Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad

My Favourite Salads

Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad myfavouritepastime.com_2222Strawberries are an enigma to me. They always look beautiful and have that characteristic aroma, but you can never tell what they’ll taste like. This is what wiki says about strawberries: “The fruit is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness” I agree about everything except “the sweetness” How can I tell a sour strawberry from a sweet one by looking? Please, if you have the formula, I’d be glad to have it. Yesterday I bought some deep red and juicy looking strawberries but they were so sour, I’ve no words to describe them.

Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad myfavouritepastime.com_2233I’ve just been reading yahoo answers and someone suggested: “If you want a sweet tasting strawberry buy small organically grown strawberries, but be careful though, many farmers markets say they are organic when they are not” Guess what the second person said? “Grow your own strawberries”. I am not starting a strawberry farm soon, but luckily the day I made this salad, the strawberries were very sweet and juicy. I hope you’ll like the salad. I did.

  • Dressing ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint or I teaspoon dried mint, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons honey 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad myfavouritepastime.com_2822To make salad dressing: mix all salad ingredients in a jar and shake thoroughly or blend the ingredients with a whisk in a bowl.

Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad myfavouritepastime.com_2824Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature for ingredients to meld.

  • Salad Ingredients
  • 200g (½Ib) fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup sliced, fresh strawberries
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds or toasted nuts to top
  • 50-100g Feta cheese cubed or crumbled to top

Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad myfavouritepastime.com_2851Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start

Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad myfavouritepastime.com_2217Mix spinach, strawberries and onions in a large bowl and sprinkle dressing over the salad. Toss gently to combine. Top with cubed or crumbled Feta cheese and pumpkin seeds.

Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad myfavouritepastime.com_2232It tasted so good. I loved it!!!!

Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Serves: 4-6

Dressing Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint or I teaspoon dried mint, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons honey 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Salad Ingredients

  • 200g (½Ib) fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup sliced, fresh strawberries
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds or toasted nuts to top
  • 50-100g Feta cheese cubed or crumbled to top

Instructions:

  1. To make salad dressing: mix all salad ingredients in a jar and shake thoroughly or blend the ingredients with a whisk in a bowl. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature for ingredients to meld.
  2. Mix spinach, strawberries and onions in a large bowl and sprinkle dressing over the salad. Toss gently to combine. Top with cubed or crumbled Feta cheese and pumpkin seeds.
  3. Tastes so good. I loved it!!!!

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33 thoughts on “Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad

  1. This looks beautiful. I’m fortunate in that a pick your own basket strawberry farm is less than an hour’s drive from my home, so I’m always looking for yummy things to do with the wonderful berries.

  2. It sounds refreshing. I’ve never had strawberries in a salad that wasn’t a fruit salad though. 🙂
    My preference for strawberries are the chocolate coated varieties. I never seem to go wrong with those. 🙂 Have a lovely friday and weekend ahead.

    1. Chocolate coated is great too. `I think you can add strawberry to anything you deem fit for your palate. My Friday was great and I’m sure the weekend will be too’Enjoy yours!
      Liz

  3. Well, I’ve already got the Feta !! This salad looks so summery and refreshing. About strawberries… I’m often so disappointed in fruit of any kind….(in the grocery stores) because they’re often picked green and never really ripen to that ‘juice running down your neck’ juiciness. Cure for that…. get my but to a farmers’ market !!

    1. Hi there Cecile
      Thanks for the tip. Sometimes they sell some really sweet ones, but other times, terrible. I hope you enjoy the salad. Have a lovely weekend!
      Liz

  4. I do grow my own strawberries, in pots, but that doesn’t mean they are always sweet. Usually, if the strawberries are on the sour side, I marinate them in sugar and lemon juice or sugar and orange juice.

  5. Oh my! Who would have thought to put these together? Not me! How exciting to discover a new salad recipe! Where do you get these wonderful ideas and recipes from Liz? This could become a favorite too, I like all the ingredients. Well, off to my bed. As I age I find it harder to be on my feet for 5 hours at a time! Take care, and I’m sure enjoying your surprise recipes!

    1. Hi Sandy,
      The salad was really nice. A great way to eat spinach. I hope the weekend is okay for you. Weather a bit hot here but not too bad. Enjoy Sunday!
      liz

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