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  • Spinach salad

Fresh strawberries are tossed with baby spinach leaves, feta cheese and toasted walnuts in this quick and easy salad perfect for a summer picnic.

5 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • 180g walnuts pieces
  • 350g strawberries, quartered
  • 300g iceberg lettuce, sliced
  • 150g baby spinach leaves
  • 120g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:20min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Spread walnuts on a baking tray.
  2. Toast in preheated oven until walnuts start to turn golden brown and become fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool, about 5 minutes.
  3. Toss toasted walnuts, strawberries, iceberg lettuce, baby spinach, feta cheese, red onion and black pepper together in a large bowl.

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by Deb C

A deliciously refreshing salad for the hot summer days. I used a 50/50 salad mix which worked out perfectly. We loved it. I would suggest a fruity style dressing to compliment the salad.-15 Jul 2016

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing (Melting Pot Copycat)

Strawberry spinach salad is this salad hater's favorite salad! Delicious and classic with juicy strawberries, creamy feta cheese, and crunchy candied nuts with a bright lemon poppyseed dressing!

Oh my Lord, I'm sure my military friends are cracking up at me right now. I know my parents are laughing. My husband looked at me sideways when I said I wanted to make this recipe.

Back in RTC Great Lakes, I refused to eat salad. I was 18, and I was traumatized! I had tried a salad once at a restaurant before being shipped off to boot camp and. Ugh, it was not pleasant.

I'm a meat and potatoes type of girl for me, greens are cooked. usually with lemon, butter, garlic, as a side dish.

I went out on a whim when Brian took me to the Melting Pot for our 7th wedding anniversary in December. We love going there for date night, there's just something about fondue dates and sort of playing with your food that's just so fun.

Anywhoo, so part of the meal is the salad course, and I usually skip it but I saw the strawberry spinach salad was in season and went for it. I mean, I like spinach, I like strawberries, and the candied pecans? Yes, please!

Since it's a seasonal (and even regional) salad at The Melting Pot, I knew that I needed to have a strawberry spinach salad recipe in my pocket for every day eating. It's such a simple and easy salad to make, with different textures and flavors from the firm and juicy strawberries, to the creamy and salty feta, and those sweet and crunchy candied nuts and the zing of that lemon poppyseed dressing. just yummy!

What's in a strawberry spinach salad?

Well, besides strawberries and fresh spinach, I added crumbly feta cheese (which, if you've never tried it, you need to!) and candied walnuts. I made the candied walnuts the same way I make stovetop candied pecans, so it was fast and easy to just whip up for salads.

Then I drizzle on a delicious citronette dressing. What's a citronette? It's a version of vinaigrette that is made with citrus -in this case, lemons- instead of vinegar.

I keep my strawberry spinach salad simple but here are some great ingredients to add to yours:

Slices of Red Onion.

Grilled Chicken is an absolutely perfect addition!

Toasted Almonds, Pecans, or Walnuts, instead of candied nuts.

Goat Cheese, in lieu of feta. It's just as delicious!

Fresh Raspberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries.

Blue Cheese Crumbles

Clementine, Mandarin, or Orange segments

Raspberry or balsamic vinaigrette

How to make a citronette for lemon poppyseed dressing

Simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl or mason jar with a lid. Whisk (or shake in the jar) until the lemon juice, oil, and ingredients are well combined and emulsified.

How to make a strawberry spinach salad

  1. Candy your pecans/walnuts/nut of choice. Let them cool while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. Wash your greens. Seriously.
  3. Slice the strawberries.
  4. Mix your lemon poppyseed dressing.
  5. Toss all your salad ingredients together, drizzle on that citronette, and enjoy!

Can I make Strawberry Spinach Salad ahead of time?

Yes! Make everything ahead of time, but keep the lemon poppyseed dressing in a separate container with a lid from the strawberry spinach salad.

When I served this to my family with dinner everyone loved it, even my five-year-old, Greyson. He loves strawberries and cheese (and the word 'candied') so he gobbled up this salad like it was his favorite meal. Luckily he still loves spinach. for now.

Check out some more amazing summer recipes!



So I can make fresh and cheerful recipes like this Spinach Strawberry Walnut Salad.

  • full of fresh strawberries and healthy baby spinach
  • with sprinklings of chopped walnuts, feta cheese and red onions
  • all doused in a delicious homemade honey mustard salad dressing

This is the stuff that’s keeping me going until we get to a point in this season where the weather stops being so hateful all the time. And it’s not just me.

