Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans, Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

05.28.2017

A delicious and easy Strawberry Spinach Salad made with candied pecans, feta and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. This salad has so much flavor and is great for a summer lunch or dinner side salad.

A close up of a Strawberry Spinach Salad in a glass bowl topped with a balsamic vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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.

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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 in a glass bowl with a balsamic dressing

How To Keep You Strawberries Fresh

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.

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).

Step by step photos of how to keep strawberries fresh

*Results may vary depending upon produce and use.

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 above.

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!

A close up of a Strawberry Spinach Salad drizzled with balsamic

So What’s In This Strawberry Spinach Salad?

  • Salad – strawberries, spinach, red onion, feta
  • For the candied pecans – pecans, brown sugar, butter
  • For the dressing – balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, dijon

An overhead shot of a Strawberry Spinach Salad on a plate with chopped pecans

Tips and Variations

  • Try using different berries such as blueberries.
  • Apples and pears are a great option instead of strawberries.
  • If you don’t have pecans you could try walnuts or cashews.
  • Don’t have feta? Try a crumbly goats cheese instead.

A Strawberry Spinach Salad in a bowl with a fork

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

4.84 from 6 votes

A delicious and easy strawberry spinach salad with layers of exciting flavor! It's perfect for a summer lunch with chicken or serve as dinner side salad.

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.

 

63 comments

  • Bobbi Driskill: Could I use white balsamic vinegar? September 13, 2018 at 11:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I like the dark here because I’ve found it actually has more flavor and more tang, it’s not quite as sweet. Maybe without the candying the pecans and if your strawberries a little tart. September 13, 2018 at 2:50pm Reply

  • Sharon Huson: WOW I need these containers-i use-alot of Rubbermaid products,,,I’ve tried diff directions on Google keep my produce fresh ugggg but I’m on diet cholestrol.free & low-sodium so I try eat lot of fresh veggies but makes it impossible if I have to keep throwing them away,,, I am on oxygen 24-7 so not easy get to stores-to replace & had a stroke because of diet so HELP August 24, 2018 at 7:10am Reply

  • Reba Shorts: I would love to try the Fresh Works Produce Saver by Rubbermaid. It’s very frustrating to buy fresh fruit, bring it home and have it going bad after just a few days. Please sign me up. July 13, 2018 at 8:16am Reply

  • Cheryl Robinson: I made this salad for a potluck and it was a big hit! I was asked for the recipe over and over. When I went to copy it for folks, I noticed that I was supposed to reduce the vinegar, and I did not!! So, even with that mistake, it was a winner. June 29, 2018 at 6:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for commenting! June 29, 2018 at 11:35am Reply

  • debi jimenez: I made it my family loved it as well as the company we had over they wanted recipe so i gave it to them but told them where i got it ,thanx will be making a lot. June 17, 2018 at 7:20pm Reply

  • Carol Burdett: I am making this salad tonight. Looks awesome! I would love the Rubbermaid containers. I try to eat healthy by including fresh fruits and veggies into my diet. I always have to trow away some produce every week because I can’t use it up before it goes bad. So the waste goes to my compost pile instead. June 14, 2018 at 8:44am Reply

  • Maureen Guffanti: Looks beautiful and the pix of the berries were an impressive contrast. May 26, 2018 at 11:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Maureen! May 29, 2018 at 11:36am Reply

  • Lou: Looks like a great recipe! I’m going to try this for lunch today. Thank your for posting and for the review of the Rubbermaid Fresh Works Produce Savers. They look like something I can definitely use. April 29, 2018 at 12:49pm Reply

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