serve immediately.
crumbled feta in a bowl

Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad

5 from 2 votes
Course: Salad
Keyword: caesar salad, candied almonds, spinach salad, Strawberry
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 382kcal
Author: The Hearty Life
Cost: $
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Ingredients: 

  • 8 oz. Spinach
  • 1 pint Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 8 oz. Feta, crumbled

For the candied almonds:

  • 1 cup Almonds, whole or chopped
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

For the poppy seed dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds

Instructions:

For the candied almonds:

  • In a medium saucepan combine sugar, water, and cinnamon. Heat over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes until mixture begins to bubble and thicken. Add in almonds and cook for another 4-5 minutes until the almonds are coated in a thick syrup.
  • Transfer onto a baking sheet and allow to cool, the syrup should harden and coat the almonds.

For the poppy seed dressing:

  • In a mason jar combine the olive oil, orange juice, mustard, honey, garlic, salt, pepper, and poppy seeds. Place on the lid and shake well until combined.
  • In a large mixing bowl add in the spinach, sliced strawberries, and crumbled feta. Drizzle on the poppy seed dressing and toss to combine. Transfer onto a serving platter and top with the cooled candied almonds. Serve immediately.

Nutrition:

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 382 kcal | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Protein: 12 g | Fat: 23 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 34 mg | Sodium: 832 mg | Potassium: 376 mg | Fiber: 6 g | Sugar: 28 g | Vitamin A: 362 IU | Vitamin C: 52 mg | Calcium: 301 mg | Iron: 2 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

spinach salad tossed with cirrus vinaigrette

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