Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans, Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

05.28.2017

You know how I love my spinach salads, especially when there’s an abundance of fresh summer strawberries involved! And especially when it is National Salad Month! And better yet, in this salad there’s also a rich balsamic vinaigrette, salty, tangy feta and crunchy, sweet candied pecans involved as well. In other words this is one of the best summer salads! It just has the perfect blend of flavors and textures going on and is a perfect way to celebrate National Salad Month. I was loving every last bite and of course I was heading back for more.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

For these strawberries, I used Rubbermaid FreshWorks™ Produce Saver to extend their freshness. This product has brought me some new found sanity! I hate when I buy fresh produce and it goes bad before I have a chance to use it. And I’ve tried so many different things in attempts to extend the life of my fruit and greens but none of it has ever worked. And these really do! So far I’m out to day 7 from the day I purchased the strawberries (I’m writing this the day after pictures were taken and of course they are still looking great).

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These Fresh Works Produce Savers use patented FreshVent™ technology that keeps produce fresher up to 80% longer than traditional produce packaging. Yes, really 80%! (*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks™ containers vs. store packaging. Results may vary depending upon produce and use.) I took some before and after shots of strawberries in the Produce Saver vs. not and I cannot believe the difference! Check them out below. I used a bunch of the strawberries here but I’m feeling confident the remaining strawberries will continue to stay fresh even longer! Simply remove the produce from the store packaging and place it, unwashed, in the Produce Saver and voilà – fresh fruit and leafy greens for days!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

4.8 from 5 votes

A strawberry spinach salad made with tangy feta cheese and sweet candied pecans, easy and delicious!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad with strawberries
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 404 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Candied pecans

  • 3/4 cup broken or roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter

Salad

  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries , hulled and sliced
  • 5 oz . feta cheese , crumbled
  • 1/3 small red onion , thinly sliced

Instructions

For the vinaigrette:

  1. Add vinegar to a small saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat and allow to boil until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Pour into a jar or bowl, add olive oil, dijon mustard, honey and whisk to blend while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Thin with a little water if desired. Set aside.

For the pecans:

  1. Add pecans, brown sugar and butter to a small non-stick skillet and cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly until sugar starts to melt and caramelize, about 2 - 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate in a single layer to cool.

For the salad:

  1. In a salad bowl toss together spinach, strawberries, half of the feta, red onion and pecans. Drizzle about 1/3 of the dressing over salad then plate and drizzle remaining dressing over individual portions and top with remaining half of the feta. Serve immediately.
  2. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 345mg 14%
Potassium 482mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 14g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 91.4%
Vitamin C 70.7%
Calcium 19.3%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid, however all thoughts and opinions are mine.

 

60 comments

  • Betty Sievert: Prolonging fruit and veggies is vital in a one person family like me. I hate to throw stuff out, so sometimes I just don’t buy fruit and veggies. I would like to try these products. May 29, 2017 at 7:31am Reply

  • Ashley Gregory: The salad looks awesome. I’ve been wanting to try the Rubbermaid containers. Glad to hear you liked them. May 29, 2017 at 7:17am Reply

  • HayleyDawnBlogs: Looks so bright and summery! May 29, 2017 at 7:13am Reply

  • Deb: This salad looks so delicious and refreshing! And, it’s healthy! Yes! Just perfect for this time of the year! I’ve not seen the Rubbermaid Fresh Works containers and they would be just perfect in getting the most life out of fresh produce! Thanks for the recipe and offering the giveaway! :) May 29, 2017 at 7:01am Reply

  • Deborah Richards: This salad looks great, will get everything to make this salad this week. May 29, 2017 at 7:00am Reply

  • Darlene Shively: I must try these. am so tired of throwing food away that has gone bad after a few days. they would help saving on my food bil. May 29, 2017 at 6:08am Reply

  • Terrilyn Hayward: This salad looks amazing! I love using homemade salad dressings instead of store bought so I’m really excited to try the balsamic vinaigrette. May 29, 2017 at 5:53am Reply

  • Annette: Thanks for this wonderful contest. I purchase strawberries weekly and this would be nice to keep them fresher a lot longer and stop having to throw so many away. Thank You and Rubbermaid. May 29, 2017 at 4:24am Reply

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