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Strawberry Spinach Salad

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This strawberry spinach salad is a light and refreshing side dish that can be served for a picnic, barbecue or brunch. You can also add cooked chicken or shrimp for a full meal.

A bowl of strawberry spinach salad with crumbled feta, red onion slices and bacon pieces.

Strawberry Spinach Salad Overview

In this recipe, fresh spinach is combined with strawberries, red onion, and crunchy bacon. It’s tossed with a homemade maple balsamic dressing and sprinkled with feta cheese.

Fresh strawberries add the perfect sweetness, while red onion and feta add the savory zing. And with just 5 ingredients (plus a few more for the dressing), you really can’t go wrong!

Recipe ingredients including a container of baby spinach, sliced strawberries, sliced red onion, balsamic vinegar, crumbled bacon, crumbled feta, olive oil, and maple syrup.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 5 cups baby spinach
  • 1 pint sliced strawberries – about 2 cups worth
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta – or goat cheese
  • ½ cup crumbled cooked bacon

Salad Dressing:

Four images together, First two of salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Second two of chopped strawberries, onion, bacon and feta over spinach, first unmixed then mixed together.

How To Make Strawberry Spinach Salad

Full ingredients and instructions are also in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

STEP 1: Combine the salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl: ¼ cup olive oil, 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp dijon mustard, ¼ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp ground black pepper.

STEP 2: Add 5 cups baby spinach, 1 pint sliced strawberries, 1 cup thinly sliced red onion, ¾ cup crumbled feta and ½ cup cooked crumbled bacon to a serving bowl.

Salad dressing drizzled overtop of strawberry spinach salad.

STEP 3: Drizzle the maple balsamic dressing over top of the salad and gently toss everything together until evenly coated. Serve immediately.

Close up of colorful strawberry spinach salad with sliced onion, crumbled feta and bacon.

Recipe Tips

  • For maximum freshness wait to add the dressing until just before you plan to serve. The dressing can be prepped and stored in a mason jar in advance, and the salad can be prepped without dressing and stored covered in the fridge. This salad tastes best when served fresh.
  • You can use store-bought crumbled bacon or make your own. Cook the bacon in a frying pan until crispy. Blot with paper towel and then crumble.

Can I Store Leftovers?

This salad doesn’t store well. I recommend eating it all immediately, once the dressing has been tossed with the salad ingredients. The spinach and strawberries will begin to wilt and soften over time.

Sliced strawberries, spinach, feta and bacon in a salad.

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A big bowl of strawberry spinach salad topped with feta and crumbled bacon

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 pint strawberries - 2 cups sliced
  • 5 cups spinach
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta - or goat cheese
  • ½ cup crumbled cooked bacon

Salad Dressing:


  • Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl: olive oil, honey, lemon juice, vinegar, and dijon mustard.
  • Add spinach, strawberries, red onion, feta and croutons to a serving bowl. Drizzle the salad dressing on top and toss everything together.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

For maximum freshness wait to add the dressing until just before you plan to serve. The dressing can be prepped and stored in a mason jar in advance, and the salad can be prepped without dressing and stored covered in the fridge. This salad tastes best when served fresh.
Optional Additions/Variations
  • Substitute the breadcrumbs with 1 cup of chopped walnuts for a different crunch. Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds would also work.
  • Use blackberries, blueberries or raspberries along with the strawberries for even more sweetness.
  • Substitute honey for maple syrup. You can also use apple cider vinegar in replacement for food-grade vinegar.
  • Add chopped celery, carrots, sprouts, and sliced radishes.
  • Use mixed greens or arugula spinach blend for the salad base.
  • Replace feta with freshly grated parmesan.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2435IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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