Fruit and Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

This Fruit and Spinach Salad is easy, light and delicious. My sister Alla made it for my sister Anna’s baby shower and I knew I had to recreate it! I’ve created a tasty mild strawberry vinaigrette to go with it. This salad is loved by every palate; young and old.

If you like a stronger vinaigrette, feel free to add more red wine vinegar. I’ve also tested this with cider vinegar and it worked well; although I liked the red wine vinegar a teensy bit more.

Fruit and Spinach Salad Ingredients:

1 apple, sliced
1 pear,Β sliced
1/2 lb strawberries,Β sliced
2 Tbsp pumpkin Seeds
8 oz (1/2 lb) Spinach Leaves

Apple and Pear Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette Ingredients:

(makes enough vinaigrette for 2 salads)

1/4 cup cold filtered water
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar, or to taste
1/2 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp poppy seeds

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How to Make Fruit and Spinach Salad Dressing:

1. In a food processor or blender, combine 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 lb strawberries and 2 Tbsp honey and puree until smooth.

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2. Add 1/2 tsp poppy seeds and pulse once to combine. Refrigerate dressing up to a week.

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Assembling the Salad:

1. Place all of your salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add salad dressing to taste and toss to combine.Β Easy!

Strawberry, Apple & Pear Spinach Salad with a Strawberry Vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious! @NatashasKitchen

Strawberry, Apple & Pear Spinach Salad with a Strawberry Vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious! @NatashasKitchen

Strawberry, Apple & Pear Spinach Salad with a Strawberry Vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious! @NatashasKitchen

Fruit and Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

4.82 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This strawberry, apple and pear spinach salad is easy, light and delicious. I've created a tasty mild strawberry poppyseed vinaigrette to go with it. This salad is loved by every palate; young and old. If you like a stronger vinaigrette, feel free to add more red wine vinegar. I've also tested this with cider vinegar and it worked well; although I liked the red wine vinegar a teensy bit more.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $7-$10 (Varies by Season)
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 apple cored and sliced
  • 1 pear cored and sliced
  • 1/2 lb strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 8 oz 1/2 lb Spinach Leaves

Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • makes enough vinaigrette for 2 salads
  • 1/4 cup cold filtered water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar or to taste
  • 1/2 lb fresh strawberries hulled and halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds

Instructions

How to Make the Dressing:

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 1/2 lb strawberries and 2 Tbsp honey and puree until smooth.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp poppy seeds and pulse once to combine. Refrigerate dressing up to a week.

Assembling the Salad:

  1. Place all of your salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add salad dressing to taste and toss to combine. Easy!

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  • Danielle
    December 15, 2018

    Do you know how long the dressing would last in the fridge? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 15, 2018

      I would say at least a week or so for the dressing. We haven’t kept ours around much longer than that. Reply

  • Juan
    June 2, 2018

    I love it. Thank you Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 2, 2018

      You’re welcome Juan! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Reply

  • September 26, 2016

    I love the way your website is set up. The actual recipe is toward the top, so I don’t have to scroll down through photos and directions that are trying to load in order to see if the recipe calls for ingredients I have on hand. I enjoy photos and need the directions, but I want to see the recipe first. I did a search for “fruit vinaigrette” and yours was by far the fastest to load and easiest to follow. Thank you and I commend you! Now I must go and start making this dressing, which, by the way, looks scrumptious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 26, 2016

      Thank you so much for that awesome feedback! It really means alot to us :). We put a great deal of thought into the layout when we redesigned, trying to make it user friendly and we read hundreds of answers to surveys we put out, so I’m just immensely happy to hear your feedback. Thank you! Reply

  • Carolyn Kalbfeld
    September 5, 2016

    I just made the strawberry pear apple spinach salad, didn’t pour the strawberry vinaigrette salad dressing to it I just put it in the refrigerator and until it’s time for my party will that be okay Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 5, 2016

      Hi Carolyn, yes, that was a good call. I would add the dressing just before serving to keep all of the ingredients as fresh and crisp as possible πŸ™‚ Reply

  • April 10, 2016

    I was really sceptical but just tried it and it is so good! Definitely making the salad again! πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 10, 2016

      I’m so happy you loved it! Thank you for the wonderful review πŸ™‚ Reply

  • ADA
    October 1, 2015

    I did this salad several times and now this is my favorite. I like you are very creative. I enjoy every recipe you post. Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 1, 2015

      You are very welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed it :). Reply

  • Alexander
    August 5, 2015

    I have some frozen black raspberries i plan to use instead of strawberry. Think it will work? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 5, 2015

      Do you mean for the salad or the dressing? It might work for the dressing but it won’t taste the same. I haven’t tested it myself so let me know how you like it πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Joanna S.
    July 28, 2015

    made this tonight and it was fantastic!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 28, 2015

      Awesome!! Thanks Joanna πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Ashley Severance
    July 24, 2015

    Loved this! The dressing was FAB! Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 25, 2015

      You are welcome Ashley, I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Ella
    May 13, 2015

    Can I omit the poppy seeds? or is there another substitution? thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 13, 2015

      You can omit the poppy seeds. It won’t affect the flavor at all πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Sam
    April 8, 2015

    This recipe looks amazing! I was just wondering, do I have to add the red wine vinegar? Is there any other alternative? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 8, 2015

      I haven’t really tried with anything else for the dressing. The next closest thing would be regular white vinegar, but be careful with that since it is a little more potent so add it to taste. Reply

  • anna
    March 28, 2015

    Can I put Roasted & salted pumpkin seeds instead plain ones? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2015

      Yes, that will still be fine. The little bit of salt on the pumpkin seeds will still taste fine. Reply

  • Sarah
    March 28, 2015

    This was so delish! I will never buy another fruit vinegret again. I switched out the red wine vinegar for 1/2 balsamic… And 1/2 braggs vinegar (which were always trying to incorporate more in our diet).

