Welcoming spring and summer with this fresh and easy Strawberry Spinach Salad with feta and toasted pecans is the best rite of passage I can think of. Fresh, sweet strawberries, crunchy pecans, and savory feta, drizzled with a sweet poppy seed dressing; it’s the taste of sunny days in every bite.
And when that elusive sun begins to shine, nothing tastes better in the world than a salad filled with fresh, seasonal yumminess. Crunchy greens and sweet berries. A match made in heaven.
How to Make Summer’s Best Strawberry Spinach Salad
I never think of this Strawberry Spinach Salad as a recipe. It ebbs and flows with the season, choosing the best greens (which is usually spinach) and the choicest berries (which is usually strawberries, but I’ve been known to add raspberries too).
But these are the basic ingredient in making this salad summer’s best.
Spinach. Any greens work well with this recipe but spinach and strawberries are classically delicious. But as the season goes along, choose the freshest greens you can find.
Strawberries. Choose juicy, ripe strawberries for this salad. I like to quarter the strawberries, but sliced or even halved is delicious too.
Toasted Pecans. This is the crunch that makes the salad out of this world delicious. Be sure to take the extra step to toast the pecans in a dry skillet before adding them to the salad. A nice change of pace is toasted sliced almonds.
Feta. And for the creamy, savory element, feta is my favorite cheese in this salad. Although goat cheese works deliciously well too. Buy crumbled feta (light if you prefer) for an easy salad addition.
Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing
Is there a more perfect union than Strawberry Spinach Salad drizzled with a Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing? I’m not sure I can think of one. Let me know if you can!
While it’s easier to reach for a ready-made, store-bought dressing, you’ll be incredibly glad you didn’t when you see how easy it is to whisk this dressing together. And delicious? Well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself. Believe me… it’s worth it.
Strawberry Spinach Salad Ingredients:
Olive oil is my favorite, but vegetable oil works too.
Vinegar. I like it made with white vinegar but white wine, red wine, apple cider, and balsamic vinegar are awesome too.
Sugar — yes, it is essential. But if you prefer honey, drizzle that in as a sub.
Poppy seeds give this dressing extra texture and deliciousness.
Mustard — I prefer Dijon mustard for that rich and savory tang, but a tiny squirt of yellow mustard works too.