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Strawberry Spinach Salad Cooking View

There aren’t a lot of salads that I like so much, I crave them, but this salad is an exception.  Each time I make this salad dressing, I buy a big package of spinach and enjoy it daily until either the dressing or spinach is gone.  Spinach salads with strawberries aren’t all that uncommon, but what I love about this version is the double dose of strawberry from both the dressing and the slices on top.  The dressing is on the sweet side being primarily a berry puree, but the addition of a touch of vinegar and champagne help balance the sweetness with a mild acidity that make it seem like, well, salad dressing.  As for toppings, I generally like to keep it simple with sliced almonds and strawberries.  However, I have also added green apple slices, and used pecans or walnuts in place of the almonds.  I haven’t tried it myself (yet), but I think crumbled goat cheese would be another lovely addition.  The version here is my favorite but you can play around to find the combination you prefer.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Ingredients

For the dressing:
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
2½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1½ tbsp. champagne*
1 tbsp. sugar
Pinch of salt

For the salad:
Baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
Sliced almonds, for topping
Sliced fresh strawberries, for topping

Cooking View

Directions

  • In a blender or food processor, combine the strawberries, vinegar, champagne, sugar and salt.  Process until the mixture is well combined and completely smooth.  Transfer to an airtight bottle or container and refrigerate until ready to use.  *I like to buy mini bottles of champagne for cooking, rather than have to open a whole bottle for a couple tablespoons.  In a pinch I have also used white wine and the dressing still tastes great.  Another option is to skip the separate vinegar and champagne, and instead use champagne vinegar (about 3 tbsp.)

  • To serve, portion baby spinach leaves out on salad plates.  Drizzle with the strawberry champagne vinaigrette.  Top with sliced almonds and strawberries.  Serve immediately.

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  • http://blognewblack.com Blog is the New Black

    Looks perfectly refreshing!

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I need to make that dressing! This is such a perfect summer salad.

  • http://www.jennalaughs.com jenna laughs

    This is lovely, Annie! And congratulations on the baby. My sister is about 5 months pregnant with the first boy in our family in years. We are thrilled, and I am experiencing just a small piece of the joy a baby brings to a family. I bet you are enjoying this time so much :)

  • Cate

    That looks like summer in a bowl! It’s one of my favorite salads too. I’ve had it with goat cheese and it’s really good. I like feta too since it adds a nice saltiness.

  • http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Oh, I adore strawberry & spinach salads! This one looks fantastic, and I love that the dressing is comprised mainly of fresh strawberries. I’m sure I’ll be making this dressing frequently once strawberries are in season here.

    I hope all is going well with the newest addition to your family :).

  • http://cookingalamel.tumblr.com Melinda Novak

    Yum – has me thinking of summer! Looks fantastic. Congratulations on your baby! :)

  • http://theobsessivechef.blogspot.com StephenC

    A very nice looking salad. Would love to try it soon.

  • http://susanmariecortes.blogspot.com Susan

    i LOVE spinach strawberry salads. that dressing looks AMAZING! i will have to try it definately! i’m a bit of a cheese snob and put feta on just about anything and surprisingly it pairs up well in places you would think YUCK!

  • Dalia

    Hi Annie,
    I do not cook with any type of alcohol and I really want to try this dressing. Can you please advise as what to use in place of the champagne? Thanks and congrats on your beautiful baby girl!

  • http://will-cook-for-food.blogspot.com Emily

    Yum. I just bought a big of spinach yesterday to start making these salads. I love them with pears and dried cherries too! I usually use gorgonzola, but goat cheese would be even better I think. Have you ever made cinnamon pecans? They are absolutely fabulous with spinach salad. I’ve always made raspberry vinaigrette, so strawberry will be a nice change. Thanks! And congratulations on your sweet new baby girl!

  • http://www.branappetit.com brandi

    I love strawberry and spinach salads, but I usually just make a quick dressing with raspberry vinegar. I’ll have to try this for a double dose of strawberries :) It sounds great1

  • http://theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    What a lovely springy salad! The champagne dressing dressing sounds delightful :)

  • Liz N

    Nothing says “Welcome Spring!” like photos of this salad. I love, love strawberry spinach salad. Great tip on purchasing small bottles of bubbly. I hate seeing alcohol go to waste! LOL!

  • Annie

    I suggested a sub in the recipe.

  • http://www.homewithmandy.com Home with Mandy

    This sounds so delish. The bottle you use for the dressing is beautiful!

