Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe with Poppy Seed Dressing is an easy, fresh salad with perfect deliciously sweet homemade dressing done in just 10 minutes. Customize your salad with chicken for a full meal!
Bring on the Summer Salads!
Nothing says spring and summer like fresh strawberries in your salad and this 10 minute salad with homemade dressing feels like a delicious pre-dinner appetizer at your favorite restaurant.
Serve this refreshing salad up for lunch or double it up for a summer picnic side dish.
Poppy Seed Dressing
Before you get started on this recipe, you will need the following ingredients. Then scroll down for Strawberry Spinach Salad measurements and instructions on creating this recipe – including a full recipe card that you can print for free that helps you shop and create easily in your kitchen
Start with making your homemade dressing.
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds ( a small, 1 ounce jar of sesame seeds is enough for 2 Tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced onion
Spinach with Strawberries Salad
Once dressing is ready and waiting, begin salad assembling.
There are extra options for your simple salad to boost it with other ingredients or turn into a main below by scrolling to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Fresh spinach
- Fresh strawberries
- Sliced almonds
- Parmesan cheese
- (optional) baked chicken
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How to Make Poppy Seed Dressing
Mix sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and onion together in a bowl.
Let set for 10 minutes.
Assembling Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad
Add spinach, cut up strawberries, almonds and fresh shredded Parmesan cheese to a large serving bowl.
Mix dressing well and add to salad mix.
Serve spinach strawberry salad immediately.
Strawberry Salad Variations like Panera Bread
This strawberry spinach salad has a deliciously sweet taste between the strawberries and the homemade poppy seed dressing reminding me so much of the Panera salad.
And of course the actual salad can really be varied and altered in so many ways for your own personal tastes.
Try adding some of the following ingredients to your salad if you like!
- Goat Cheese
- A spritz of lemon
- Blue Cheese
- Mandarin Oranges
- Shredded Chicken