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Strawberry Spinach Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This Strawberry Spinach Salad is pretty as a picture. The Lemon Basil Poppyseed Dressing and Sweet, Spicy Glazed Pistachios are the crowning glory!

Course: Salad, Salad Dressing, Salad Topper
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberry Spinach Salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 171 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the dried cranberries:
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons water
For the Sweet and Spicy Pistachios:
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup pistachios
For the salad:
  • 10 ounces baby spinach
  • 12 ounces fresh strawberries quartered
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber flowers or plain sliced cucumbers
  • small red onion thinly sliced
  • Lemon Basil Dressing
  1. For the dried cranberries:

  2. Combine dried cranberries and water in a small microwave-safe bowl or cup. Place in microwave and cook on high power for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave, stir with a fork and set aside to cool, uncovered. (If you don't have a microwave, simply pour 2 teaspoons of boiling hot water into the cranberries and stir. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.)

For the Sweet and Spicy Pistachios:
  1. Place a piece of foil, approximately 1½ feet long, on a work surface. Spray with cooking spray or rub with some oil and a paper towel.
  2. Combine honey, chili powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside
  3. Melt butter in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add pistachios and stir for 1-2 minutes or until pistachios smell fragrant.
  4. Add the honey mixture and stir continuously for 2-3 minutes until nuts are golden honey is reduced and coating the nuts.
  5. Remove from heat and transfer pistachios to the prepared foil. Spread apart as much as possible with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula.
  6. These pistachios can be prepared a few days in advance. After cooling store in an airtight container.

For the salad:
  1. In a large serving bowl, toss together spinach, ¾ of the strawberries, ¾ of the cucumbers and all of the red onion. Drizzle with 2-3 tablespoons of the Lemon Basil Dressing and toss again. 

  2. Top salad with remaining strawberries, cucumbers, the plumped cranberries and a generous sprinkle of the Sweet and Spicy Pistachios. Serve immediately with additional dressing on the side.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in post for additional instructions and tips.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 144mg6%
Potassium 599mg17%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 4600IU92%
Vitamin C 48.9mg59%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.