Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad

This is the perfect summer salad. It’s sweet and savory, cool and refreshing, and loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.



I love salads, especially in the summer. A salad is the perfect quick and easy meal and usually does not involve turning on the oven or stove.


This salad is great because it has a lot of delicious sweet fruit that helps to temper the tartness of the dressing. The crunch from the pumpkin and poppy seeds adds additional texture and flavor.


I modified this recipe from naturallyzuzu.com.


Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette


1 bag organic spinach

1/2 cup sliced organic strawberries

3/4 cup organic blueberries

1 cup watermelon cut in small cubes

1/2 avocado cut in any shape (circles was easiest for me!)

1/2 cup green organic grapes washed and sliced in half

1 kiwi sliced

1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

3 tbsp hemp seeds


Arrange the salad in a bowl and make the dressing.


Dressing

8 medium organic strawberries

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp poppy seeds

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper


Blend everything in the blender until smooth. Pour dressing over salad just before serving.


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