Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total Time
13 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

This simple spinach strawberry salad is a wonderful starter and an ideal accompaniment to grilled or roast chicken or pork.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; slowly whisk in oil until combined. Stir in basil and chives.

Step 2

Combine strawberries, ¼ cup vinaigrette, mint, and spinach in a large bowl; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with almonds and pepper; serve immediately. Store remaining vinaigrette, covered, in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Does not dissapoint!

August 04, 2015
You really can't go wrong with strawberries and spinach, especially when they are both in season, and this very simple recipe adds a great dressing to the two.  Nice fresh flavor, highly recommended to try!

Very well received!!

April 15, 2016
I felt like we needed a new side salad.  Since strawberries are just beginning to be readily available again, it seemed like the perfect recipe to try.  My husband and young adult children really enjoyed it.  I agree with previous reviews - cut back on the oil (I used 1/2 cup), a little extra basil and mint - just to add more flavor - added a little goat cheese - and it was very delicious!  Glad to have read reviews before making.  I'll definitely make again and I could certainly serve to company.  

Wonderful Fresh a Summer Salad

May 24, 2015
I made as per the recipe except for cutting the oil to about 3/4 cup, based on previous reviews. I recommend letting the dressing sit a few hours so the herbs infuse. This was a big hit and so pretty!

GrandmaKY's Review

June 20, 2014
I figured I would try this for dinner tonight since I had all the ingredients...I am always looking for ways to use fresh herbs from my garden. I used less oil based on other reviewers and added grilled chicken to make it a main dish. I also threw in some avocado that I found in the refrige. It was delicious and I would make it again and serve it to guests. Looked beautiful too.

morisot's Review

March 15, 2014
This was a big hit today at a dinner. I didn't have fresh basil or chives but used Herbes de Provence seasoning, next time I will look harder for the fresh herbs. I did add lemon to the vinaigrette because it lacked something.

Keiko123's Review

February 16, 2013
Fabulous! Made the whole thing in under 5 minutes for a late Valentine's supper. Served it in a trifle bowl and it was beautiful. Company worthy. Do NOT skip using the's a must and brings the whole thing together!

notime2cooks's Review

May 22, 2012
Added some burrata - the creaminess of the cheese balanced really nicely with the sweetness of the strawberries and the tanginess of the dressing and provided a good contrast to the crunchiness of the almonds. Based on other reviews, I cut the amount of oil in half and used about 8 Tbsp of dressing for 5 ounces of spinach. Husband loved it!

jb1234's Review

March 24, 2012
This is my go to recipe for when I'm entertaining and without fail, someone asks me for the recipe - that is a 5-star in my opinion!

ChefLeesher's Review

January 15, 2012
This is my go-to spinach strawberry salad, we usually add grilled chicken. I use balsamic instead. The basil is awesome in this, don't leave it out. I would however cut the oil a little.

berkeleyhippel's Review

May 10, 2011
I added goat cheese to this and it was amazing!