Strawberry season is finally here! This strawberry avocado spinach salad with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette is a delicious salad everyone in your family will love. Plus, this healthy salad is loaded with anti-inflammatory ingredients! (Read more on what foods help reduce chronic inflammation)
Healthy Strawberry Salad with Basil and Pistachios
Healthy and delicious salads are easy to make. You just need good, fresh ingredients and a combination of flavors and textures. This sweet and creamy strawberry-centered salad can be pulled together in just a few minutes. And because this strawberry spinach salad is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and Whole30 compliant, it can be enjoyed by almost anyone.
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad Recipe
I like salads with a combination of sweet, salty and tangy flavors with creamy and crunchy textures. And this strawberry avocado spinach salad has them all! Sweet, ripe strawberries. Salty, crunchy roasted pistachios. Creamy avocado. Fresh baby spinach and basil. All combined in a sweet and tangy strawberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Yum!
- 4 cups baby spinach, about 6-oz*
- 2.5 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced*
- 1 avocado, sliced)
- 1/2 cup basil, cut into thin strips, chiffonade
- 1/2 cup pistachios, roasted and lightly salted
- 1/4 cup avocado oil, or other healthy oil like olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
To Make the Strawberry Salad:
- Combine spinach, 2 cups strawberries, avocado, basil and pistachios together in a medium size bowl. Top with strawberry balsamic dressing, toss and enjoy
To Make Strawberry Vinaigrette:
- Combine 1/2 cup strawberries, oil, vinegar, and whole garlic clove in a blender. Blend until dressing is uniform and creamy, about 1 minute
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g
This Strawberry Spinach Salad is Kid Friendly!
My two boys happily eat this strawberry avocado spinach salad, without the dressing. However, I do serve their salads deconstructed where the ingredients are separated.
According to research from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, children have different food serving preferences than adults. And when children like how food is presented, they are more likely to eat and enjoy it. Read the full article on plating food for kids: why deconstructed meals work.
Why this Strawberry Spinach Salad is a Healthy Choice:
- Strawberries are a great source of antioxidants
- Fresh basil contains eugenol, an anti-inflammatory oil
- Spinach and other dark leafy greens contain the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and K
- The healthy fats in the salad dressing, pistachios, and avocado help enhance absorption of fat-soluble vitamins in the salad
- Pureed strawberries sweeten the dressing instead of added sugar
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