Spinach Salad with Strawberries

Spinach Salad with Strawberries Spinach Salad and kids? You’re not buying it, are you? But you never know until you try! There’s no question adults will love this salad. And your kids just might, too. My kids actually ate a little of the spinach and loved the fruit in it. The dressing softens the spinach and makes it really delicious. You can always substitute mixed greens, Romaine, or even arugula for the spinach if it’s a tough sell. So give it a go! One bite won’t kill them.
  • tick Dairy Free Option
  • tick Easy Entertaining
  • tick Make Ahead
  • tick Vegetarian
  • tick Gluten Free


  • 3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 8 oz baby spinach leaves, washed and thoroughly dried
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pt strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Marcona almonds
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled


To make the dressing, combine the vinegar, oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Whisk until combined. 
In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach leaves, red onion, strawberries, almonds and half of the cheese. Toss with enough dressing to coat the salad. (If you’ve got any dressing left in the bottom of the bowl, it’s too much. I always start with less than I think I’ll need!) Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with the remaining cheese.


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  • Julie says:

    Just a little tip to make spinach salad eating easier for kids...I grab several spinach leaves, roll them tight together and slice into thin strips. Works every time! It's not as bitter either.

  • Dawn McIntosh says:

    I made this with a twist. I candied 1 cup of pecans with brown sugar and chili powder. Tossed with some sliced red onion and Pomegranate Blueberry vinegrette. yum yum

  • CarrieLyn says:

    So true that you never know until you try! I was inspired by another of your salad recipes to let my kids give it a(nother) try, and now my 7- year-old son begs to eat salad with every meal. We started with romaine, but now he loves spinach even more.