I call this my “Instagram-worthy” Strawberry Salad. It’s loaded with fresh summer strawberries, spring greens, crunchy toasted almonds, and creamy feta and is dressed in a sweet and tangy honey vinaigrette.

This salad is perfect for any summer get-together because it comes together fast and it’s gorgeous. In fact, I included it in my Natasha’s Kitchen Cookbook because I knew you’d love it as much as we do.

strawberry salad with honey vinaigrette in a white bowl

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The Best Strawberry Salad Recipe

There’s no denying that summer strawberries taste infinitely better than winter strawberries so when they are at their peak of flavor, we put them to good use. We’re cranking out everything, from Strawberry Lemonade to Strawberry Sauce, and lets forget the famous Strawberry Pretzel Salad.

Strawberries have so much more potential than only satisfying the sweet tooth. Putting them into fresh salad for a sweet and savory combination is… everything.

This is a great dish to bring to potlucks when the weather finally warms up. This gorgeous Strawberry Salad with Honey Vinaigrette is refreshing and perfect for your next summer cookout.

Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Salad

  • Quick – It takes less than 15 minutes to make the salad and whisk the dressing 
  • Simple – Only a few ingredients are needed to make this salad truly shine, but don’t skimp on strawberries
  • Serves a Crowd – Easily scale the recipe up and down for a quiet gathering or big summer barbecue
  • Versatile – I’ve included some variations below to make this salad fit your tastes and any dietary needs

Strawberry Salad Video

Watch Natasha assemble this fresh summer Strawberry salad comes together in only a few minutes. You’ll love the contrast of sweet strawberries and toasted almonds, and it also looks divine!

Ingredients for Strawberry Salad

Each ingredient in our delicious Strawberry Salad with Honey Vinaigrette adds something special to the salad—sweetness, crunch, creaminess, bite, and richness—which makes for a truly well-balanced and delicious salad with many layers of texture and flavor.

  • Salad greens – The Crunch – the different textures and colors in the spring mix make it a perfect base for this salad
  • Strawberries – The Sweet – When I make a salad with strawberries, I prefer to slice the fruit to make it easy to fit in each bite, but you can halve or chop if you prefer.
  • Feta cheese – The Creamy – feta cheese is salty and creamy, but you can omit this for a vegan salad option
  • Red onion – The Bite – the perfect way to add a punch of flavor and freshness to the salad.
  • Almonds – The Richness – We toast these in the first step. You can skip this step, but I encourage you to take the extra few minutes. It enhances the nutty flavor and makes the salad so amazing.
  • Dressing ingredients  – olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, salt and pepper 

Pro Tip:

If the bite of the red onion is too strong for you but you want to keep the crunchy texture, I learned this great tip from Simply Recipes: soak the sliced onions in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes to mellow the flavor then drain well.

ingredients for summer side dish including spring mix greens, strawberries, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, red onion, feta cheese and toasted almonds

Variations

For a twist on our Strawberry Salad recipe, try these easy swaps:

  • Swap the Greens – try baby spinach or arugula for a different flavor and texture
  • Use Seasonal Fruit – try raspberries, chopped peaches, blackberries, or mandarin oranges
  • Nuts – Use chopped pistachios, Candied Pecans, or Candied Walnuts in place of almonds
  • Cheese Options – swap feta for milder goat cheese or gorgonzola. You can also use mozzarella pearls.
  • Vinegar – you can substitute the red wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar, white balsamic vinegar, or champaign vinegar, adding them to taste. You can also swap out the dressing completely for a Balsamic Glaze which works especially well if you’re using goat cheese.
  • Make it a Meal – Add protein like shredded or Baked Chicken Breast, or Quinoa to take it from a side dish to a main dish

How to Make Strawberry Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

It’s so simple to build this strawberry salad with the dressing in less than 15 minutes.

  • Toast the Almonds – toss the nuts in a skillet over medium heat. Toss frequently to avoid burning and toast until golden, for about 5 minutes.
  • Make the Dressing – in a small bowl or in a mason jar, whisk olive oil, vinegar, honey, dijon, salt and pepper together until combined. Note: You can also make the dressing in a mason jar and shake it up.
  1. Arrange Salad Ingredients – Place greens, sliced strawberries, onion, almonds, and feta into a large bowl.
  2. Add the dressing – Drizzle the honey vinaigrette over the salad green mixture and then toss to combine.

