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Strawberry, quinoa, spinach & cashew salad

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Strawberry, quinoa, spinach and cashew salad with a homemade honey-mustard balsamic vinegar dressing. It’s a delicious Summer salad, made with healthy, clean, whole food ingredients!

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This salad is vegetarian, gluten free, grain free, and dairy free! If you remove quinoa, it becomes paleo-friendly, too – a perfect lunch, dinner or snack for devoted cross-fitters. 🙂

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Strawberry, quinoa, spinach, & cashew salad

The dressing is homemade, very basic and so delicious! Feel free to add more honey if you like your salad dressing on the sweeter side!

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach, & cashew salad

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Add the dressing to the salad only when you’re ready to serve it, otherwise the salad will wilt really fast. Enjoy this lovely salad!

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach, & cashew salad

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach & cashew salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Strawberry, quinoa, spinach & cashew salad


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • Salad:
  • one package (10 oz) fresh spinach, chopped (about 10 cups of torn leaves)
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries (cleaned and hulled)
  • 1 and 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup peaches, finely chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cashews


  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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{ 18 comments… add one }
  • ahu July 28, 2014, 6:59 am

    Wow – not only does this look super healthy but colorful and delicious!

  • Shashi @ runninsrilankan July 28, 2014, 11:25 am

    Julia – your salads have the most amazing flavors and textures! Another beauty of a salad!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy July 28, 2014, 8:06 pm

    This looks like an awesome salad!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes July 29, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Oh my goodness – this is a beautiful salad!! Love it!

  • Tash July 31, 2014, 6:48 am

    I must admit, I am a little late to the quinoa bandwagon, but I made a warm salad with roasted veggies and peas and quinoa last night and it was very delicious. Next time I have some strawberries, I might give this one a go and do a proper cold salad! 🙂

  • suzanne Perazzini August 11, 2014, 6:51 am

    That is one fresh, pretty and healthy salad! Love all the colours.

  • Kim January 1, 2015, 2:27 pm

    Just made this salad for lunch. Used pears instead of peaches b/c of the season. It was delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Condoleeza March 31, 2015, 9:33 pm

    Do you think this would be okay with mixed spring greens instead of spinach?

    • BevAnn April 12, 2016, 9:07 pm

      I used spinach and a blend of spring mix – just for variety.. Soooooo gooood

  • Lindsay July 5, 2015, 11:51 am

    Do you use salted or unsalted cashews?

  • BevAnn April 12, 2016, 9:06 pm

    This was so ridiculously delicious! It really tasted like spring time in your mouth. I added a few of the cashews to the salad so they would soften a bit and then topped with the remaining. I didn’t have peaches, so I used blueberries and I added chicken for protein. It’s a keeper and it’s going to my potluck on Friday!

  • Suzanne Holt August 22, 2016, 10:24 am

    Used the salad recipe, but for the dressing I used a strawberry-lime vinaigrette that I made the other day. It tasted so fresh and light! Definitely a great combination of foods.

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