Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing and Sugared Nuts

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Today is one of those “I think everyone probably has it” recipes or at least some version of it.  There is probably a reason for that – because it is so good! I have been making this Spinach Strawberry Salad for years and  the recipe originally came from my friend Laurie.  She brought it to a potluck and I knew I had to have the recipe.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

I served it last Easter  and will be serving it again this year.

I had it listed on my Easter menu a few years ago  but never got around to posting the recipe here on the blog.  Thanks to those of you who have emailed asking for it – keep me on my toes!!

I love the poppy seed dressing that is made not only with poppy seeds but sesame seeds as well.  It is one of those staples that I keep in my refrigerator.

Poppy Seed Dressing

The addition of some sliced strawberries, red onion and sugared almonds dress it up and make it look oh so pretty.

The salad is light, fresh and lots of great flavor.Strawberry Spinach Salad

In case you have never sugared nuts I have a little tutorial for you.  I use either slivered or sliced almonds, both work great.

Combine a 1/2 cup of nuts along with 1/4 cup of sugar in a small frying pan.

Sugared Nuts

Turn the heat onto medium and stir.  It will take a few minutes for anything to happen.  First it will look like this….

Sugared Nuts

The sugar will begin to clump up around the nuts.

And then before you know it the sugar will have totally melted and the nuts will be coated and brown.  Be careful because it can go from nothing to burned pretty fast.  Be sure and stir continuously.

Sugared Nuts

I spread the nuts out onto a slightly greased plate for them to cool and dry.  You will need to break them apart a bit before adding them to the salad.

They add the perfect crunch and sweetness to any salad.

Here’s another salad that is ALWAYS on our Easter table – Grandma’s Favorite Jello!

Sweet and Sour Salad is another good one.

What kind of salad will you be having for Easter dinner?

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Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing and Sugared Nuts
  • Salad:
  • Baby Spinach
  • Red onion, chopped (as much as you like)
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Sugared Nuts (1/2 C nuts to ¼ sugar)
  • Poppy Seed Dressing
Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • ½ canola oil
  • ¼ C apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1½ tsp dried minced onion
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  1. Salad:
  2. Combine spinach and dressing and top with strawberries, nuts and red onion.
Poppy Seed Dressing:
  1. Mix together ingredients well and pour over spinach
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Jeni says

    I am DEFINITELY one of those people looking for your spinach strawberry salad recipe! I had it years ago and a few months ago was looking on your website for it. Now it is here! YAY! I LOVE this salad!

  2. says

    I love this salad! I sometimes use raspberries instead of strawberries, but they only work when they’re fresh (you don’t want a drippy red salad).
    I love the combination of the sweet (berries) with the bitter (spinach), and then the acid (dressing)… Yum! I ate supper already, but now I’m craving this salad!

  3. kelly says

    thanks for reminding me of this, i love this salad! i think i’ll be making it for easter, do you have more recipes coming?

  4. says

    I wish I would have taken a picture of this salad on Easter Sunday because it was so pretty & it was most definitely YUMMY! Everyone at the table enjoyed it. Thx for the recipe!

  5. Emmasaunt says

    Haha! I thought I invented the spinach strawberry salad! Maybe it’s a west coast thing? Here in New Hampshire, everyone is amazed! I always add blanched sugar snaps and use a shallot vineagrette dressing. Your poppy seed dressing sounds amazing though and I will make it next time I have the salad (tomorrow!).

    I just found your blog (via Gordon Gossip). I’m browsing your archives and loving everything!

  6. Gretchen says

    I made this for my best friend on Saturday, it was SOOOO good! The sugared almonds were so easy and so amazing. I happened to have blue cheese and fresh blueberries in the fridge and added those too! Thank you for your great recipes.

  7. Laurel says

    You mentioned that your friend Laurie took this to a potluck. Does the spinach get soggy with the dressing left on for awhile? I would love to serve this at a Grad Party this weekend, but am concerned about soggy salad.

    I’d love some thoughts/tips on this.


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