Spinach Salad with Strawberries

Today was the hottest day we’ve had so far here in Seattle (high 80’s) since we moved back in mid-January. . . and we have no air conditioning. As I type, we have our portable fans going. . it’s a little warm right now to say the least.


I didn’t want to turn on the oven or cook anything tonight PLUS I indulged and bought myself some Ben & Jerry’s so made this simple salad for dinner. I just threw together what we had at home and here are 3 ways to make your own vinaigrette dressing:


  1. Basil vinaigrette, click here for ingredients and directions
  2. Cilantro vinaigrette, click here
  3. Just a simple vinaigrette. . I’m currently reading “Dinner, A Love Story” and LOVE it. Jenny makes a vinaigrette for a salmon salad that I used tonight and changed it up just a bit.

Spinach Salad with Strawberries


Spinach Salad with Strawberries
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American

  • salad:
  • • fresh bagged spinach
  • • cherry tomatoes
  • • yellow or orange bell peppers (I would have loved to have used yellow ones for the color but didn’t have any so used orange)
  • • mushrooms
  • • cucumbers
  • • strawberries
  • the dressing:
  • • ¼ cup red wine vinegar (I didn’t have any so used apple cider vinegar but had to splash some balsamic vinegar as well before I ate the salad)
  • • 2 teaspoons mustard (I used dijon)
  • • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • • Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime
  • • ½ cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • • salt & pepper to taste

  1. Wash and chop all of your veggies and the strawberries.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing. Season with salt and black pepper if necessary. Pour on salad.

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2 Responses to "Spinach Salad with Strawberries"

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  1. bakingandme

    August 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I never used to like salads with fruit!- but recently I started loving it! Funny how your tastes change as you get older. This looks delicious and I’m definetly going to have to try it. Ps. Your pictures are very pretty :)

    • hipfoodiemom

      August 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

      I know what you mean! Now, I feel like I always have to have something sweet (fruit) and crunchy (bell peppers or cucumbers) in my salads. :) Thank you so much for the lovely compliment! :)


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