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Strawberry Spinach Salad

This Strawberry Spinach Salad is made with fresh greens, creamy avocado, sweet strawberries, toasted pecans, cooked chicken and fresh herbs. It's the perfect healthy low carb & paleo lunch or light dinner.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, easy low carb dinner, healthy salad, keto, paleo, salad, spinach, spinach salad, strawberry, strawberry spinach salad, whole30
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 319 kcal
Author Kelly


For the Salad:

  • 5-6 medium strawberries , washed and dried
  • 4-5 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onions
  • 3 green onions , whites and light green parts sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil or mint finely chopped
  • 1 small avocado , sliced or diced
  • 2 tbsp toasted pecans or walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons slivered or sliced toasted almonds

Optional add-ins:

  • 1 Persian cucumber , chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cooked protein of choice , shredded chicken, turky or crumbled tofu
  • 1/2 tablespoon crumbled vegan feta or vegan cheese of choice , for serving

Dressing - 2 Options

1st Option - Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 4 medium strawberries
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut vinegar (or champagne vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup or preferred sticky liquid sweetener. Omit for Whole30 or use half a pitted date.
  • Sea salt & black pepper , to taste

2nd Option - Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1/4 cup full fat unsweetened chilled canned coconut milk (the top creamy part) OR coconut cream (can also sub with dairy-free plain yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar OR balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried mustard or 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • add sweetener of your choice to taste , leave out for Whole30 and swap the lemon juice with orange juice instead.


Make the dressing:

For the strawberry vinaigrette:

  1. Add the vinaigrette ingredients to a small blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Taste and add additional sweetener if you prefer more sweetness. 

    Top view of blended strawberry dressing in a blendet

For the poppy seed dressing:

  1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a bowl or a jar and mix to combine.

  2. In a large salad bowl, add the spinach. Prepare the strawberries by removing the tops and slice thinly.

    Cut the red onions and green onions into thin slices and add to the bowl.

    When ready to serve, pour half of the dressing over the salad and gently toss until combined. Add the sliced avocado and sprinkle with pecans, toasted almonds and crumbled feta, if using. Add any optional add-ins.

    Drizzle with reserved dressing or serve more on the side. 

    Serve immediately with more nuts and crumbled vegan feta, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 319 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.