Pro Tip:

This strawberry summer salad tastes best mixed just before serving. You can mix the salad ingredients, but wait until it’s time to serve before drizzling the dressing then toss to evenly coat the salad and allow the flavors to marry in the bowl.

Strawberry salad recipe with feta cheese and red onions on a bed of salad greens

What to Serve with Strawberry Salad

This salad is perfectly paired with a protein and crusty bread. Here are a few of our favorite recipes:

Make-Ahead

Since strawberries start to lose their vibrance quickly after they are sliced, strawberry salad tastes best made just before serving. Before the dressing is mixed in, you can store it for one day in the fridge. We like to store the jar in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid – this way if the dressing separates (which is very normal), you can simply shake vigorously until well combined.

Strawberries on a bed of mixed greens and red onions

This fresh strawberry salad is so pretty on the plate, you’ll want to take a photo of it and share it on social media (just be sure to tag me so I can see it!). But it’s not just beautiful; it tastes as good as it looks. It’s a keeper!

More Summer Strawberry Recipes

If you’re looking for a way to use all those ripe, sweet, juicy strawberries, you won’t want to miss these delicious strawberry recipes:

Strawberry Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

5 from 12 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
summer Strawberry salad recipe with feta, red onions and fresh strawberries
This Strawberry Salad Recipe hits all the right notes with sweet, tangy, and savory bites that will have this salad on your summer menu all season long. The honey vinaigrette is lip-smacking good and really brings out the sweet strawberry flavor.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 servings

For the Strawberry Salad:

  • 5 oz spring mix salad greens, 142 grams
  • 1/2 lb strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled, or goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced*
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

For Honey Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, or added to taste*
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp dijon
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, or added to taste

Instructions

  • Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Add sliced almonds to the dry skillet and toast, tossing the nuts frequently until fragrant and golden (5-7 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.
  • In a measuring cup or mason jar, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk until well blended.
  • Add salad greens to a large serving bowl. Top with sliced strawberries, red onion, almonds, and feta cheese.
  • Just before serving, drizzle dressing over the salad to taste and toss to combine for the flavors to meld.

Notes

Make Ahead Tip: It is best to toss the salad with the dressing just before serving. If the dressing settles before serving, whisk or shake it up in a tightly covered mason jar until it comes together. 
Onion Note: To take the harsh bite out of fresh onion (while keeping it crisp), slice the onion, soak in cold water for 10-15 minutes, then drain well. 
Red Wine Vinegar: not all kinds of vinegar are created equal – get the best quality you can afford, and you can add it to taste. You can substitute the red wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar, white balsamic vinegar, or champagne vinegar, adding them to taste. You can also swap out the dressing completely for a Balsamic Glaze which works especially well if you’re using goat cheese. 

Nutrition Per Serving

208kcal Calories13g Carbs4g Protein16g Fat3g Saturated Fat2g Polyunsaturated Fat10g Monounsaturated Fat0.002g Trans Fat11mg Cholesterol363mg Sodium193mg Potassium2g Fiber8g Sugar328IU Vitamin A28mg Vitamin C99mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
Amount per Serving
Calories
208
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
0.002
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
363
mg
16
%
Potassium
 
193
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
328
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
28
mg
34
%
Calcium
 
99
mg
10
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry salad recipe, strawberry salad with honey vinaigrette
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 208
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Good Things

Natasha hiking with family in summer
Natasha and Vadim enjoying a hike together on a sunny day

Speaking of summer, our kids are finally wrapping up school this week and we’re working on our summer bucket list. One of the things on that list is doing active things together as a family. This weekend, we ventured out to the foothills and took a hike with the kids and it was so good for all of us.

Admittedly, I have this misconception in my brain that the best adventures require getting on an airplane, but this was such a good reminder that the most beautiful moments can be found in our own backyard. Do you keep a summer bucket list? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

P.S. Stay tuned for next Friday’s new video recipe for Cherry Clafoutis; a French dessert you won’t want to miss!
Loads of Love, – Natasha

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the creator behind Natasha's Kitchen (established in 2009), and I share family-friendly, authentic recipes. I am a New York Times Best-Selling cookbook author and a trusted video personality in the culinary world. My husband, Vadim, and I run this blog together, ensuring every recipe we share is thoroughly tested and approved. Our mission is to provide you with delicious, reliable recipes you can count on. Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy you are here.

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  • Lindsey
    June 15, 2024

    Delicious 😋 next time, I’m adding the addition of avocado and boiled egg

    Reply

  • Susi
    June 14, 2024

    I made the salad yesterday – wow, amazingly good, just great. Will be my favorite salad.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 14, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Susi!

