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Strawberry Spinach Basil Salad

Appetizers & Snacks  |  Published on Apr 8, 2019  |  Last modified on Aug 20, 2019

spinach in a wood bowl with stawberries

Strawberry Spinach Salad: the Spring & Summer Salad you’ve been searching for! Light, refreshing, crunchy and nutrient rich!

Strawberry Spinach Basil Salad screams warmer weather. It’s Spring here in Fresno about 68 degrees today but in a month or so these temps will be screaming 90 and above!

A many of you know the Pilates studio I am working at is called BEYOND Studios – we teach reformer Pilates and needless to say – I’m HOOKED.

I love that it is low-impact, yet we make it challenging by adding in cardio components (like using the trampoline)! We call the workout PHIT – Pilates Hybrid Interval Training – have you worked out on a reformer before? If not, you should try!

Between teaching classes, I make recipes for the blog. Living the dream life!!

It’s almost 1 year since I left my stable 8-5 job and I am so thankful for this new life I have made for myself. AND ultra thankful for all of your love and support!!! Would not be here if it wasn’t for you. So a million times thank you.

As a dietitian I love being able to combine my passion for health and nutrition with teaching fitness. They go hand in hand! Since I do workout so often I am constantly thinking of creative ways to fuel my body – this salad paired with a Margarita Pizza the other night hit the spot! 

What makes this salad different from other spinach strawberry salads?

  • I use fresh basil in my salad and the dressing is the ultimate kicker.
  • The other fixings in this salad include red onions, feta cheese, and walnuts…and strawberries of course!

Tell me more about this dressing…

  • This dressing is hands down one of my favorite dressings of all time and it’s only 4 ingredients yet producers smashing results.
  • You will use either boysenberry or strawberry preserves and mix with olive oil, balsamic and Sriracha. If your preserves are a little think, you can always toss in the food processor and pulse a few times. That’s it!

This salad is…

  • Loaded with flavonoids and polyphenols (hello seasonal berries) 
  • Crunchy
  • Seasonal 
  • Easy to make
  • Refreshing 

I hope you enjoy it!! 



Strawberry Basil Salad - refreshing and perfect for Summer!

Spinach, Basil, and Strawberry Summer Salad

Simple ingredients and perfect for summer!
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Boysenberry or strawberry preserves
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha sauce or another hot sauce you prefer
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil chiffonade
  • 1 small red onion halved and sliced thinly crosswise
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries sliced
  • 4 oz. feta cheese


  • Combine vinegar, preserves, hot sauce, and olive oil in a small bowl or jar. Shake/whisk until combined and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix spinach, basil, onion, and walnuts. Drizzle dressing over lightly and toss to mix. Gently stir in strawberries and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Right before serving, top with the feta cheese.
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Strawberry Basil Salad - refreshing and perfect for Summer!


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  1. What a gorgeous salad! Perfect for healthy sprig and summer eating! That pilates workout sounds wonderful, I wonder if there is anything like that around where I live?

  2. I can’t wait to get back to pilates (post-pregnancy)! I miss it more than I even imagined. I haven’t really gotten into reformer pilates though. Still on my list! This salad, however, will be happening immediately! It looks PERFECT!!

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