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Spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds

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It’s hard to say good bye to the Summer, and I still have some strawberries left in the refrigerator. Couldn’t think of any better way to use them than to throw them into this simple spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds.

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Spinach and strawberries pair perfectly with a sweet balsamic vinegar dressing, made with only 3 ingredients: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. Simplicity at its best!

Spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


Spinach salad with strawberries and toasted almonds


    Salad dressing:
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt, to taste (optional)
  • Salad:
  • one package (10 oz) fresh spinach (about 10 cups of torn leaves)
  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries (cleaned and hulled)
  • 1/4 cup almonds, slivered and toasted


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the dressing ingredients, and whisk together until emulsified. Add salt to taste, if desired. 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 almonds. Add the dressing to the salad and toss. Do not add all of the dressing at once - add just enough to coat. Sprinkle toasted sliced almonds on top of the salad or on top of each serving. NOTE: I like to add toasted sliced almonds AFTER the dressing is mixed in because it prevents toasted almonds from getting soggy.



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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Monique September 3, 2014, 4:42 pm

    This is such a different dressing than mine..it is worth a try:)
    Easy peasy pretty and I am sure delicious.
    I am addicted to your quinoa spinach mushroom:)
    We eat it so much..! Warm..and then I eat the leftovers cold:)

  • ahu @ ahueats September 3, 2014, 7:39 pm

    You know, I used to be totally anti-fruit in my salad… but I’ve been coming around in the last year. I can’t imagine this wouldn’t be delicious!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy September 3, 2014, 8:08 pm

    Looks good!

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef September 4, 2014, 1:36 pm

    pretty pretty! i’m saying good riddance to summer though. i am sick of hot weather! haha 🙂

  • Shashi @ runninsrilankan September 4, 2014, 2:12 pm

    I am so not ready for summer to end! I love simple salads like this – so full of color and texture!

  • Alessandra // the foodie teen September 4, 2014, 4:22 pm

    Love the strawberries in the salad!

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