  • http://www.kitchen-concoctions.com Heather at Kitchen Concoctions

    Ohhh I LOVE strawberry spinach salad! I have my ‘go-to’ recipe that uses a poppy seed dressing but your champagne strawberry dressing looks delightful!

  • Tricia

    I make a similar salad and use goat, blue, gorgonzola, or feta in it. Makes for a wonderful salad! Another to try is to substitute in pears for the strawberries – it’s perfect!

  • http://thiswomancooks.blogspot.com/ Christina

    I love salads topped with fruit. My favorite combination has to be blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, pecans, and gorgonzola cheese. So pretty and perfect for summer.

  • http://stateofnicole.blogspot.com/ Nicole

    This salad looks amazing! Probably the prettiest salad ever! I can’t wait to try out the recipe!

  • http://fulltimeadventure.blogspot.com/ Kathy Detweiler

    I love strawberry spinach salad. One of my favorites. I’ll have to try your dressing. Mine is made with red wine vinegar and splenda.

  • Katie

    This looks amazing! I am a friend of bobbi and mike’s (www.bobbiandmike.com), who told me about your gorgeous blog. I love it! Congrats on your beautiful family. Would you mind sharing where you found that salad dressing bottle? I can’t wait to make this! Thanks :)

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    This looks perfect! I love the look of this.

  • Annie

    The bottle is from Sur La Table. They have a nice selection of similar bottles and they aren’t very expensive. Enjoy!

  • http://www.j3nn.net J3nn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    I love strawberry spinach salad! I’d probably add some blue or goat cheese. The dressing sounds heavenly!

  • jen

    i hate salad dressing (i have issues with the wetness, i think, on my salad. same reason i don’t use any condiments at all, ever.), but that’s so pretty and looks so good i will have to try making it for my husband! however, spinach and strawberries have been one of my favorite salad combinations for years! i just slice up strawberries and wash a bunch of raw spinach, and dig in. so, so yummy! it’s the second thing i do every strawberry season, right behind stuffing as many plain strawberries into my mouth as i can! :)

  • http://thekitchenismyplayground.blogspot.com/ Tracey @ KitchenPlayground

    Beautiful! I do a similar strawberry & greens salad with a honey viniagrette – one of my favs.

  • http://ryanisbaking.blogspot.com/ Ryan

    My mama makes this a lot, except she uses a sweet balsamic dressing. I’ll have to try that dressing though, it looks awesome!

  • http://colpanna.wordpress.com Liv B

    Yum! That looks deliciout. I think the goat’s cheese would be a wonderful addition to the flavour combination.

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  • http://www.ourfamilyfoodadventures.com Kristy

    Spinach and strawberry salads are one of our favorites. We sometimes enjoy it with a grilled chicken breast as well. I’m anxious to try this dressing with it the next time we make it. Glad you posted this one!

  • Mishelle

    I had just started looking for recipes to serve on Easter when my inlaws visit…I think this will be a perfect addition to the menu….quick and simple yet delicious!! Thank You for sharing!!

  • Stephanie C

    I make a strawberry and spinach salad with cucumbers and feta cheese. It’s pretty much the only salad I will eat on a semi regular basis. I normally don’t use dressing, but a strawberry dressing sounds delish.

  • http://ruby-marie.blogspot.com/ Angela

    This salad looks amazing! Perfect for summer!!

  • http://CookingCreation.com Celeste

    This looks so refreshing! I love strawberry and spinach salads and the addition of the almonds is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather

    Strawberry spinich salads with sliced green grapes are a summer staple in my home, I can not wait to try this dressing!

  • http://mylifelovefood.blogspot.com Valeria

    I made the same thing last spring just adding some feta crumbled on top

    http://mylifelovefood.blogspot.com/2010/05/spinacifragolefetaricetta-pro-primavera.html

    it was my staple meal for the whole season, simply delicious! But now I really want to try this amazing dressing! Can’t wait for strawberries :))

  • http://facebook.com/Baking4Six Dianne @ Baking 4 Six

    That looks very yummy – and – healthy. The colors are beautiful, too!! Perfect for a little girl tea part one day :) — Congratulations to your family! My 4 children are all starting to like spinach. The dressing looks fabulous, I’m looking forward to making that the most ~ thank you :)

  • http://pajamachef.wordpress.com Sarah @ The Pajama Chef

    nothing like a good spinach salad. yum. can’t wait to try your dressing :)

  • http://www.healthyeatingforordinarypeople.com Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

    This looks amazing. When strawberries are in season here in New Jersey, I make a strawberry balsamic vinegar by letting the berries sit in the vinegar in my fridge for a week or two. It makes for an amazing dressing, combined with just olive oil and salt. This salad reminded me how much I want summer!!!

