Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Strawberry Spinach Salad W/Raspberry Vinaigrette


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Strawberry Spinach Salad W/Raspberry Vinaigrette

A delicious spring salad made with fresh spinach, strawberries, dried cranberries, toasted almonds and blended with a Raspberry Vinaigrette. 
The other day on face book I was complaining about the high price of strawberries ($3.88 for a 16 oz pkg). I know when spring rolls around that the price of these red beauties are high, but I guess I always seem to forget.

Well I'm happy to say that when I went grocery shopping yesterday the strawberry prices have finally dropped. I picked up two 16 oz packages for $1.88 each, so that's more like it. I usually get my strawberries at Sam's Club, but we now live near Costco so I will have to check into their prices.

When I start seeing strawberries popping up the first recipes I think of are, Strawberry PieMy Mom's Strawberry Cake, and the Neely's Strawberry Shortcut Cake. But another tasty strawberry recipe that I want to share with you today is for a yummy Strawberry Spinach Salad. 

Strawberries, cranberries, toasted almonds, and a tangy raspberry vinaigrette make this refreshing spinach salad so yummy. It has the perfect mix of sweet and tart. Eat this salad alone or pair along with some grilled chicken or steak. I found this recipe back when my oldest son was in Boy Scouts. 

We attended a Boy Scout Potluck and this pretty salad was gracing one of the dinner tables. At first glance I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but after my first bite I was hooked. It was at that moment that I walked all over the room asking who made this yummy salad? It took me a awhile, but I finally found the person and they were nice enough to share this recipe with me.

I think what I love most about this salad is the pretty red and green colors. If you're not a big fan of cranberries. I think dried cherries would be a nice substitute.


This salad is a snap to toss together because it utilizes bottled Raspberry Vinaigrette. My husband isn't a big fan of this salad, but that's OK it just leaves more for me. I think next time I might try sprinkling some goat or feta cheese on top.


Enjoy



Strawberry Spinach Salad W/Raspberry Vinaigrette

1 – 16 oz package (bag) fresh spinach or a spinach salad blend
1 - pint fresh strawberries, halved (I use between a pint and half of a 16 oz pkg)
3/4 - cup dried cranberries
1 - 2 oz package sliced almonds, toasted
1 – 1/2 cup bottled Raspberry Vinaigrette (your favorite brand)
1/2 - cup goat or feta cheese, crumbled, optional

  1. Toast the almonds and set aside. Place the spinach in large salad bowl . 
  2. Add the cranberries and arrange the strawberries on top. 
  3. Toss dressing with the salad just before serving. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and crumbled feta or goat cheese
Servings: 6


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19 comments:

Mandy said... #

Yum! The pictures are so delicious with the bright red and green. I too would add goat cheese or maybe a crumbled blue. Great post!

Aggie said... #

What a beautiful salad Tina!! I love strawberry season.

Susan Sunde said... #

The salad is so pretty! I'm going to try it tonight. Red grapes would be a good alternative to the cranberries, too.

Ott, A. said... #

That looks so tasty and healthy at the same time. Bonus!!! so looking forward to fresh strawberries from the garden.

Maris (In Good Taste) said... #

Those strawberries look incredible. The salad is delicious looking!

Angie said... #

What a gorgeous salad. And the flavors all go excellent together. A couple days ago I was eating out, and I am trying to stay away from the creamy salad dressings. When I asked the waitress if they had a vinaigrette dressing she said, "Yes, raspberry." I turned up my nose and made a squishy face and said, "Okay, I'll try it." I found out that I love raspberry vinaigrette....The name just never appealed to me.

Amy @ A Little Nosh said... #

I'm not a fan of raspberry vinaigrette, but I make a similar salad with balsamic vinaigrette and it's my new favorite. Yum!

Farida said... #

That salad look so fresh, great your pics.

farida
http://pregnancymomy.blogspot.com

Susan said... #

I just love your "Home Sweet Home" pitcher! Do you remember where you picked it up?

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Hi Susan That is my home sweet home measuring cup set from Gooseberry Patch. I don't think they sell them anymore. If memory severs me correctly I think it is strickly cookbooks now. :(

Kitchen Belleicious said... #

I love this dressing! Perfect for a light summer salad! So glad I found your blog! Would love for you to join my recipe challenge this month if you are interested! Xo
Jessica
www.kitchenbelleicious.com

Holly said... #

Tina I LOVE Strawberry salads!! Yours looks wonderful! : )

Sandra said... #

We do this salad at home too, but we do equal parts raspberry vinaigrette and poppy seed dressing, and add candied walnuts to the top - I think I know what I want for lunch!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said... #

Very pretty! I gave you an award back at my blog!

ann@Apples and Twinkies said... #

I love that salad. I've had it with a different dressing, but yours looks wonderful. I'll have to try that. I'm glad it's starting to be strawberry season!

Cheap kitchens said... #

This is now my favourite chicken recipe! It is so simple to make, & is absolutely appetizing!!! Make definite you prepare one time as much, because you won't be able to cease eating it!

Lisa said... #

I have made this salad, using poppyseed dressing and we love it. However, I will definitely need to try with raspberry vinaigrette.

Anonymous said... #

I have made this salad for many potlucks at church. I have added many different items. In the winter I change the strawberries for mandarin oranges. Blueberries are also a great change. I tend to use sunflower seeds (I like the roasted). Have fun and experiment with different nuts, fruits and other add ins.

Anonymous said... #

I makes this salad, but I use a Spring mix, add walnuts and feta cheese, and use a creamy poppy seed dressing. Sprinkle a touch of fresh ground black pepper, and its incredible!