Red Berry & Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

04.28.2015

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This has definitely got to be my new favorite summer salad! It is loaded with vibrant fresh flavors and I love the way all the red berries pair together. Why stop at just strawberries when you can add raspberries and cranberries too? And I went all out berry flavor on this one by finishing it off with the most amazing Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing. I could eat this dressing by the spoonful it so good! My kids kept asking when I was going to be done taking pictures so they could have a drink of my smoothie, which is a about right with this dressing :). It has just the right amount of sweetness which perfectly enhances the strawberries, and it has that perfect little crunch from those tiny little poppy seeds, and of course it’s natural color is gorgeous. Then add avocados and spinach to the mix and you’ve got one dreamy salad!

Once you try this you’ll be making it all the time! I know it will be my go to summer salad dressing.

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Red Berry & Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: About 6 - 7 servings

Red Berry & Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Ingredients

    Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup diced fresh strawberries (3.6 oz)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • Salad
  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 1 1/4 cups pecans, roughly chopped and toasted
  • 12 oz fresh strawberries, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries (optional if you don't want to add all three)
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, cored and diced (semi-firm but ripe)
  • 5 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Directions

  • For the dressing:
  • To a blender add all ingredients except poppy seeds. Process until strawberries are well pureed. Pour into a jar and stir in poppy seeds, cover and store in refrigerator.
  • For the salad:
  • In a large salad bowl, toss together spinach, pecans, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, avocados and feta cheese. Plate and top with dressing.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/04/strawberry-raspberry-cranberry-avocado-spinach-salad-with-strawberry-poppy-seed-dressing/

Strawberry Raspberry Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing | Cooking Classy

13 comments

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: That one deconstructed shot from above is to die for! Love all the flavors here and those red fruits :) April 28, 2015 at 2:57pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): This is the prettiest salad and that dressing is just gorgeous! April 28, 2015 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Emanuela: Hi Jaclyn,
    I recently found your blog. I like it a lot: the recipes, the pictures! I’m Italian and I understand exactly what you mean about good food….I started some months ago my own blog about mostly Italian recipes. I hope you would like to stop by!
    I love the colors of the salad and the fruit/vegetables mixing.
    Have a great day April 28, 2015 at 3:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re pistachio brownies and phyllo roll look delicious! I hope you’re having a lot of fun with your new(ish) blog! April 29, 2015 at 6:06pm Reply

  • Cupcake Crazy Gem: This looks all kinds of amazing! It will be my go to salad this summer for sure! Thanks so much! April 29, 2015 at 12:20am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I am a dressing freak and love when it’s so good I can pretty much drink it :) April 29, 2015 at 6:41am Reply

  • Anna: this salad looks absolutely delicious!!! can’t wait to try it at home April 29, 2015 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Lisa: Is the dressing something that could be made a day or 2 ahead of time? Or does it need to be made same day? September 13, 2015 at 6:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You should be fine to make it a day ahead. I hope you love it! October 23, 2015 at 9:22am Reply

  • Kate: About how long will the dressing stay good? December 12, 2015 at 11:09pm Reply

  • Jenny Morrow: Do you know the carb count in this salad? May 4, 2016 at 9:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have that info. May 4, 2016 at 1:49pm Reply

  • Claudia: I love a lot of recipes but I hate it when they don’t put # of servings May 12, 2016 at 9:34pm Reply

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