Spinach, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad with Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Spinach, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad with Poppyseed Vinaigrette

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I’m going to keep this brief and simple today, for you and for me. This lovely little salad comes together in just a few minutes, dressing included. provided you have your ingredients gathered. It’s a perfect summer salad with the beautiful strawberry as the star of the show and it will make you look like the superstar you are in the kitchen. Yes, you are, don’t be modest now!

There’s something about vinegar that brings out the flavor of the strawberry like nothing else and this vinaigrette is so easy! I hope it inspires you to make your own salad dressing more often. If you don’t have red wine vinegar you could substitute white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar. Balsamic vinegar is a classic pairing with strawberries but it will muddy the look of the salad so you might opt for a white balsamic if that’s what’s in your cupboard. If you do use balsamic vinegar, red or white, it will bring its own sweetness so reduce the amount of agave/honey or omit it altogether.  Let your tastebuds be your guide


Spinach, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad with Poppyseed Vinaigrette 

(serves 2 – 3)

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
salt & pepper
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 medium/large strawberries
2 – 3 cups baby spinach
2 – 4 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled

If you are serving this salad immediately, start your dressing right in the salad bowl as shown, otherwise make it in a smaller, separate bowl and toss just before serving.

Combine red wine vinegar, agave,

making vinaigrette

 a small pinch of salt, some fresh ground pepper,

making vinaigrette

 and poppy seeds and whisk together.

making poppyseed vinaigrette

Whisk in olive oil and stir briskly until well combined.

poppyseed vinagrette

Remove stems and slice strawberries.

fresh strawberries
sliced stawberries

Add to the vinaigrette along with a few handfuls of spinach. Keep in mind the spinach will wilt down a bit.

spinach and strawberry salad

Toss to coat the spinach and strawberries with vinaigrette.

tossing spinach and strawberry salad

Add  2 – 4 TB goat cheese (as much or as little as you like). Serve and enjoy this delicious and very nutritious salad!

Spinach, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad with Poppyseed Vinaigrette

A happy quote to go along with a happy dish…

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
Audrey Hepburn

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3 thoughts on “Spinach, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad with Poppyseed Vinaigrette

  1. This is what you call a 5 minute salad, and I can't resist trying but I don't like fresh strawberries as they are very sharp and over tangy on my tongue. Can you suggest another fruit that will do this salad justice please? I don't want to ruin it but just adding anything.

  2. Of course! I would substitute just about any other sweet berries you might like such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc. Cherries and ripe stone fruit like nectarines or peaches would work nicely as well. Thanks for the question!

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