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Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad in Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad in Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Right now the markets are filled with fresh strawberries and raspberries and that made me think about one my favourite ways to enjoy them together, in this strawberry and avocado spinach salad with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. You might think that it is a bit odd combining strawberries in the salad and raspberries in the dressing but they work beautifully well together especially in a baby spinach salad with cool and creamy avocado, salty bacon and tangy blue cheese! Individually all of the ingredients in this salad are pretty amazing but combined they take things to a whole new level! This strawberry and avocado spinach salad in raspberry balsamic vinaigrette is so easy to throw together and it makes for a tasty treat of a light meal on hot summer days!

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad in Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
This salad has been a favourite of mine for years and I am still making it many times every summer!

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad in Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
The original photo from five years ago:

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad in Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad in Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

A fresh summer strawberry and baby spinach salad with avocado and bacon in a raspberry vinaigrette that just screams summer!


Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 (5 ounce) package baby spinach
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup raspberry white balsamic vinaigrette
Directions
  1. Assemble salad, toss in dressing and enjoy!

Option: Goat cheese or feta also work well in place of the blue cheese.
Option: I like to throw in some fresh peas when available in spring.

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71 comments:

Lisa said...

It's a beautiful salad! Great blog. I stop by everyday. Thanks!

Helene said...

This looks like the perfect combination. Yummy.

Christie @ fig & cherry said...

I love your addition of peas in this salad, yum! They would be really good with the strawberries and bacon.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Kevin...

This looks amazing!!!

I have an award waiting for you on my blog!!!

hugs
Diana

VeggieGirl said...

Once again, you've created a gorgeous dish with some of my all-time favorite ingredients - yum!!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

These look good! Very healthy with so much greens and fruits!

Elra said...

Kevin,
Avocado+strawberry+spinach sans bacon=superfood

Avo+strawberry+spinach+bacon= mine

I must confess that bacon is my weakness!

HoneyB said...

Someday I'm going to come knocking on your door with fork in hand ready to eat. I think there isn't a day go by that you don't have something creative, beautiful, and delicious sounding on your blog!

Lisa said...

Honestly, a cookbook with your strawberry recipes could be a best seller, easily, as could a collection of mushroom ideas from your kitchen.

Ben said...

WOW look at those colors. they scream EAT ME. I AM DELICIOUS. THat is one great salad. This might be my favorite recipe from your blog so far :)

Paula said...

Avocados and spinach are good separately, and amazing together! Lovely salad!

Corinne said...

Ooh those colors are gorgeous! The flavors look like they worked so well together. Mmm gotta get my hands on some fresh strawberries and avocados now!

Robin Sue said...

Thanks for visiting my blog tonight. You have some really nice looking salads on your blog. I remember eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches as a kid, too bad I didn't think to add the honey. Will do that for my kids for sure. This salad looks amazing!

maybelles parents said...

this is exactly a salad they used to serve for special events when i was at school, but they used poppy seed dressing. (though this looks even better.)

Cathy C said...

What a great summer salad - love it

Cheers
Cathy
www.wheresmydamnanswer.com

cakebrain said...

What a pretty salad!

homecooked said...

This salad looks fresh and delicious! The dressing seems perfect and loved the addition of fresh peas.

PaniniKathy said...

How absolutely fresh and lovely! You always have the most wonderful dishes on your blog!! :-)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Better than restaurant looking! I love how colored it is!

amandalouden said...

that looks beautiful. I love the colors. YUM

Andreea said...

this looks really good. i would have never thouhgt of combining avocados and strawberries. guess i'll have to give them a try :)

Maya said...

I big plate of this for dinner would be just lovely.

Dhanggit said...

strawberry, avocado and spinach..why i didnt thought about this, great flavors together!

OhioMom said...

What a gorgeous salad, that dressing sounds good too. I often throw strawberries and nuts into salads, I like red onion with them too.

When I visit your blog I wish I had a fork :)

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Wow, you're on quite the strawberry kick these days. This salad looks utterly gorgeous and contains many of my favourite ingredients...:)

Adam said...

Kev, you should start a salad book. The way you incorporate ingredients is endless. The strawberries have to be sooo refreshing.

Parker said...

I love this combination for a salad....the bacon adds so much flavor.

Peter M said...

That salad, my friend is a meal...nice combo.

Lori Lynn said...

A riot of color on a plate! Gorgeous!

BMK said...

What a beautiful burst of color on plate. I sure wish I was having that for lunch today!

Gloria said...

Kevin ,this look amazing, never try before strawberries with avocado but look sooo good!!! xGloria

katiez said...

I'll pass on the peanut butter/banana sanny's... But this looks wonderful! I'm more of a salad person, anyway...

Mansi Desai said...

oh, that looks divine kevin! what a gorgeous mix of ingredients for salad!

you know what, I'd love to have you submit either this salad, or the delicious banana-pb-sandwich below for my healthy cooking blog event!