It’s like this new rule has made this part of the year a lot brighter and happier for our entire family.

My husband is less grumpy because he doesn’t have to eat a shaved fennel and apple salad for the umpteenth time (even though it’s delicious!).

My kids fight less because maybe they can feel that the weather is soon going to be good enough for them to spend all day in the backyard? At least they’re fighting less and have big smiles on their faces whenever they see me pulling berries out of the fridge.

This is not my ideal situation but I decided my mental health was going to be important to me this winter, and since it’s usually 8 weeks, tops, I’m going to be OK with this pact of mine.

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I love spinach salads! I made a red, white and blue one that had blueberries, strawberries and feta with Brianna’s Strawberry Vinaigrette. I think that dressing would go great with this salad too. I like your idea of spicing up the walnuts since I’m a fan of adding them to salads but usually just toast them and call it good. Your 4th of July sounds like fun!

Great idea! Your salad sounds delicious and festive. Hope you had a great 4th, Heather!

I adore the combination of spinach, fruit, cheese, and candied nuts… this salad looks amazing!

sounds like u had a great 4th of july celebration! what a delicious salad! it’s hard to get organic strawbs or spinach around where i live…mb i should grow them on my balcony!

I’ve yet to try strawberries in a salad and guess what I think your recipe will be the one to try.
I can really see myself tucking into it and enjoying every mouthful, thanks so much for sharing.

That looks beautiful! I love strawberries over a spinach salad but those walnuts sound amazing. Yum :)

What a beautiful salad! We have such great strawberries right now so I’m going to have to try this. I love your website!

This looks devine. Strawberries are one of my favourite berries and low in sugar too as a bonus. And the walnuts. A meal packed full of nutrition. Great for lunch

that salad looks fabulous. i love the mix of sweet, savory and spicy! and your pictures are beautiful!


This looks fantastic… beautiful recipe!

I made a similar salad – which I found to be delicious. Basically, used mixed greens and added candied pecans, sliced strawberries and feta cheese. Then i topped it off with an organic raspberry dressing. I’m not a big fan of fruit on my salad but I approve this salad combo.

I make a new salad each week for lunch and eat it the entire week, this is the salad I’m eating this week. Just made the walnuts and my house smells fantastic!! I had to stop myself from nibbling on them so as to actually have some to put on the salad.

I can’t resist those sweet and spicy nuts, either! So good. Glad you like the salad. :)

Delicious salad! I’ve added toasted walnuts to salad before, but these definitely take it up a notch. Thank you!

Just made your spiced walnuts and added them to our salad. They are so easy to make and taste delicious. Not sure if the remaining will last the night.

Wonderful! Thank you, Kathy for your review.

Just made this and it was excellent! I was disappointed to not see spinach, goat cheese, strawberries or dressing listed in the ingredients to know how much to have per serving though.

Hooray! I’m glad you loved it. I’m sorry, Kristin, that you were disappointed. This was an older recipe where I was still working on my formatting. Thanks for the feedback!

The recipe for Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts ONLY has the recipe for the walnuts, not for the salad! I’m giving it 5 stars for the fabulous walnuts, but need the salad recipe.

You don’t have a dressing or how much spinach or strawberries. Help

The recipe only has ingredients and directions for the walnuts. Nothing about the spinach salad or dressing. Help!

The recipe covers the walnuts but nothing about the spinach and strawberry part of the salad.

Hi Lindsay, I apologize. This is a very old recipe. Looks like something happened and I need to revisit.

Put vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper in a bottle and shake well to combine.

Toss spinach with nuts, feta and fruit. Give dressing another shake and drizzle over individual servings.

Approximate cost/serving: By getting nuts and dried fruit in bulk (on sale) I saved quite a bit of money. The salad came out to just $3.50 (including dressing) so about 58 cents a serving.

Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Yes to both. To make it vegan you can skip the feta.

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7 thoughts on &ldquoSpinach Walnut and Feta Salad&rdquo

You know, I’m a salad fiend, too. I love the stuff. Especially in the late Winter…IDK…maybe it’s my body telling me she’s ready for Spring! :-p The simpler the salad, the better. And I love your creation. Looks healthful and flavorful. Awesome.

I just discovered your blog (and beautiful photos) through foodgawker. I look forward to reading your posts. They look great!
I love raw spinach and am always looking for new ways to use it. This looks – and sounds – wonderful. I’ve already clipped it and can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

Really excellent! I tried bringing the dressing to a boil and simmering it for a few minutes, then pouring it over the salad and mixing to wilt the spinach slightly. Very good too. Thanks!

