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!
This salad has been a favourite of mine for years and I am still making it many times every summer!
The original photo from five years ago:
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!
- 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
- Assemble salad, toss in dressing and enjoy!
Option: I like to throw in some fresh peas when available in spring.
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It’s a beautiful salad! Great blog. I stop by everyday. Thanks!
This looks like the perfect combination. Yummy.
Christie @ fig & cherry says
I love your addition of peas in this salad, yum! They would be really good with the strawberries and bacon.
Diana Evans says
This looks amazing!!!
I have an award waiting for you on my blog!!!
Once again, you’ve created a gorgeous dish with some of my all-time favorite ingredients – yum!!
Mrs Ergül says
These look good! Very healthy with so much greens and fruits!
Avocado+strawberry+spinach sans bacon=superfood
I must confess that bacon is my weakness!
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!
Honestly, a cookbook with your strawberry recipes could be a best seller, easily, as could a collection of mushroom ideas from your kitchen.
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 🙂
Avocados and spinach are good separately, and amazing together! Lovely salad!
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 says
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 says
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 says
What a great summer salad – love it
What a pretty salad!
This salad looks fresh and delicious! The dressing seems perfect and loved the addition of fresh peas.
How absolutely fresh and lovely! You always have the most wonderful dishes on your blog!! 🙂
Clumbsy Cookie says
Better than restaurant looking! I love how colored it is!
that looks beautiful. I love the colors. YUM
this looks really good. i would have never thouhgt of combining avocados and strawberries. guess i’ll have to give them a try 🙂
I big plate of this for dinner would be just lovely.
strawberry, avocado and spinach..why i didnt thought about this, great flavors together!
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 says
Wow, you’re on quite the strawberry kick these days. This salad looks utterly gorgeous and contains many of my favourite ingredients…:)
Kev, you should start a salad book. The way you incorporate ingredients is endless. The strawberries have to be sooo refreshing.
I love this combination for a salad….the bacon adds so much flavor.
Peter M says
That salad, my friend is a meal…nice combo.
Lori Lynn says
A riot of color on a plate! Gorgeous!
What a beautiful burst of color on plate. I sure wish I was having that for lunch today!
Kevin ,this look amazing, never try before strawberries with avocado but look sooo good!!! xGloria
I’ll pass on the peanut butter/banana sanny’s… But this looks wonderful! I’m more of a salad person, anyway…
Mansi Desai says
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!
I love strawberry season.
Proud Italian Cook says
Strawberries make such a great addition to a salad, it’s so summery! Yours looks perfect!
We Are Not Martha says
Wow. This salad involves all the ingredients I dream about! And it looks sooo pretty too 🙂
LOVE your blog!
Healthy and colourful and bet it tastes good too.
Wow you’re really cranking out the strawberry recipes… Lots of great savory ideas so far.. Thanks!
Not only does that salad sound amazing… It looks pretty, too!
I love avocados in salad yumm. I don’t always like strawberries in salad, unless they’re nice and ripe.
S for Kitchen Confit says
This salad is so pretty – the strawberries and avocados complement each other perfectly.
Coffee & Vanilla says
Kevin, that is amazing. I can eat strawberries, pecans and avocado all itself, so why not together! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂
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?
Kevin- This salad looks amazing! I love the use of berries and nuts in a healthy spinach salad! Perfect for summer!
I love strawberries in salad. I have to get some and try this combination. It sounds great!
Marc @ NoRecipes says
Love the combo Kevin, bacon, blue cheese and strawberries sound amazing.
I definitely have to try this one sooon 🙂
You are playing a lot with straberries and I can see that they look so delicious in a salad.
This is very very good! I love the strawberries because it gives a fruity flavor!
Your recipes always impress me! 🙂
Penelope Walker says
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.
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 says
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! 😀
Lisa Lisa Lisa says
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.
Can you please tell me what kind of raspberry vinegar you use? Thanks for the assist!
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.
peas and bacon optional? PSSSHAW!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
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 says
Fabulous salad, Kevin! I love the sound of the dressing.
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
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 says
Love all the bright flavors and textures in this eye popping salad Kevin – I can almost taste it!
Christine Ho says
Very beautiful strawberry and avocado salad. Love the vibrant colours.
I used to order a lot of raspberry vinaigrettes on my salads but they were always WAY too sweet! This one sounds perfect though!
thank you from trukey
Vicki Bensinger says
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 says
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 says
That is a stunning salad.
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 says
What a gorgeous salad! I have a ton of strawberries to use up too!
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 says
This is looking so Yummy.
Maggie @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen says
That looks so good especially right now that it's hot in San Diego. I have to share this! 🙂
julie's diary says
So delicious this i've tried it several times and particularly love the combo of strawberries with bacon and blue-cheese. 🙂
can someone PLEASE post the original recipe from 2003? I lost it and the original dressing was much simpler and just as tasty.
This is so yummy! I don't mess with any other recipes anymore. I would love to eat at your house everyday!
Anonymous: Here is the original recipe for the vinaigrette:
1 clove garlic (grated)
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoon olive oil
So delicious this i've tried it several times and particularly love the combo of strawberries with bacon and blue-cheese.
oow its so amazing. Good directions, ty so much.
thanks for sharing