Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette #SundaySupper

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Oh this wonderfully, beautiful salad screams Spring and at a time I am desperate for a change in weather.

It was all destined to be the death of me.

I make these salads all the time and the one depicted in the picture is one of my favorite ways to do it. However, when I decided to do it for today’s Spring themed #SundaySupper, I guess I got a little excited to soon.

You see, the very day I signed up, I knew I wanted to make one. I hadn’t had one since summer, and was craving that sweet strawberry flavor.

So I made one. See…

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry, Avocado, Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette 2

Except, I forgot a few ingredients. Where’s the avocado, one of the key ingredients? But the Strawberry Vinaigrette turned out amazing so I enjoyed my salad without all the bells and whistles. I knew I just needed to get some avocado and we’d be fine.

Good thing I like the salad so much. It was time to make it again. And this time I had just gotten a large bag of meyer lemons and I though, hmm…. some sliced Meyer Lemon sounds good in that salad. Yes, that is what I will add when I add the avocado.

And I made it again. I love the pretty colors and the way the Meyer Lemon slices look in there. So pretty and the salad tasted amazing.

This was two days after I whipped up the vinaigrette. As you can tell it was thickening a bit being in the fridge. But the salad was so good.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Except, I forgot something. As I was stuffing my face with bite after bite of the delicious flavor combination, I realized I had forgotten something I adore about this salad. I forget the sliced almonds. That crunch I like with each bite.

Guess what that meant? Yep – I had to make it again. This one was 5 days after the original vinaigrette was made. It was NOTICEABLY thicker but oh so very good. In fact, it did see to get a better flavor with age, however the consistency was just really thick. This really didn’t bother me, since when I tossed it all about, the dressing really coated the spinach leaves and it was just a wonderfully, flavorful salad.

Strawberry, Avocado, Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

So as you can see, it really doesn’t matter what you add to it, because it’s just a great salad to do whatever with. I purposely chose Spring ingredients to fit our #SundaySupper theme, but you could toss in any veggies you wanted and enjoy an equally delicious salad.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette #SundaySupper
 
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A wonderful springtime salad!
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Salad
Serves: 2
Ingredients
For Salad:
  • 4 cups of baby spinach or 2 cups baby spinach 2 cups kale
  • 2½ cups of fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Meyer lemon, diced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ cup of sliced almonds
For Dressing:
  • 4 cups of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of poppy seeds
Instructions
To make the Dressing:
  1. In a blender, blend the strawberries until pureed. Add the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and sugar and blend again.
  2. Add the olive oil in and blend until the vinaigrette has thickened. Stir in the poppy seeds and you are ready to use it.
  3. Stores in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
To Make the Whole Salad:
  1. Layer the baby spinach on a 2 small plates or 1 large plate.
  2. Add the strawberries and avocado.
  3. Divide the Meyer lemons among the two plates (or all on one).
  4. Add the sliced almonds and drizzle with the wonderfully delicious Strawberry Vinaigrette you just made.
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

My friends and fellow #SundaySupper team are eager to celebrate Spring as well. Just look at these wonderful dishes they’ve brought you today!

Green and Spring Dishes Menu Includes:

Breakfast

Apps, Bread, Salads, Soups and Dressings:

Main and Sides:

Desserts:

Beverages:

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Comments

  1. says

    Such a refreshing salad Nicole! Spinach and strawberries are so great together. And avocado I can eat all the time. Our end of the summer strawberries appeared again here, so this is the perfect salad for fall too! Have a wonderful day!

  2. says

    This sounds like an amazing salad, Nicole. Yes, in every version….I have yet to give Meyer lemons a try and I cannot wait to give your salad a try. Perfect!!!

  3. Pam @ The Meltaways says

    your salad looks delicious – I made a similar vinaigrette last year – thanks for reminding me about it! Lovely pictures, as always!

  4. says

    You’ve taken one of my favorite salads to another level! Love the addition of avocados and your twist on the vinaigrette. YUM!

  5. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says

    This is BEAUTIFUL! And avocado and strawberries with the rest of some of my favorite ingredients sounds amazing! Yum! ;-)

  6. says

    I never thought I would be so excited to see a salad! I don’t like dressing and always eat my salad dry, which admittedly I do like, but this strawberry dressing just might be my first ever dressing that I love because it sounds AMAZING!!!! Pinning this now

  7. says

    I don’t know which is prettier – the salad or the dressing. I can see why you would want to make this over and over again. Switching out ingredients is even more fun. I enjoyed seeing how the salad and dressing developed over time.

  8. says

    I’ve never had strawberries in a savory salad, but this sounds really wonderful. I do love raspberry vinaigrette, so why wouldn’t strawberry work as well? Time to give it a whirl!

  9. says

    The color on this salad is so incredible Nicole, it just pops and makes you want to dig in. You gotta love natures natural beauty.

  10. says

    I love a good strawberry spinach salad. It is obvious we eat this a lot because Mo, my anti green eater, claims that spinach is her favorite. She will eat it plain, no toppings or dressing. We have never added avocado to ours, good thought!

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