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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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  • Author: Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 - 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: LowCalorieDiet


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  • 2 pints (small baskets) fresh, ripe strawberries, rinsed off, hulled, and sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced into 1” long pieces
  • 11/2 cups walnut halves
  • 1 large bag of baby spinach
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese (not Feta)
  • Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup fresh, ripe strawberries that have been cleaned, husked, and sliced
  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds


Prepare the Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette ahead of time, so that it is ready when you need it:

    1. Place all ingredients, EXCEPT THE POPPY SEEDS, in a blender, Vitamix, or food processor.
    2. Puree everything for 15 – 30 seconds. It doesn’t take long at all.
    3. Taste to see if your preferences require more sugar, salt, and/or pepper. My family prefers a less tart vinaigrette, so we add sugar until it’s just right for us.
    4. Mix in the poppy seeds.
    5. Chill until ready to serve.

For the Salad:

  1. either a large flat serving bowl or arranged on individual salad plates, place all of the spinach leaves (or divide equally among salad plates).
  2. Place strawberries on top of spinach.
  3. Place red onion slices all over the top of the strawberries.
  4. Sprinkle the walnut halves all over.
  5. Generously sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese over the entire salad.
  6. Pass the dressing around to guests to ladle on individually.
  7. Enjoy!
  8. Buon Appetito!

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