Strawberry Spinach Salad

Local Utah Blog: Is This Really My Life?

Written by Becky


When I think of springtime recipes I think of salads: pasta salads, Caesar salads, fruit salads, dessert salads—even the occasional Jell-O salad. (This is Utah after all!) One of my newest favorites is a green salad with spinach leaves, spring mix greens, sugar-glazed walnuts, sliced strawberries, feta cheese, red onion (if I’m feeling a little crazy) and a delicious homemade poppy seed dressing. Once you try this salad there’s a pretty good chance it will become your newest favorite too.

Note: Except for the dressing, I don’t have specific quantities for each item. It’s more of a “to taste” recipe. Love strawberries? Add more. Hate strawberries? Try raspberries and blackberries instead. Not a fan of feta? Leave it out. As for the dressing, that’s not optional. That combined with the walnuts is what makes this salad.

Strawberry & Walnut Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Salad:
Spinach leaves
Spring mix
Strawberries, thinly sliced
Sugar-glazed walnuts (recipe below)
Feta cheese
1/4 cup diced red onion (optional)

Walnuts:
2 cups walnut halves
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

For walnuts, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a 1-quart microwave-safe bowl, combine walnuts, sugar and water. Cook in microwave on high for about 8 minutes or until sugar has caramelized. Stir several times while cooking. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and separate into pieces. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely. (Store extra walnuts in an airtight container.)

For salad, place all salad ingredients in a large serving bowl. Toss with dressing just before serving.

Dressing:
1/2 cup Heinz Gourmet Salad Vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard powder
3/4-inch slice of a red or yellow onion, minced super fine
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 T poppy seeds
3/4 cup organic sugar
1 cup vegetable oil

Place vinegar, mustard powder, sea salt, poppy seeds, sugar and oil in a blender and process until smooth. Warning: This poppy seed dressing is addictive. You may find yourself putting it over every salad and even licking it from your fingers.

For more recipes (and a bit of humor), visit isthisREALLYmylife.com. You won’t want to miss my first attempt at cake pops, which I will be posting very soon… ~Emily

Comments (13)

  1. Thanks so much for the feature! Wish I had a better picture of the salad but it was for a baby shower and the day was a crazy one. I can't wait to make this again!

  2. this sounds wonderful! and since it is on one of my fave blogs and a recipe from one of my other fave utah bloggers – you made Queen Bee Picks of the Week :) – Hope all is well!

  3. My husband kept telling me about this great spinach and glazed walnut salad at a restaurant he frequently visited (close to his work). I tried to make it at home before, didn’t turn out great. I tried this recipe and it was big hit…I didn’t glaze the walnuts at home though nor did I add feta cheese but the dressing was so awesome he finished all of it and said that it was even better than the one he loved from that restaurant…Thanks for the amazing recipe.

    • Amy, I’m so glad you enjoyed this salad!! It was actually created by my friend Emily from the blog ‘Is This Really My Life?’. If you haven’t checked out her blog you should!! Cheers!

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