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Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad {Vegan + Whole30}

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad {Vegan + Whole30}

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)

whole30 strawberry avocado spinach salad recipe

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.

healthy strawberry avocado salad with pistachios and basil

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!

strawberry balsamic vinaigrette
vegan strawberry avocado salad recipe

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad {Vegan + Whole30}

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Bursting with the sweet and tangy flavors of freshly-picked strawberries, this strawberry avocado spinach salad with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette is a delightful accompaniment to any meal.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

To Make the Strawberry Salad:

  1. 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:

  1. 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

Nutrition information provided by Nutritionix.

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.

plating strawberry salad for kids

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

Other healthy and delicious salads you will enjoy:

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Gabby

Thursday 10th of May 2018

That salad screams summer! I love strawberries. I've never tried with basil, but that sounds like an intriguing combination!

Meredith

Friday 11th of May 2018

Thanks Gabby! Strawberry and basil is one of my favorite summer-time combinations (infused water with these two is AMAZING too!). I hope you enjoy the salad!

Cathy

Tuesday 8th of May 2018

What a beautiful salad! I'm looking forward to strawberry season reaching Canada!

Meredith

Friday 11th of May 2018

Thank you Cathy! I will surely miss strawberries once our season is over!

Leslie

Tuesday 8th of May 2018

Gosh, I wish we were in strawberry season here! There is something amazing about the combination of pistachios and strawberries, right?!

Meredith

Friday 11th of May 2018

Thanks Leslie! Yes, strawberries and pistachios are lovely together... (though, to be honest, I think there are few foods that wouldn't go well with strawberries!)

Yvonne

Tuesday 8th of May 2018

I would have never thought to pair avocado with strawberries, but this salad is making my mouth water.

Meredith

Friday 11th of May 2018

Thanks Yvonne! The avocados add such a nice creamy-ness to the salad (and healthy fats too!)

Carol Little R.H. @studiobotanica

Tuesday 8th of May 2018

Love this combination of strawberries and avocados. Will pin to make when strawberries are in season.. coming soon!! Such a beautiful bowl of goodness!