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Spinach and Strawberry Summer Salad

by | Jun 28, 2020 | Blog, Recipes

Spinach and Strawberry Summer Salad

While hunting around for a simple spinach and strawberry summer salad, I couldn’t find all the flavors I was craving in one recipe. In the kitchen, I try to keep things easy and delicious. Using whole foods as the base of my nutrition, I look for a lot of whole30 recipes that include simple, real food. Influenced by summer fruit, this salad is flavorful. My kids even ate it without having to deconstruct it too much (they wanted the onions picked out). Okay, no problem.

Ingredients for the Spinach and Strawberry Summer Salad

Recipes with long drawn out stories about the history of strawberries annoy me, so I’ll keep this short because ain’t nobody got time for that. Make this salad vegan by omitting the cheese and bacon and it will still taste dreamy!

  • 16 ounces of organic spinach
  • 1.5 pounds of organic strawberries- stems removed and sliced
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon broken to small pieces
  • 1/4 – 1/2 of a red onion diced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled cheese (feta, goat, or blue cheese)
  • 1/2 cup of toasted pecans
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup of balsamic vinaigrette

Directions

1. In a frying pan, place the pecans on medium heat for 3-5 minutes stirring as they toast.

2. After the pecans are toasted, cook the bacon to a crisp and chop into small pieces.

3. Combine spinach, bacon, and onions together in a bowl.

4. Layer in strawberries.

5. Toss the salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

6. Top the mixed salad with crumbled cheese and toasted pecans.

Pair with the Spinach and Strawberry Summer Salad

When meal planning around this crowd favorite, consider if it will be the main dish. When I prepared this salad, I paired it with bone-in, barbecue chicken roasted in the oven. On the other side of the plate, I added organic corn and freshly sliced watermelon. This salad was not only flavorful, but our plate was full of color from fresh, healthy food. Eat simply. Eat to nourish your body.

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