vegan strawberry avocado salad recipe

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad {Vegan + Whole30}

Meredith 9:03 am

Strawberry season is finally here and my kitchen is filled with freshly-picked strawberries.  We are *happily* enjoying juicy, ripe strawberries with almost every meal.  Lunch and dinner are no exception!  This strawberry avocado spinach salad with strawberry balsamic vinaigrette is a delicious, healthy salad everyone in your family will love.

whole30 strawberry avocado spinach salad recipe

Healthy Strawberry Avocado Spinach 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

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vegan strawberry avocado salad recipe
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad {Vegan + Whole30}
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

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.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy salad recipe, how to make an avocado rose, paleo, vegan, whole30
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 266 kcal
Ingredients
Salad Ingredients:
  • 4 cups baby spinach * (about 6-oz)
  • 2 cups strawberries * (hulled and sliced)
  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup basil (cut into thin strips, chiffonade)
  • 1/2 cup pistachios (shelled, roasted, and lightly salted)
  • 1/2 cup Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • 1 cup strawberries * (hulled)
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vineger
  • 1 clove garlic
Instructions
To Make the Strawberry Salad:
  1. Toss all salad ingredients together with strawberry balsamic dressing in a medium size salad bowl.  If you would like to make avocado roses, as pictured, follow these instructions

To Make Strawberry Vinaigrette:
  1. Combine strawberries, oil, vinegar, and whole garlic clove in a blender.  Blend until dressing is uniform and creamy, about 1 minute

Even children like this Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

My two boys will happily eat this strawberry avocado spinach salad (without the dressing).  However, I do serve their salads deconstructed where the ingredients are separated.  Research conducted at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab has shown that children have different preferences than adults for how food is served.  And when children like how food is presented, they are more likely to eat and enjoy it.  Read full article on plating food for kids: why deconstructed meals work.

plating strawberry salad for kids

Nutrition information (per serving, 4 servings):

  • 266 calories
  • 0 g added sugar
  • 6.9 g fiber
  • 5.7 g protein
  • 21 g fat

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24 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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