If you are making this for someone who has Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance DO NOT use bulk bin food items. They are almost always cross contaminated and will make the person sick (found out the hard way)

Great point Cindy. Our local health food store has a gluten free bulk bin section in a special sealed off room, but even with that I wonder how controlled it actually is.

Made this the other night to go with grilled chicken. I didn’t have walnuts so substituted a macadamia/cashew blend I had. Also swapped balsamic for apple cider vinegar. As for the dried fruit…I just threw a handful of each of cranberries and sultanas. As this was made for the entire family I left the feta and dressing out. Those that wanted it put it on themselves. My 13yo daughter even made mention “This is a great yummy salad mum” and she had included the feta and dressing. Thank you. Definitely will be making this one again (am a huge fan of spinach)

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Here's the ingredients needed to make this super delicious salad:

Spinach: Use fresh spinach leaves- the pre-bagged spinach that is sold at the store works great! Cut off any long stems on the spinach if desired. Do not cut the spinach leaves, however. This will allow the salad to last longer.

Strawberries: This salad works best with strawberries that are slightly ripe, however not overly soft and mushy. Remove stems from strawberries and slice length wise.

Purple Onion: Use a purple onion, as it is sweeter in flavor than other colors of onions. To make peeling the onion easier, soak the onion in luke-warm water for about 5 minutes. Remove from water and peel the skin should come right off.

Feta Cheese: Feta cheese provides a rich and slightly salty flavor. Use low fat or fat free feta cheese if wishing to make this salad a little bit lower in calories or fat.

Chopped Walnuts: Walnuts can be purchased already chopped, or you can purchase whole walnuts and chop yourself by using a knife. Pecans can also be substituted in place of walnuts.

Recipe: Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Feta & Walnuts

Step 1
Whisk oil, vinegar, shallot, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes to allow shallots to soften and mellow a bit.

Step 2
Add spinach, strawberries, feta, and walnuts to the bowl and toss to coat with the dressing.

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1/2 cup feta cheese
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1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

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3/4 tablespoon kosher salt
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Hey there. I love your site. I find myself constantly coming over here, even just to look if not research for my own upcoming garden.

I have a question for you about spinach. Are you loyal to a certain type? Do you grow full or baby?

I’ve just planted mine a week ago. We also love spinach in smoothies and salads.

Oh yum, I love spinach salads, my favourite is roasted pumpkin, red onion, feta and walnuts, with this I make an orange, dijon mustard dressing. I have had your salad before and I think it would come in a close second.

I harvested our first spinach last weekend and made a strawberry, candied nut, and manchego salad. So exciting! Any combo of fruit, cheese, and nut in a salad is by far one of my favorite things.

So funny, one of my favorite salads is ALSO spinach, dried cranberries, walnuts, and feta! The only difference is I sometimes add a few very thin (like, mandolin thin) slices of red onion, and the dressing I use is Litehouse Foods pomegranate blueberry dressing, just a drizzle, and toss it.

(On a side note, another favorite salad dressing is Virginia brand vidalia onion vinegarette on romaine with shredded purple cabbage, shredded carrots, halved cherry tomatoes, and bacon crumbles…I also toss this one. Favorite #3 in no particular order is Newman’s Own olive oil and vinegar dressing over iceberg/romaine with sliced olives and halved cherry tomatoes. Mmmm. Aaaand favorite #4 is “Italian salad,” which is any fresh veggies-carrots, celery, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, green onion, red onion, cucumber, etc.-chopped into small pieces, sliced olives, and sometimes some turkey pepperonis, quartered, sea salt and black pepper all tossed in a mix of half regular Italian, half creamy Italian dressings, just enough to wet it. Salad number 5…wedge salad with iceberg lettuce, halved cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese, cucumber slices, salt and pepper, and homemade ranch dressing…oh man, I love salads…)

I love this salad and also add thin slices of red onion. Another variation that I like in spring is sliced strawberries, lightly toasted slivered almonds (2-5 min. @ 400 degrees until golden), thinly sliced red onion, crumbled chevre goat cheese and baby spinach. Dressing-1 part maple syrup, 1 part olive or canola oil, 2 parts red wine vinegar. Just picked my first spinach yesterday for last night’s salad. Yum!

How many servings does it make- always put that in!

4, 6, 8 ? It would depend on how big of a salad you wanted to serve or if you wanted it as a main dish or a simple side salad.

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