The star in this strawberry spinach salad with strawberry vinaigrette is definitely the white balsamic. Get your recipe cards ready because your friends will be asking you how to make it.
- 1/4 c. white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 c. strawberry preserves
- 2 Tbs. lemon juice
- 2 tsp. everything but the bagel seasoning
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 2/3 c. canola oil or similar
- Spinach or other tender greens
- Goat cheese
- Red onion
- Blue berries or mandarins (optional)
- Candied walnuts or pecans
- Strawberries quartered
You can take all the dressing ingredients and combine them in a mason jar. Secure lid and shake vigorously until everything is well incorporated or use an immersion blender and zip it a few times.
- Wash all greens and fruit.
- Slice onions thinly
- Hull and quarter strawberries
- Place candied nuts in ziplock and lightly crush with rolling pin
- Mix all ingredients in large bowl and drizzel with dressing per your taste
- Top with goat's cheese
Pro Tip! Make your salads extra pretty by keeping a few strawberries, onions, nuts and cheese on the side. Mix everything together with the dressing and then top the mixed salad with the reserved ingredients.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g
Nutritional information is auto generated and may not be 100 percent accurate.
I know your friends will want this recipe because the first time I tasted this salad was at my friend, Taylor's house and I begged her to share the recipe with me. If you know anything about Taylor, and I know you don't so I will tell you, she is a home chef extraordinaire! No, really she is! She went to culinary school, she was top in her class when it came to making dressings and her secret...honey.
I was talking to Taylor a couple weeks ago and casually mentioned how I am not a huge fan of honey. "Whaaaatttt?!?" I believe was her response. She began spitting out (maybe spitting out isn't a good term for a food post. Let me rephrase). She began quickly listing all the reasons to LOVE honey and how she uses it constantly in her cooking. Well friends, she made me a believer and I will now be taking my honey bear out of hibernation.
Taylor uses honey in many of her dressings and in this one in particular it helps smooth out the acidic bite from the vinegar and it adds an additional dimension of sweetness to balance out all the flavors. I will admit, when I first tried it, I did not notice the honey flavor at all. It is subtle and the white balsamic still shines through.
White Balsamic Vinegar
If you've never tried white balsamic, it is so delicious. It is less syrupy than dark balsamic and has a milder flavor that doesn't overpower the way dark balsamic can. Sometimes I like to eat strawberries with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar over them as a snack and so it just made sense to make a strawberry spinach salad that married the two ingredients.
StrawBerries & Preserves
For this recipe, I highly recommend getting your berries in season. I've tried this recipe with berries out of season and the recipe just doesn't offer the same enjoyment. You really need those natural sugars. However, if you don't have in season strawberries, you can certainly use other berries or fruit such as apples, pears, mandarins, etc. Get creative and have fun with it!
I personally like to use the strawberry preserves I find at my local Trader Joes. I like that there are no added sugars, that the jam is sweetened with fruit juice and everything is organic. Whatever you find that you like will work great. If you've made your own, even better! Someday I will start making my own strawberry preserves but for now, TJ's is my "jam". Pun is defiantly intended!
I promise this is not a sponsored post but I also really like Trader Joe's candied walnuts or pecans for this recipe. However, it is super easy to whip up your own candied nuts at home. I toast mine in a cast iron skillet, add some maple syrup, let them caramelize and cool and then crush them to enjoy little pieces in every bite!
If you are not a fan of goat cheese you can also substitute Feta cheese. You just want a salty element to help balance out the sweetness. I like goat's cheese better than Feta in this salad because the goat cheese is more creamy in texture and offers a slightly milder flavor that doesn't overpower the other ingredients!
Last but not least, Everything but the Bagel seasoning. Again, this is a Trader Joe's favorite but I realize some of you might not have a TJ's close by. I mean this sincerely. I am sorry! Now that I have had one near me, I don't want to go back but I have you folks covered. I found a homemade recipe for Everything but the Bagel Seasoning over at Perry's Plate and it looks great!
The last step is to enjoy this strawberry spinach salad with strawberry vinaigrette and get those recipe cards written out. That or you can send them over this way and I'll save you the writer's cramp. If you are looking for another strawberry recipe, check out my healthier version of Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp! Thanks for stopping friends and happy eats!