  • http://www.happywhennothungry.com Happy When Not Hungry

    This looks delicious and so fresh too! Love the colors of those strawberries. Yum!

  • http://www.menuism.com/blog Kristen | Menuism

    So intrigued by this dressing! Strawberry spinach salads are my favorite, although I’ll sheepishly admit I’ve never had one with strawberry (or strawberry champagne) dressing!

  • http://becherbert.wordpress.com Becca

    I make these all the time, but with feta cheese and Briana’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette dressing-so delicious. I’ll have to try your dressing sometime, yum!

  • Kristina

    Annie,
    Congrats on your cuddle buddy! Quick question about the champagne. I saw that there is a substitute. I don’t usually cook with any alcohol so I’m out of my area. Would using champagne give an effervescent type of quality to the dressing that would be missing if the champagne vinegar is used? If so, do you think a sparkling cider might work? Thanks in advance.

  • Annie

    I think the dressing is very flexible so you can play around and see what you like. I think it would be fine with just the champagne vinegar but a sparkling cider isn’t a bad idea either. Enjoy!

  • bttrflybabydoll

    Ok, normally I’m not a fan of fruit in my salad. With that said, this is beautiful and really makes me want to try it. I love strawberries, and I think I might actually like this one. Thanks!

  • Anne

    I made this salad and dressing as part of our Easter dinner. Everyone loved it!

  • http://www.thebreakupnote.com Chad

    that champagne strawberry dressing is a brilliant bright light of genius.

  • http://soulfulcollegegirl.blogspot.com Sara

    Hi Annie! I just wanted to say that I made this salad last night for my mom for mother’s day and we absolutely loved it! We didn’t have any champagne vinegar so I used a citrus vinegar and it added just the right amount of “zing” to the dressing! I also subbed in pistachios for the almonds but we both agreed that the dressing was the real star. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • http://daintychef-krissy.blogspot.com/ Krissy

    I made this last week and literally had to restrain myself from licking my plate.

  • http://www.carolinaheartstrings.com carolinaheartstrings

    I love this salad. I made very similar with homemade lemon poppy seed dressing. Check it out at our site and let us know what you think.

  • http://deliciouslygolden.blogspot.com/ Blair Buras

    made the salad and blogged ab it…so good!!

  • katie

    added feta cheese- delish!

  • Danielle Law

    I’ve made tons of Annie’s Eats dishes before (homemade pita and chicken gyros are a staple at my house now) but this salad was SO wonderful and SO refreshing that I begged my fiancé not to eat seconds. Really. I’ve been eating leftovers for lunch two days in a row and am still obsessed with the dressing. I added some bleu cheese crumbles, but for the dressing alone, I would marry this salad. Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://www.sulpicechocolat.com apaler1

    i have to try this salad! It looks so delicious and what a great idea to use apple cider vinegar to change up the classic balsamic vinegar. It trying this one out tonight.

  • Kirsten T

    I made this tonight and it was amazing! I didn’t have champagne though so I added a dash of balsamic vinegar and a splash of soda water for the bubbles. To make it more of a dinner salad I went crazy and added: grilled chicken strips, bacon bits, and smoked blue cheese crumbles. Oh my gosh it’s amazing! Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe!

  • Anonymous

    that champagne strawberry dressing is a brilliant bright light of genius.

  • Deena02

    where did you get that bottle?

  • annieseats

    Sur La Table.

  • Guffeykristin

    I love this dressing!!! and I love your blog!! thank you for posting such amazing recipes!!!

  • Roxie Miskinis

    I made this dressing and used it to marinate my turkey for Easter I have used white wine and white grape juice in the past but wanted to try this. I will let you know after Sunday how it tastes. Also made a cranberry/blueberry latice top pie. It looks good, but we’ll see how the family likes it

  • FitnessCoachJen

    I’m making this tonight for the first time and plain on the chicken strips & blue cheese crumbles … Thanks for the idea!

  • Ashley

    This was a delicious recipe! I replaced the champagne with lemon Perrier and it worked really well. I love that it has no oil, I will definitely be making it again!

  • Dstark1981

    I made this tonight and used white wine vinegar instead of the champagne vinegar ( I couldn’t find it). And it was delicious:). Definitely going to make it again! Maybe next time I will add some raspberries too!