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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

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad {Vegan + Whole30}

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: 402 Total Fat: 35g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 29g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 106mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 8g Protein: 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: peach basil spinach saladpear pecan spinach salad

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Anti-inflammatory salad with strawberries, basil, spinach, avocado, and pistachios

25 Comments

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

    • 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!

  2. What a beautiful salad! I’m looking forward to strawberry season reaching Canada!

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

    • 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!)

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

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

  6. I love to add something sweet to a savory salad…the combo is always a winning one!! I definitely want to try this!

  7. Yum yum, I love combining avocado and strawberries! Sometimes I do that on toast, but this salad is way more pretty!

  8. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    This is so pretty!!! I love those beautiful avocados, I’ve never been able to figure out how to do that. I bet they’re so lovely paired with the strawberries. It sounds like a delicious salad.

  9. I see you found another teriffic way to use up all the strawberries you’ve been picking! This salad looks fantastic and so pretty! I espcially love the dressing. We’re a few weeks behind you for strawberry picking but I’ll be making this soon!

    • Thank you Mona! I have been dreaming about this salad… And then we went strawberry picking this past weekend and came home with way too many berries! (A good problem to have to be sure). I hope you enjoy your strawberries when they arrive!!!

  10. Yummy and beautiful! Those avocado roses are amazing!

  11. This looks so yummy and refreshing! That dressing also sounds perfect for the summer.

  12. What a beautiful salad! I love the strawberry spinach combo. 🙂

  13. Your avocados and strawberries are so pretty, and what a yummy vinaigrette!

    • Thanks Megan – I love how intensely red and sweet strawberries are when they are in season! The vinaigrette is my new favorite… it is so sweet and tangy.

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