    Thanks for posting this. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Sarah and you are welcome :). Reply

  • Vika
    September 22, 2014

    Loved this salad! Thanks for sharing this recipe πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 22, 2014

      You’re so welcome πŸ™‚ I’m so happy you loved it πŸ™‚ Reply

  • elizabeth
    August 24, 2014

    i’ve made this recipe twice this summer as a main dish. i don’t eat meat but i bought a rotisserie chicken and threw that on top for my husband. also, we added feta and red onion because otherwise the salad seemed too sweet. great, fresh, healthy dinner. the dressing is to die for! thanks for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 24, 2014

      You are welcome Elizabeth, your comment is music to my ears :). Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback. Reply

  • May 16, 2014

    Thanks. We tried the dressing today, just added some poppy seeds. Very tasty! Reply

    • May 16, 2014

      P.S. One of your descriptions (between photos) still says cider vinegar. πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        May 16, 2014

        Oh dear, thank you so much Alison! πŸ™‚ Fixed πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 16, 2014

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Heather
    May 9, 2014

    I feel like a big ol’ goober for asking this but are “apple red wine vinegar” and “cider vinegar” the same thing? Your photos are beautiful, and I want to swim in a vat of that dressing! Reply

    • Heather
      May 9, 2014

      Oops. Disregard. I am a RN and I finished my second semester of grad school yesterday… I need a nap. Haha Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        May 10, 2014

        I think I’m the one that needs to take a nap; lol. Thanks again Heather! πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 10, 2014

      You’re absolutely right! The first time I made the dressing I used apple cider vinegar and then I made it using red wine vinegar which I liked better. When I went to update the recipe, I forgot to take out the word apple in the ingredient list. Thank you so much for asking and catching my oops. Reply

  • I LOVE this! Such a beautiful salad, full of summer flavors! Pinned! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 3, 2014

      Anna (I have a sister named Anna!) Thank you so much for pinning the salad. I actually saw your pin this afternoon while perusing Pinterest. Thank you awesome lady! πŸ˜‰ Reply

  • Nata
    May 1, 2014

    This salad is like dessert (except obviously much much healthier). Definitely brightened up my rainy day yesterday! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2014

      I thought so too. It’s such a treat and you feel good about it after wolfing down a big bowl. I’m so happy it brightened up your day yesterday. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • That strawberry vinaigrette is going to haunt me until I can get to the store to buy strawberries! Must. Make. Immediately.

    I love your salads – they are always so bright and fresh and bursting with color! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 30, 2014

      Thanks Lindsey! It is very tasty. I could almost eat it with a spoon (it’s much better on salad) πŸ˜‰ Reply

  • April 30, 2014

    Oh this looks so delish Natasha! I’ m a huge salad fan so count me in on giving this recipe a try…or two…or three lol πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 30, 2014

      Oh I think you’ll love it!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Anna
    April 29, 2014

    I had a company over my house yesterday, and I maid this salad. Guys didn’t even want to touch the salad but girls eat the salad and were asking for seconds. Guys called this salad “Girls salad”. Thank you for the recipe!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2014

      lol. They don’t know what they’re missing! πŸ˜‰ My husband devoured it too. I’m so glad you and your girls loved it! Reply

  • Andi C.
    April 28, 2014

    This is definitely the PRETTIEST recipe I’ve seen in a while!! Mm1Mm, gotta try it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2014

      Andi, thank you so much for the compliment πŸ™‚ Reply

  • April 28, 2014

    Tasty and filling salad! Such beautiful colors! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 29, 2014

      It’s definitely a feel good salad! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Luba
    April 28, 2014

    Just made it πŸ™‚
    It was soooooo good!
    Thank you Natasha ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2014

      Yes!!!! Thanks for the awesome feedback! I’m so happy you enjoyed the salad πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Oksana
    April 28, 2014

    Hello Natasha. Where did you buy your dressing container? It’s beautiful. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2014

      Thank you! It’s from Fred Meyer πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Inna
      April 28, 2014

      I got mine at Walmart. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • April 28, 2014

    I love the pumpkin seeds twist! Will have to try! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2014

      Thanks Katya! I hope you love the salad! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • April 28, 2014

    That looks like the perfect salad for a summer day! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2014

      It was a hit at the baby shower. It is a perfect summer salad. It’s so healthy, light, super flavorful and delicious πŸ™‚ Reply

    • cookingmommy
      May 14, 2014

      This is absolutely beautiful Natasha, we are going to do this recipe on Saturday for our dieting group, the strawberries are good for weight loss
      http://recipetoloseweight.blogspot.com/2014/04/lose-weight-with-strawberries-how-one.html Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        May 14, 2014

        That’s very cool! It is a very healthy and yummy salad. I hope you all love it! Reply

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