This easy strawberry salad is insanely delicious with fresh strawberries avocado, goat cheese, pecans and a creamy balsamic vinaigrette. This post is sponsored by Kroger.
Have you noticed that I’m 100% back on the salad train? I tend to go through phases when it comes to salads, but spring and summer always have me craving more fresh produce and… salads!
This strawberry salad is a staple recipe in my opinion. Need a salad to bring to a potluck? This will be a crowd pleaser. Need a salad-for-dinner recipe that satisfies your sweet tooth and is packed with nutrients? This is your recipe.
Ingredients in Strawberry Salad
baby spinach – the perfect mild green to use as the base of this salad. Of course you can switch it up and do another baby green like arugula or kale.
strawberries – The star of the show here. I love the burst of flavor and sweetness fresh strawberries bring to this recipe!
avocado – adds healthy fats and a delicious creaminess to the salad.
goat cheese – a savory yet tangy flavor to compliment the others. Feel free to purchase goat cheese crumbles or a log of goat cheese that you crumble yourself. Either option works. If you’re not a goat cheese fan you can always swap in feta or your favorite cheese.
pecans – add more healthy fats and a necessary crunch factor to the salad. You can keep this raw or toast them for extra flavor.
creamy balsamic vinaigrette – this amazing dressing ties the salad together. It’s made with Greek yogurt for a creamy take on the classic.
Change it Up!
One of the reasons I love this salad is how customizable it is! Here are some suggestions for variations and substitutions:
To make this dairy-free and vegan, simply skip the goat cheese (or use a vegan option) and use this balsamic dressing, which is dairy-free.
Swap the nuts for seeds – if you have a nut allergy or if you just prefer seeds you can swap the pecans for sunflower seeds or pepitas.
Kroger = Freshness
Obviously when you walk into the grocery store the first thing you see is produce, but do you ever think about the journey produce has to take to get to the store?
Let’s take strawberries for example since they’re the star of this recipe! I purchased them at my local Kroger (through online pickup) and when I opened the container at home to enjoy them, the berries were perfectly ripe, sweet and juicy.
This is because Kroger is committed to freshness! The strawberry package is filled right in the farmer’s field and shipped on the same day. They are transported in a special truck (to make sure the berries don’t bruise!) and are driven by a team of drivers that aren’t making any unnecessary stops. Pretty cool, huh?
Next time you’re in Kroger or do grocery delivery, take a second to appreciate all of the fresh foods that are available. We’re grateful for every step of the process that makes fresh food available to us!
Prepping Strawberry Salad Ahead of Time
This salad is super simple to throw together, but you can also prep it in advance! Here’s what I recommend:
Add spinach to a large container with an airtight lid.
Slice strawberries and add to spinach.
Crumble goat cheese and add to spinach.
Toast nuts and/or chop and add to spinach mixture.
When you’re ready to serve, slice avocado, add to the salad and mix in the dressing.
You want to make sure you mix in the dressing as close to serving as possible. If you don’t plan to eat the full salad, only add dressing to the portion you plan to eat and store the rest in the fridge.
What to Serve with Strawberry Salad
Like I said, this is a great recipe to bring to a potluck or to serve as a meal. Here are some recipes that would be delicious with it: