Red Berry & Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

04.28.2015

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?

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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!

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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

5 from 2 votes

A beautiful berry spinach salad that's packed with fresh flavor and finished with the most irresistible, pretty in pink, strawberry poppy seed dressing.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spinach Salad, Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 7
Author: Jaclyn

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

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:
  2. 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.
  3. For the salad:
  4. In a large salad bowl, toss together spinach, pecans, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, avocados and feta cheese. Plate and top with dressing.
  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Strawberry Raspberry Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing | Cooking Classy

19 comments

  • Dinesh: Very good August 21, 2018 at 12:53pm Reply

  • Kim: This delicious summer salad is a big hit every time I make it! June 24, 2018 at 8:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for commenting! June 29, 2018 at 11:45am Reply

  • hillary: This is the most AMAZING salad I’ve ever had. I’m not kidding…the flavors, like just wow. I left out raspberries because I didn’t have them, and I subbed almonds for the pecans because that’s what I had on hand. I was worried about missing the pecans, but WOW this salad was MORE than delicious! January 17, 2018 at 5:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear you loved it Hillary! January 23, 2018 at 2:01pm Reply

  • Zahra: I tried this salad yesterday and it was so yummy! Everyone was asking about the recipe.

    Cooking classy has difinetly become my favourite website. June 14, 2016 at 6:19am 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

  • 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

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