Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for fresh and vibrant salads that are loaded with colorful fruits and vegetables. One of my favorite salads during this time of the year is the Strawberry and Blueberry Spinach Salad.
This salad is not only delicious and refreshing, but it is also packed with nutrients that are essential for a healthy diet.
When a salad is easy to make, with a short ingredient list, it becomes a must-have for your healthy lifestyle!
Why You Will Love This Salad
There are many reasons to love this recipe. To start, it is incredibly easy to make, and it requires only a few basic ingredients that are readily available at any grocery store.
It's a perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors, which makes it a crowd-pleaser. But let's be honest, you might not want to share LOL.
This is a healthy salad that is low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. And so easy to customize to suit your individual preferences.
How to Make This Strawberry and Blueberry Spinach Salad
The beauty of a salad is its simplicity. No cooking required, all the ingredients are raw! So it is important to use the highest quality ingredients you can find.
You simply need to wash everything thoroughly and assemble.
One thing I wanted to mention is how much I like a salad spinner for this. For years, I thought this was a silly item to have in the kitchen. Until I got one.
Now I just love it! Its the very best way to rinse off your greens and then get all the excess moisture off before putting the salad together.
Rinse the berries and slice the strawberries. If you have an egg slicer, try using that for the strawberries to get perfectly even slices.
Feta cheese can be purchased already crumbled, but it is usually drier that way. I prefer buying a block and breaking off what I need with a fork. It ensures a more creamy feta cheese in my salad.
I buy sliced almonds in the baking nuts section of the grocery store, but you can also slice whole almonds with a really sharp knife.
Once the ingredients are prepped you simply need to put the salad together.
Place the ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine. Hold off adding dressing until its time to serve.
Dressing This Salad
This is the kind of salad you make when berries are in season, so it makes sense to have a dressing made from more fresh berries. I specifically made strawberry balsamic vinaigrette to dress this salad.
You can go ahead and add about ¼ cup of salad dressing to the bowl and toss it all to coat really well. Or, just serve the salad with the dressing on the side for people to add as little or as much as they prefer.
This salad can be served as a side dish or a main course. It pairs well with grilled chicken, fish, or shrimp. You can also add some sliced avocado or grilled vegetables to make it more filling.
Substitutions and Variations
If you don't like feta cheese, you can use goat cheese or blue cheese instead. You can also substitute the almonds with pecans or walnuts.
To make this salad vegan, omit the cheese and use a vegan-friendly dressing.
Wash and dry the spinach leaves thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris. This is where a salad spinner becomes your best friend. 😀
Use fresh, ripe, organic berries for the best flavor. When strawberries are in season, they are in a class of their own!
If desired, you can toast the almonds for a few minutes in a dry skillet to bring out their flavor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can prepare and mix the salad ahead of time and store it covered in the refrigerator. Add the dressing just before serving.
Absolutely, you can use any type of lettuce or greens that you prefer. I've made this salad with chopped romaine and also with mixed greens and loved it every time.
More Salad Recipes to Love
Strawberry & Blueberry Spinach Salad
- 5 ounces baby spinach
- 1 cup blueberries fresh
- 1 pint strawberries, sliced fresh
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup feta cheese crumbled
- dressing of choice
- Thoroughly wash and dry the spinach and berries. Slice the strawberries evenly.
- Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently to combine.
- Add dressing of choice just before serving. Or, serve the dressing on the side for each person to add the amount they prefer.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.