Strawberry and Spinach Salad Recipe

by Alice Currah on May 24, 2009. Updated August 29, 2012


I love days like today when the weather in Seattle is perfectly perfect.  Warm temperatures, blue skies, and not a care in the world except for the dilemma of what to eat for dinner. I decided to make a spinach strawberry salad as the main dish. I’ve had a love affair with this salad ever since I had at bridal shower 15 years ago.  The combination of sweet and tangy poppy seed dressing on torn spinach is the perfect dish to serve as a light and refreshing meal in itself or for potlucks, showers, and entertaining.  This salad always disappears first and is one of my most requested recipes by those who try it.

It’s not only a beautiful salad with poppy seeds and strawberries but a healthy one.  Spinach is an awesome source of vitamin C as well as a powerful antioxidant and considered a “Super Food”.  Strawberries are also a great source of vitamin C, K, B5, B6, folic acid, potassium, omega -3 fatty acids, and many more.

Everything you need to make this salad is already likely in your refrigerator and cupboards.  Make sure you prepare the poppy seed dressing before starting to give it time to settle and come together. And for parents out there whose kids hate salad, this may be the salad that wins them over. Enjoy!

Strawberries and Spinach Salad Recipe:

Serves 4-6


1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar

2/3 cup of olive oil (vegetable oil can be substituted)

1/2 cup white sugar or Splenda equivalent for Low-Carb Diets

2 tbs. of poppy seeds

1/2 tsp. of paprika

2  tbs. of minced onion

2 tbs. of roasted and toasted sesame seeds

2 bunches of spinach, washed, dried,  and torn in pieced

2-3 cups of strawberries, sliced with stems removed

OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup of slivered almonds, crunchy chow mein noodles, or minced bacon pieces.


Using an immersion hand blender, blender or a whisk, combine vinegar, oil, sugar, poppy seeds, paprika, and onion until sugar is dissolved. Place dressing in the refrigerator.  To toast sesame seeds, place the seeds in an un-oiled small skillet on medium heat.  Stir every 30 seconds until seeds start browning and popping. Remove from heat and set aside.


Slice washed and stemmed strawberries and place in a small bowl.  Chill in the refrigerator.


In a large bowl toss torn spinach leaves, strawberries, sesame seeds, and poppy seed dressing.  Serve immediately. Enjoy!


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

jenn May 24, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Looks wonderfully healthy! Strawberry and spinach, yum. Pretty good combination to me. Plus I love both ingredients. Will be saving this recipe. =)


Lauren B May 24, 2009 at 11:41 pm

That does look healthy and refreshing! What a wonderful start to a low carb summer meal. :) Great blog!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 25, 2009 at 10:13 am

This salad looks beautiful and bright – perfect for summer! I will give it a try – it might just be one that my husband will eat willingly!


Eric May 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

That looks so wonderful and refreshing.


Pocky May 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I didn’t start eating fruits in my salads until about 5 years ago. Strawberry and spinach salad was actually the first one that said to me a salad doesn’t have to be just lettuce, grilled chicken, and cucumber slices.

This looks fantastic. Makes me wish I had picked up a carton of strawberries from the market after all. :)


alice May 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Thanks for all the comments everyone. I love this salad because I usually have spinach and strawberries on hand. I also make big batch of the dressing so I can just make this this really quickly and go.

Pocky: I hadn’t thought about it in those terms but you’re right.. I guess there are not many salads with just fruit. And fruit salad does not count. :)


Natasha - 5 Star Foodie May 25, 2009 at 10:16 pm

A wonderful summer salad! I love the addition of toasted sesame seeds here!


Zahavah/Gayle May 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm

This looks fabulous and a nice change from the typical, overly sweet balsamic version of a strawberry spinach salad. Looking forward to trying this one!


Disparatehousewife May 30, 2009 at 8:09 am

Could you please specify how much sugar? It only reads 1/2. Is that 1/2 cup?


alice June 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Hi Disparate: I went ahead and corrected the recipe. It is 1/2 cup of sugar.


elaine February 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I am trying to cut out sugar and hate splenda would it taste awful without either do you think ??


ecath October 4, 2009 at 5:35 am

Whoa! It looks delicious!


Alice October 15, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Mandarin Oranges make this even better… in my opinion anyway :)


Melanie Craddock January 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

YUM!!! I’m glad you reposted this recipe. I am going to make this soon! My wedding anniversary was Dec 29th, and we went to our favorite local place for dinner, and I had an AMAZING spinach salad that had poppyseed dressing and strawberries!!! I was thinking I should try to recreate it because I loved it so much, but didn’t have a poppyseed dressing recipe. They also added walnuts, and feta cheese (gave it a nice tang) to the salad at the restaurant.

thanks for all your great recipes, and beautiful photos!


Teri January 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I made this salad last night and it was awesome. Thank you for your website and sharing your recipes.



Rhea August 10, 2010 at 10:34 am

I made this to bring to a BBQ and it was a hit! The dress is so easy to make. I made it the night before, let it sit in the fridge and then on the day of, just tossed the salad. So easy and it looked beautiful.


Shaz December 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Hi, I was wondering how many people this recipe would serve?


alice December 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Hi Shaz,
This salad serves 4-6.


JULIE January 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

This is the best salad ever!!!! i love it!!!


robin April 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

This was amazing! I just made it for dinner (added turkey bacon) and my daughter said “I think this is this first time I ever wanted to lick my plate after eating a salad”. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!


Kathy August 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Made this the other night and it was great. We added apple wood bacon and sliced almonds. The Poppy Seed Dressing was delish. Huge hit at my house. Thanks


Marcae February 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

Wish this recipe was printer friendly!


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