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Plate of strawberry spinach salad with tomato balsamic dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Tomato-Balsamic Dressing

Fresh and full of flavor! This simple Strawberry Spinach Salad is paired with a delicious tomato-balsamic dressing.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:15 mins
Total Time:15 mins
CourseSalad
CuisineGluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings5 side salads

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. fresh baby spinach (or a spinach/baby greens mix)
  • 8 oz. fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced (or green onion for milder flavor)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds + sunflower seeds (optional)

For the tomato-balsamic dressing:

  • 2 medium roma tomatoes
  • 1 medium shallot (1/3 cup chopped)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (or up to 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 tsp. Dijon mustard (I like 2)
  • 2 Tbsp. water (or olive oil*)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (more/less to taste)

Instructions

  • Make the dressing: Roughly chop tomato. Dice shallot, and mince garlic. Place in a blender with all remaining dressing ingredients. Blend until smooth.* Taste and adjust flavors if needed. (More balsamic, salt, etc.)
  • In a large bowl, toss spinach/salad greens with about 1/2 cup dressing (more or less to taste). This gives it a nice coating.
  • Slice strawberries and thinly slice red onion.
  • Place dressed greens on a plate and top with strawberries, red onion, seeds, and another drizzle of dressing if desired.

Notes

*Texture: For a smoother, creamier dressing consistency, use 1-3 Tbsp. olive oil in place of the water. (Slowly add it in at the end while blending.) We prefer ours without oil, but both ways work great.
Yield: Recipe makes about 2 cups dressing. (You'll have leftover dressing, so cut in half if desired.) Dressing can be sealed and refrigerated for 3-4 days.
Adapted from "Marshall Field's Cookbook".

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 52 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Potassium: 349 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 7 g | Vitamin A: 2872 IU | Vitamin C: 40 mg | Calcium: 50 mg | Iron: 1 mg