      Reply

  • Nia Jax
    June 6, 2024

    I believe that the strawberry spinach salad with balsamic is an excellent option for a simple summer dish, offering numerous opportunities for ingredient variation. Additionally, the salad presents an elegant and healthy appearance. It allows for the incorporation of various summer fruits and berries, making it a versatile choice.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2024

      That is exactly why I love this recipe! Thank you for your feedback, Nia!

      Reply

  • Ann
    June 5, 2024

    This recipe is delicious! Unfortunately strawberries in Hawaii are not that great, so one night we used ripe mango instead — this was sooo good!
    Perfect summer recipe.

    Reply

  • Alexis DeHaas
    June 5, 2024

    This salad is SO great and refreshing!! I halved it, and now I’ll make it again tomorrow!! REALLY REALLY GOOD!! Defiantly a keeper!! 🙂

    Reply

  • allHungry
    June 5, 2024

    This strawberry salad with honey vinaigrette is simply delightful! The flavors are perfectly balanced and refreshing. Thank you for sharing such a fantastic recipe, Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 5, 2024

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for your wonderful feedback!

      Reply

  • Melinda C.
    June 4, 2024

    Hi Natasha,
    I made this salad and it was such a hit that now I am nominated to make this for Father’s Day:) I am going to make this just like yours and another with walnuts and dried cranberries, hope it turns out wonderful like yours!!!! Thank You for this recipe, and I also have your cookbook on my kitchen counter which I rely on quite often:)
    You’re So Wonderful!!!!! Thank You

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 4, 2024

      I’m so glad it was a hit! this recipe is perfect for fathers day!

      Reply

  • Diana P
    June 2, 2024

    My husband & I absolutely loved this salad. The honey vinaigrette dressing pushed it right over the top! This will go on permanent rotation at our house. Thank you Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 2, 2024

      You’re so welcome, Diana! Great to hear that you both love this salad!

      Reply

  • Marg Whorwood
    June 2, 2024

    Great salad, what can I substitute teh almonds with as my friend is alergic to almonds,
    Thank you

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 2, 2024

      Thank! You can use chopped pistachios, Candied Pecans, or Candied Walnuts in place of almonds.

      Reply

  • audrey myers
    June 2, 2024

    I made it yesterday and getting very good feedback from whom all that I shared. I have your cookbook so it was easier to complete without all those pop up ads.

    Reply

  • Dawn Stoltman
    June 1, 2024

    Make this salad exactly all the time EXCEPT i use fresh spinach, AWESOME

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  • Janice
    June 1, 2024

    I’m not one for honey but I followed the recipe. Boy Howdy was it delicious!!! The small amount of red onion was just enough. Perfect. The honey really amps up the fresh ripe berries. Soo dadgum good!! I added some smoked chicken I had in the fridge for a complete meal. Five Stars Natasha!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 1, 2024

      Thank you for your awesome review, Janice!

      Reply

  • Christy Fell
    June 1, 2024

    This looks so awesome, I always make the same salads over and over,( macaroni, potato, broccoli, and different pasta’s ) this one looks so refreshing! Just wondering what kind of dinner would this compliment?

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    • Natasha
      June 2, 2024

      Hi Christy, check out the section above titled: “What to Serve with Strawberry Salad”.

      Reply

  • Grace
    June 1, 2024

    Loved this salad! Made it with farm fresh greens and strawberries . So tasty and refreshing! Perfect for this time of the year. This is definitely going to be added to my repertoire. Thank you Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 1, 2024

      That’s so great to hear, Grace! I’m so glad you found a new favorite on my blog.

      Reply

  • Mel
    May 31, 2024

    This salad was so fresh and delicious! And the dressing was unbelievable! Cannot wait to make this again!

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  • Kristyn
    May 31, 2024

    This is one of my go-to salads! I order it wherever I go, but being able to make it at home makes me so happy!! It’s delicious!

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    • Natasha
      May 31, 2024

      It really is such a popular restaurant salad, but super easy to re-create at home.

      Reply

  • Shanna
    May 31, 2024

    The homemade honey vinaigrette put this salad over the top — YUM! Such a healthy and refreshing recipe that I look forward to enjoying all summer long.

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    • Natasha
      May 31, 2024

      Yes! I love the addition of honey in the dressing – it adds just the right touch of sweetness to balance the acidity.

      Reply

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