Today I want to share one of my favorite salads to make in the spring and summertime. With just a few ingredients, it is a snap to throw together. It is perfect for those hot summer days when you just don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
Simple Strawberry Spinach Salad
- 1/4 cup expeller-pressed coconut oil (or any other neutral flavored oil), in liquid form. You may need to gently warm it if your house is cold.
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- Fresh Spinach
- Fresh Strawberries, sliced
- Chopped Walnuts
In a small jar with lid, combine oil, honey, and vinegar. Screw lid on tightly and shake well. The kids like to do this part! (Mason jars with plastic storage lids work great for making and storing this dressing, by the way.) Portion out 2 cups spinach per person. Top with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 2 tbs chopped walnuts, and 1 tbs of dressing.
This salad really doesn’t need a ton of dressing. You just want a little bit to help bring out the sweetness of the strawberries. Even my salad-hating kids liked this recipe!
You don’t want to use anything that is too strongly flavored, like olive oil, in this dressing. I use expeller pressed coconut oil as it does not have any of the coconut flavor left in it. Flaxseed oil might be a good alternative. I would steer clear of vegetable oils – they are mostly soy which means GMO’s. Canola oils are also highly GMO unless you buy organic.
If you have leftover dressing, refrigerate it. Just so you know, the coconut oil will separate and harden in the fridge. So you will need to warm it just enough to melt the oil the next time you use it.
Nutritional Benefits of Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Spinach is a great source of Vitamin K, which is essential for bone health. Spinach is also a wonderful source of calcium, which is important if you are dairy free. But spinach isn’t just great for your bones, it also contains, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron, folic acid, and magnesium. Popeye was right – you should eat your spinach!
- Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants to help protect cells from aging. In addition the phytochemicals in strawberries may help protect against certain types of cancer. The vitamin C in the strawberries helps increase the absorption of the iron in the spinach.
- Walnuts may help protect your heart! They contain the highest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids of any other nuts. Omega-3′s help lower triglycerides and reduce plaque formation.
I love serving this simple strawberry spinach salad when we have pizza night. It is also great to take to picnics and family reunions. So tell me… What are your favorite healthy salads to serve in the summer?