An easy but really fancy looking and tasting salad that the family must try. It’s an Easy Spinach Strawberry Walnut Salad that’s perfect for family dinners and gatherings.
Normally, we wouldn’t think much about making salads when preparing meals. Occasionally we would but if you have a family with picky little eaters, it can be a real pain to convince them to even take a bite let alone finish healthy low carb vegetables!
But if there are a few things that would get them to eat their vegetables, it would be cheese and favorite low carb fruits like berries. But a good explanation why veggies (particularly spinach for this recipe) are very beneficial to their bodies never hurts.
Spinach has always had a bad reputation with most children. It’s right up there with broccoli and cauliflower.
However, the spinach benefits are numerous. It contains important vitamins like vitamin A and K, dietary fiber, calcium and protein among others.
Yes, it can taste bitter, but luckily in this recipe for easy spinach strawberry walnut salad, there are so many things that help make the veggies more palatable.
Spinach Strawberry Walnut Salad Ingredients
For this healthy salad you’ll need some goat cheese, spinach, spring mix, strawberries, and walnuts. Red onions are optional. But they give some added color.
The low carb dressing is a simple mix of olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper.
How to prepare this delicious Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts
Place spring mix, spinach, red onions, strawberries, and goat cheese in a large bowl. (photos 1-4)
Then, in a small bowl, mix together olive oil, the juice of one lemon, salt, and pepper. (photo 5)
Pour the lemon dressing over the salad and toss to coat. (photo 6) Serve and enjoy!
This spinach strawberry walnut salad is proof that you don’t need to spend so much time making something healthy and delicious! You can throw this together in no time and you’ll feel like a wiz in the kitchen!
Why it Works
Sweet and juicy strawberries give a burst of fresh flavor that tames the bitterness of spinach. Plus, they’re an added incentive for your kids to amp up their greens!
Roughly chopped walnuts lend a crunchy and nutty texture and flavor that melds well with the other ingredients. And the fresh spinach leaves will help boost your family’s immune system as well as aid in skin and health care.
Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Walnuts Recipe Variations
You can experiment with this salad and use other dressings (homemade or store-bought) like Raspberry or Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, or even strawberry Greek yogurt.
You don’t have to limit yourself to goat cheese. Try some crumbled gorgonzola or feta cheese to fit your fancy!
Want to make this easy spinach strawberry walnut salad extra healthy? Why not add some slices of avocado to it?
Serve this salad as a bed for some grilled chicken, fish or shrimp and turn it into a complete meal!
Another way to make this into a meal is to toss in some pasta noodles like penne. It will definitely add another dimension of taste and texture to the salad.
You can give the salad more boosts of color by adding some sliced apples, blueberries or grapes. You’ll have a beautiful garden on your plate!
This easy spinach strawberry walnut salad is a feast for the eyes! The plump, red strawberries will surely be the first thing to catch your family’s attention. It’ll help entice them to have a taste of the salad and hopefully like it!
If the kids aren’t fond of greens, make a game of it to act like rabbits who love to eat plant leaves. Or try adding in some extra fruit to sweeten up the flavor. However, you may have to bribe them with a healthy dessert like paleo brownies.
Always make sure that the ingredients you use are the best ones you can find. Check that the strawberries you purchase from your local grocery store does not have any bad parts so you know you can make the most of each strawberry.
It’s best to purchase only organic produce. This is especially important for those that are listed on the Dirty Dozen list which are those items with the most pesticides.
Easy Spinach Strawberry Walnut Salad Recipe
Spinach Strawberry Walnut Salad
An easy but really fancy looking and tasting salad that the family must try with spinach, strawberry and walnuts. It’s perfect for family dinners and gatherings.
- 5 ounces Goat Cheese
- 5 ounces Spinach
- 5 ounces Spring Mix
- 2 cups Strawberries sliced
- 1/2 medium Red Onion sliced
- 1/4 cup Walnuts for garnish (in place of croutons)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Lemon Juice of 1 Lemon
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Place spring mix, spinach, red onions, strawberries, and goat cheese in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together olive oil, the juice of one lemon, salt, and pepper.
Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
Use the best ingredients you can find. Check that the strawberries don't have any bad parts so you can make the most of each strawberry.
It's best to purchase only organic produce.