Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach Salad with Fresh Ontario Strawberries

A spinach strawberry salad is a popular dish to have at the table of our Niagara, Ontario families starting in June.  Spinach is the basis of this dish, but fresh Ontario strawberries give it the sweetness,  that we have all come to love.  The bright heart-shaped sliced strawberries also add colour to make it a beautiful addition to the table. It is sure to be a popular dish when going to a potluck party or add to an afternoon or evening backyard barbeque.  Kids from all ages love this salad, which makes mom and dad happy because it is full of essential nutrients.

The spinach is full of iron, and essential part of everyone’s diet.  For optimal absorption of iron into the body, it is recommended by doctors to take it with a food or beverage that is high in Vitamin C.  Adding strawberries to a spinach salad not only helps it taste great, but it offers the added benefit of Vitamin C.  100 g.  of strawberries have  71% daily Vitamin C and a significant source of Manganese (18%).

You can find fresh strawberries at Seaway Farms, as well as other in season produce.

Customize this favourite Spinach Strawberry Salad with your favourite Ingredients

  • Fresh Spinach
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Gorgonzola Cheese
  • Raw Pecans 

Other ingredients to consider adding to your salad

  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Grilled Chicken (to make it into a meal)
  • Avocados
  • Sliced Almonds (instead of Pecans)
  • Caramelized Pecans (instead of Raw Pecans)
  • Red Onions
  • Arugula or other mixed greens
  • Fresh Basil

Salad Dressing Options

Honey-Balsamic Dressing

  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Stir the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a bowl; slowly stream the olive oil into the mixture while whisking continuously. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving.

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • Pinch of ground dry mustard
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Warm Mustard Dressing

  • 1/4 c. Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
Consider adding to the salad with the Warm Mustard Dressing
  • Bacon – Cooked & Crumbled
  • Shallots
  • Hard Boiled Eggs – sliced

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