September 15, 2023

Strawberry Summer Salad

Lunch

This salad is perfect for a light lunch, dinner, or as a side dish at your next gathering. It’s a light and refreshing salad that I have the perfect Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette to pair with!

Featured ingredients

  • Fresh Spinach: Packed with nutrients like iron and vitamins, fresh spinach forms the base of this salad, offering a dose of leafy green goodness.
  • Ripe Strawberries: Ripe strawberries add a burst of sweet flavor, complementing the savory elements perfectly.
  • Quinoa: Nutty and satisfying, cooked quinoa brings a hearty texture to the salad, while providing a plant-based source of protein and fiber.
  • Ripe Avocado: Sliced ripe avocado adds a creaminess to the salad, along with healthy fats and essential nutrients.
  • Grilled Chicken: Thinly sliced grilled chicken brings a protein element to the salad, adding substance and satisfying hunger.
  • Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette: A tangy-sweet dressing made with the essence of ripe strawberries and balsamic vinegar, this vinaigrette ties all the flavors together, infusing the salad with a burst of fruity goodness.

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Protein Note

I love the Costco Mediterranean Chicken Skewers. They’re quick heat & serve protein option.

I have also made Air Fryer Chicken Thighs over this salad, which is delicious!

And of course you can sauté or bake chicken to your preferred method to top the salad with if you wish!


Optional Toppings

One of the joys of creating your own salads is the ability to customize them to your liking. In the Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Quinoa and Grilled Chicken, you can add some optional toppings! Here are a couple of options to consider:

  • Feta Cheese: Crumbly and tangy, feta cheese adds a delightful contrast to the sweetness of strawberries and creaminess of avocado, elevating the salad with its salty notes.
  • Goat Cheese: With a mild, earthy flavor and creamy texture, goat cheese brings sophistication to the salad, complementing the strawberries and avocado beautifully.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Toasted almonds, pecans, or sunflower seeds provide crunch and nuttiness while enriching each bite with healthy fats and depth of flavor.
  • Red Onion: Thinly sliced red onion adds sharpness and crunch, offering a burst of flavor for those who enjoy a hint of zing in their salads.
  • Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle basil or mint for an aromatic burst, harmonizing with the sweetness of strawberries and creamy elements of the salad.
  • Croutons: Homemade or store-bought croutons add classic crunch and soak up the vinaigrette, enhancing the salad’s texture and flavor.

The beauty of salads lies in their versatility, and these optional toppings are your ticket to personalizing your Spinach and Strawberry Salad to perfection. Feel free to mix and match to create a salad that suits your taste buds and preferences. The possibilities are endless, and the result will always be a delightful and satisfying meal.

Strawberry Summer Salad

Natasha Pehrson Print Recipe
strawberry summer salad
Enjoy the taste of summer with this Strawberry Summer Salad recipe! Featuring fresh spinach, ripe strawberries, quinoa, avocado, grilled chicken, and a delicious Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette. A perfect blend of flavors for a light and satisfying meal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 avocado slices
  • 3/4 cup grilled chicken
  • 2 Tbsp. Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Instructions

  • For a burst of flavor, marinate the chicken using your favorite marinade. This could be a simple mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs or any marinade you adore. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once your chicken has absorbed the flavors, preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Grill the chicken for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until it’s cooked through and has beautiful grill marks. The precise cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts, so use a meat thermometer if needed – the internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the following ingredients: 2 cups of fresh spinach, 1 cup of ripe sliced strawberries, 1/2 cup of cooked and cooled quinoa, 1/2 ripe avocado thinly sliced, 3/4 cup of grilled chicken,
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing over your salad for a tangy, fruity kick that ties all the elements together.

Notes

Try my Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette for the perfect dressing pairing!
Optional Toppings Include:
  • Feta Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Red Onion

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