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Spinach-Strawberry Salad

Spinach-Strawberry Salad
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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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Not your usual spinach salad, but a winning combination of strawberries and spinach tossed with a crunchy sweet-sour poppy-seed dressing.

This goes over big, even with those who aren't usually tossed-salad fans. It's bright and pretty, too -- perfect for a quick lunch or supper, or for a small party.

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Spinach Strawberry Salad
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  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) fresh spinach
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced thin


In a blender, combine the sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, oil, and vinegar. Blend well. If the dressing seems thick, add a few drops of water.

Remove the stems from the spinach and tear the leaves into bite-size pieces. Arrange them on individual salad plates or in a salad bowl. Arrange the strawberries on top. Drizzle the dressing over the strawberries and serve.
Updated Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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9 Responses to Spinach-Strawberry Salad

  1. February 14, 2003 at 10:29 am #

    I’ve used this for several picnics and “goodie” days at work. It’s terrific with raspberry vinagrette too and blue cheese crumbles.

  2. tina Long July 28, 2003 at 9:02 pm #

    This recipe is absolutely wonderful! My teenagers wouldn’t touch spinach before this!

  3. Anonymous May 24, 2005 at 2:27 pm #

    This recipe is made as often as possible with fresh strawberries in season here at Bon Appetit – Whitman College. It is one of the best I have come across and I would highly recommend it. Erica Peters-Grende, Walla Walla, WA

  4. Anonymous July 4, 2005 at 12:32 pm #

    Fantastic salad!! Also I substituted olive oil for the salad oil and it was just as good.

  5. Anonymous June 26, 2006 at 9:28 pm #

    My son asked for seconds! I used olive oil as well and then balsamic vinegar instead of cider with Splenda instead of sugar. It was really yummy!

  6. Anonymous April 22, 2007 at 7:40 pm #

    I took this to a church potluck dinner and had many requests for the recipe. They ate all of it!!!

  7. Anonymous May 20, 2008 at 7:43 pm #

    This salad is also great if you substitute the strawberries with fresh clementines or a can of mandarine oranges (drained), and leave out the poppy seeds and sesame seeds from the dressing, but sprinkle toasted almond slices on top. Yummmmy!

  8. Anonymous July 15, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Great summer salad. I had to give my copy to our guests. I did use extra virgin olive oil because it was all I had. Next time I might try baby spinach for the smaller leaves. We all loved it — even the 17-year-old young man at our table.

  9. Anonymous June 26, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    I didn’t have the sesame & poppy seeds on hand or the spinach, but wanted to try it so used fresh chard leaves stripped of the stems. Even without the 2 seeds the dressing was great. The salad went over well and I will try it again following the recipe.

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