Easy spinach strawberry walnut salad with lemon poppy seed dressing and candied walnuts, absolutely the best ever. My most requested salad to date: sliced sweet strawberries and fresh baby spinach leaves dressed in a simple to die for strawberry lemon poppy seed dressing with maple syrup and olive oil.
Needless to say this is all about that luscious vinaigrette and the quality of the ingredients you are using to make it. Everything buzzed up in your mini food processor or blender until smooth. You can serve it just like this, as a side dish or pile up some pan seared crisp tofu on top to make a meal of things.
I had just the perfect strawberry ready to be picked yesterday morning, but somehow word got out about that and one of our rascal squirrels helped himself to an early breakfast. Can’t blame him, right ?
You might know that I’m partial to walnuts: toasted, candied, raw, I’m a walnut girl. However, you can adapt this recipe with your favorite nuts, pecans or even slivered almonds would be nice. If trying to avoid nuts just use sunflowers seeds, hemp or toasted pepitas instead.
The Best Spinach Strawberry Salad!
Good for You
Quick & Easy to Make
Perfect for a Crowd.
The Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
There are a few directions you can take this but I wanted something creamy and luscious with sweet and tangy notes. The puree of ripe strawberries, fresh lemon and olive oil delivers the magic I am after.
Instead of the creamy dressing you can opt for a light poppyseed vinaigrette made with a white balsamic vinegar. If you are lucky to get your hands on a peach balsamic that would be divine.
For those of you on a WFPB diet there are a few ideas to make this dressing oil free in the recipe card below.
note: spinach is one of the lowest-calorie foods on the planet. A great source of Iron, vitamin K, C and A, calcium, lutein. Strawberries contain only about 50 calories per cup and are a great source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C and potassium.
How to Make Spinach Strawberry Walnut Salad:
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Easy Spinach Strawberry Walnut Salad
The best spinach strawberry walnut salad with lemon poppy seed dressing and candied walnuts. WFPB oil free dressing included.
Add all of the salad dressing ingredients but the poppyseeds to the bowl of a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Taste and add more lemon and maple syrup / coconut nectar to taste. ( You can add a splash of water If you like to thin it out). Stir in the poppy seeds at this point.
Add the spinach and sliced strawberries to a large salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat well. Sprinkle with the walnuts and serve promptly.
WFPB Oil-Free Dressing:
Simply replace the EVOO in the recipe with equal parts of water, white balsamic vinegar reduction, 1/2 banana or 1/4 cup apple sauce. Blend with the rest of the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.