Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

Strawberries, avocados, red onions, walnuts, and feta cheese all tossed with fresh baby spinach and creamy poppyseed dressing!

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

Here it is! As promised: Salad Monday.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

I’m over the moon excited about writing up this post today because 1)these photos turned out pretty darn yum-tastic and 2) this salad is da-BOMB.

Fresh strawberries + avocado + red onions + crunchy walnuts + feta cheese + baby spinach and homemade creamy poppyseed dressing = heavenonearth.

p.s. balsamic dressing is also crazy delicious on this salad.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

There are several really awesome flavor combinations happening in this salad. The first, strawberry + avocado. If you haven’t tried these two together, you are seriously missing out. The sweet tang from the strawberry and the creamy earthy avocado flavor just sing to me, I love em.

The second flavor marriage I’m a big fan of here is the red onion + poppyseed dressing. I wish I was better at describing flavors because I really don’t know what to say about that except YUMMMM.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

And the third flavor duo I can’t get enough of here is the walnut + feta thing that happening. To explain how I feel about walnuts, I have to tell a really fast 8-second watered down story from my childhood. Every single morning on the way to my elementary school I walked past a big walnut tree. I’d pick up a dozen or so, stuff them in my pockets, and eat them on the way to school. On the way home I’d repeat. Pick up, stuff, crack, devour. I loved them and I loved the magic of eating them straight from the shell – right off the tree.

Buuuuut after a few weeks of this, the acid from the fresh walnuts caused an allergic reaction and I got sores all. over. the inside of my mouth. It was so painful I couldn’t hardly eat or drink for a couple of weeks until they healed. This whole experience scared me away from walnuts for about 10 years, but eventually I tried them again and I’ve never had an issue since – especially because I learned to toast them first and that prevents the whole sores-in-the-mouth situation.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

After years of keeping the walnuts at bay, one taste of a walnut sent me into a frenzy. A wild walnut eating on everything frenzy. And I can’t stop. I love walnuts. And that’s why I was so totally STOKED out of my mind when Diamond of California invited me to visit their walnut orchards back in October.

That trip to Sacramento was so incredible – and not just for the food, which, let’s be honest, was AMAZE. But the Diamond orchards were stunning. I took so many pictures I had to clear a bunch of old images from my camera’s memory just to make more room. And I have to tell you a secret. Sometimes I am a crazy nerdy sappy  person and I really love old family stories. Diamond is family-owned so they had all of these amazing stories about how they started the orchards and about the original owner and his family and how much they really love what they do.

I told you. Sappy. I’m so darn sappy. But I love cute family-owned brands and shops. I think they’re nothing short of adorable.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad


But anyway. This salad! You should really have some… I made plenty to share.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad
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Strawberries, avocados, red onions, walnuts, and feta cheese all tossed with fresh baby spinach and creamy poppyseed dressing!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6
  • 6-8 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1-2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 whole avocado, pitted and sliced
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup whole or halved Diamond of California walnuts
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup balsamic dressing or poppyseed dressing (store-bought or homemade - see recipe below)
poppyseed dressing
  • ⅔ cup mayo (see notes)
  • ½ cup Half & Half (I used fat free) or other milk (any percentage of milk will work- the higher the percentage, the creamier your dressing will be)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds
  1. Prepare the dressing by whisking all ingredients together. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together all salad ingredients. Serve with dressing.

 I’m working with Diamond of California to bring you this post because I personally love and use their products! 

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This looks heavenly. Strawberries this time of year always give me hope that the sogginess that is Oregon this time of year will, at some point, go away. My kids need to accept salad as a main coarse. I think the strawberries will help.

    By this time every year I’m craving strawberries something fierce, even though they’re not quite in season yet I can’t help myself – I have to get some. And YES salad IS a main course! They’ll catch on eventually 😉

The photos turned out GORGEOUS! So vibrant, and pretty much everything I love in a salad is in here. Perfect!

I have to agree with you “this salad is da-BOMB.” Pinning it for later!!

Lovely looking salad. I love all the ingredients you have used and in particular that dressing, I can eat it with a spoon!! Delicious!!

This salad looks so beautiful – love all of it’s fresh flavours and ingredients. But the star of this dish is definitely the poppy seed dressing… I have to make it!

Can you substitute honey for the 6 T sugar in the dressing? If so, how much honey?

    I would start with 4, taste, than add more if wanted. 🙂