Dragon said...

I love strawberry season.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Strawberries make such a great addition to a salad, it's so summery! Yours looks perfect!

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow. This salad involves all the ingredients I dream about! And it looks sooo pretty too :)

LOVE your blog!

giz said...

Healthy and colourful and bet it tastes good too.

Jude said...

Wow you're really cranking out the strawberry recipes... Lots of great savory ideas so far.. Thanks!

meeso said...

Not only does that salad sound amazing... It looks pretty, too!

eatme_delicious said...

I love avocados in salad yumm. I don't always like strawberries in salad, unless they're nice and ripe.

S for Kitchen Confit said...

This salad is so pretty - the strawberries and avocados complement each other perfectly.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Kevin, that is amazing. I can eat strawberries, pecans and avocado all itself, so why not together! Thank you for the inspiration :)

Margot

Lori said...

So there I was at my local grocery store standing near the cheese. Ahh yes I have strawberries, what was in that dish that Kevin made. Let me grab some feta. I can not wait to try your other strawberry dish with quinoa. Then I see you have yet another strawberry beautiful dish. Oh Kevin your killing me with your goodness. Can I send my husband to your place for about a week so he can learn from you?

GirlCanBake said...

Kevin- This salad looks amazing! I love the use of berries and nuts in a healthy spinach salad! Perfect for summer!

Maggie said...

I love strawberries in salad. I have to get some and try this combination. It sounds great!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Love the combo Kevin, bacon, blue cheese and strawberries sound amazing.

Jo. said...

I definitely have to try this one sooon :-)

Archana said...

You are playing a lot with straberries and I can see that they look so delicious in a salad.

foodizm said...

This is very very good! I love the strawberries because it gives a fruity flavor!
Your recipes always impress me! :)

Penelope Walker said...

This recipe looks divine-strawberries and spinach are a great combo! I just linked to your post from the MyPunchbowl free invitations and party planning blog.

Shannyn-with-a-Y said...

I stumbled upon your blog when I was looking for a great picture of a salad for a 'Salad Party' I was having... This salad looked so stunning I had to try making it. A few of my friends were skeptical at first when they heard the list of ingredients, but were all blown away when they tried it.

It's so delicious, I will definitely be adding it to my regular Summer meals! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Laura Guardalabene said...

I hope you don't mind that I illustrated this recipe!! I didn't include some things due to space. The prompt for my class was to illustrate a recipe of our choice to hypothetically go in RealSimple magazine. Let me know what you think! :D

http://lauraguard.blogspot.com/2010/02/prompt-to-illustrate-recipe-of-our.html

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

This is not only a beautiful picture, but I can't wait to recreate it tonight! Wow, it will pair quite well with my salmon. Yum.

Sandy said...

Can you please tell me what kind of raspberry vinegar you use? Thanks for the assist!

Kevin said...

Sandy: I do not really have a favourite brand of raspberry vinegar. The brand that I currently have is Elysee but I am sure that most brands will work.

pristyn said...

peas and bacon optional? PSSSHAW!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

I just wound up with a case (like 24 or so) avocados and this is a perfect way to use some!

That vinaigrette sounds heavenly!

Cassie | Bake Your Day said...

Fabulous salad, Kevin! I love the sound of the dressing.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

So happy you posted this today - it's the perfect summer salad! I can see why you keep making it year after year!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Beautiful salad!

Jeanette said...

Love all the bright flavors and textures in this eye popping salad Kevin - I can almost taste it!

Christine Ho said...

Very beautiful strawberry and avocado salad. Love the vibrant colours.

Joanne said...

I used to order a lot of raspberry vinaigrettes on my salads but they were always WAY too sweet! This one sounds perfect though!

sohbet said...

thank you from trukey

Vicki Bensinger said...

OMG your salad looks amazing. I could eat this daily. I'm not a fan of blue cheese anymore but could replace that with goat cheese, but all the other ingredients sound perfect. Then of course you top it off with a luscious raspberry vinaigrette. Great recipe! I just saved it. Can't wait to make it.

Naomi @ Adonis Golden Review said...

Wow, this looks extremely colourful and tasty. Nice combination with a variety of textures, restaurant quality in my opinion. Definitely worth a try at home, this recipe is sure to impress dinner guests.. :)

Asha Shivakumar said...

That is a stunning salad.

Carina said...

I am looking for a new twist for my spinach and this seems to hit the spot. I love how you blended the berries well with the spinach. The bacon is a plus for flavor. Over all, this is a great salad. Thank you for sharing this.

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

What a gorgeous salad! I have a ton of strawberries to use up too!

Alex said...

What a very hearty spinach salad. I like the new twist – adding strawberries and raspberries. I never had this combination before. And I give my kudos to you for making use of strawberries in this time of year.

Rajat Kochar said...

This is looking so Yummy.

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