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Introducing my new favorite summer salad: Strawberry Spinach Salad, with Blueberries, Mango, Avocado, and Cashew nuts, with a Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing.

This salad has become a new favorite in my family, and we make it all the time.

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This salad is colorful and refreshing like summer itself, and the dressing is super delicious! I like the dressing on the sweeter side, which for me means 4 tablespoons of brown sugar in this recipe, but feel free make it less or more sweet (by adding/subtracting the amount of brown sugar), depending on how you like it!

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I love the colors of this salad!

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Brown sugar is essential in this salad dressing – when combined with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, it’s what makes this dressing so flavorful and tasty. The mustard powder provides just the right amount of “kick”. A little bit of onion powder and garlic powder (or garlic salt) creates even more flavor!

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Do not add the dressing to the salad until serving time, otherwise the spinach will wilt quickly. Add the dressing right before you’re ready to serve the salad! Also, add just enough dressing to coat the leaves – don’t pour all of the dressing into the salad at once (it could be too much for your taste) – you don’t have to use all of the dressing – let your taste be your guide!

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Strawberry spinach salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Strawberry spinach salad

Ingredients

    Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • garlic salt or garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • Salad:
  • one package (10 oz) fresh spinach (about 10 cups of torn leaves)
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries (cleaned and hulled)
  • 1 cup avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cashews

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the dressing ingredients, and whisk together well. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can serve the dressing immediately or you can cover it and chill for an hour.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients, except the cashew nuts. Add the dressing to the salad and toss. Sprinkle cashew nuts on top of the salad.
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  • Kevin | keviniscooking June 12, 2014, 12:41 am

    This looks amazing and is on my list to make for sure. I love mixing avocados with fruit in a salad and this combination looks great. Beautiful photos as well.

  • Angie (@angiesrecipess) June 12, 2014, 4:14 am

    So fresh and beautiful…the colour just makes me happy!

  • Shashi @ RunninSrilankan(dot)com June 12, 2014, 6:25 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I too love the colors and flavor and texture combination in this sweet and savory salad! Wait – did I tell you this salad is gorgeous?! 🙂

  • [email protected] June 12, 2014, 11:54 am

    …you know, I haven’t put strawberries in a salad yet. I have a feeling I will…soon. Your salad looks beautiful!

    ela h.

  • Beth June 12, 2014, 5:47 pm

    I love the sound of that dressing – and I can’t imagine a more beautiful salad! What a great summertime meal.

  • Liz June 12, 2014, 5:48 pm

    Whoa, this colorful salad looks amazing! So many of my favorite ingredients…I’d be happy to skip the entree, and make this my dinner!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy June 12, 2014, 8:03 pm

    Looks delicious!

  • Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods June 13, 2014, 12:10 pm

    This is so my kind of salad Julia! It looks beautiful and is full of bright fresh flavors. Your balsamic sounds delicious too. Pinning

  • zerrin June 14, 2014, 4:11 pm

    Wow! What a healthy salad that has a fantastic look! I can feel the freshness of the salad even from the screen of my laptop. Pinning!

  • Maria August 3, 2014, 3:52 pm

    I just made this salad and it was a hit with my whole family, even my 3 year old 🙂 it’s so tasty! Thank you!

    • Julia August 5, 2014, 2:56 pm

      Maria, thank you! I am so glad you liked the salad! I love it too! So much freshness and flavor!

  • Stephanie August 26, 2014, 10:27 pm

    My family loves this salad!!! We added some sautéed chicken to it and made it our supper tonight. 2 members of my family are 13 & 14 year old boys and they would not stop eating it!

    • Julia September 5, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Wow, adding chicken will make this salad a complete meal! I need to try that sometime. 🙂 So glad your whole family is enjoying it, including the teenage boys!

  • D January 26, 2016, 7:54 pm

    I have just found your site…and am loving so many of your recipes…thanks for sharing!

  • Thearla Kozy January 25, 2017, 2:43 am

    OMG!!! This salad is amazing! I’ve been eating on it for the past two days and I can’t wait to eat the last portion tomorrow. The dressing will definately be one of my regulars. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Julia January 30, 2017, 11:57 pm

      Thearla, so glad to hear you’re enjoying this salad! And kudos to you for eating such healthy food for two days!!!!! 🙂

  • Carolyn July 26, 2017, 8:42 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight!! So easy and soooo good!!!

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