Strawberry Spinach Salad with Tangy Citrus Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Tangy Citrus Dressing
trawberry Spinach Salad with Tangy Citrus Dressing
Usually we think of fresh berries as something to eat for breakfast or dessert, but here they make an elegant addition to a savory salad of baby spinach, pecans, green onions, and oranges. Strawberry Spinach  Salad withTangy Citrus Dressing is fruity and sweet. The dressing enhances the flavor of the berries and brings all of the elements together. It’s also great served alongside grilled chicken or fish for a luncheon or informal dinner.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Tangy Citrus Dressing

Oh my, the sheer joy of Spring-time and delectable strawberries!
Like me, are you inspired by the freshest of all foods this time of the year? Strawberries are both bountiful and versatile, pairing well with almost anything. One of my favorite combos is fresh oranges and strawberries. Try them in this delish Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Tangy Orange Dressing and I promise, you too will be singing!
Begin by heating a large skillet and melting 2 Tbsp. butter, add 4 Tbsp. of brown sugar, and 8 ounces (1 cup) slivered almonds. Stir constantly, watching carefully as they will burn easily. When they look toasted and candied like this, remove from heat.
Allow nuts to cool on a parchment covered baking sheet.
Make the dressing by combining rice vinegar, sugar or substitute, orange juice concentrate, salt and pepper, and canola oil.
You may whisk it together or I like to use my immersion blender for a frothy, creamy dressing.
Combine spinach, romaine, and green onions. Toss with dressing, strawberries and oranges and garnish with candied almonds. Enjoy!
trawberry Spinach Salad with Tangy Citrus Dressing
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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Tangy Citrus Dressing
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Enjoy Strawberry Spinach Salad with Tangy Citrus Dressing 4 months out of the year. It's so fresh and filled with candied almonds, strawberries, oranges, and green onions on a bed of greens.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 bag snipped fresh spinach
  • 1 head of romaine, washed, dried, and torn into bite size pieces
  • 12 sliced strawberries
  • 2 sliced fresh oranges
  • 1 bunch of sliced green onions, (some of the green tops too)
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 4 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
Tangy Orange Dressing:
  • ½ cup rice vinegar ( I like seasoned rice vinegar)
  • ½ cup sugar (or sugar substitute like stevia, I use about ½ dropper-full)
  • 2 Tbsp. frozen orange juice concentrate
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup canola oil
  1. In a saucepan sauté melted butter and add brown sugar. Stir almonds constantly to toast and sugar coat. Be careful they will burn! Cool on parchment paper.
  2. Prepare greens and place in a in a large salad bowl.
  3. Add strawberries, oranges, green onions.
  4. Just before serving toss with dressing and garnish with almonds.
“Ah-ha”: This salad is fabulous topped with sliced, grilled chicken or a grilled salmon fillet. Serve it with a luscious potato-knot-roll (recipe coming soon!) and a scoop of sorbet for a easy, light luncheon.

Wishing you a berry-good week!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Cynthia@ITLLDO

    Sorry, I made a spelling error in the post I removed. I want to tell you that your salad recipe looks and sounds divine. I will certainly try it out. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Allison Shops

    Love this recipe! I’ve done chili powder spiced pecans on this salad. Dropping by from BNOTP.

  3. Beckie

    Visiting from TGC…Oh bless you for posting this!
    It looks SOOOO YUMMY! My only problem is that I’m about 30 minutes from a grocery store and it’s pouring outside 🙁 So I will just sit and drool while staring at the pictures…lol!

  4. Blondie's Journal

    Great recipe for spring and summer. Love the dressing. Thanks so much…I’m glad I stopped by!

    Happy Met Monday!


  5. Kaye Swain

    Hi, I popped over to visit from the 2010 Ultimate Blog party. What gorgeous photos! And the salad looks delish too! Have a GREAT week. 🙂

  6. CrystalsCozyKitchen

    Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party, I LOVE strawberries!!!

  7. Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging

    That looks delicious! I love salads with fruit, particularly strawberries, in them!

    Hope you have a great time this week meeting other bloggers and forming new networks with the Ultimate Blog Party. I’d love for you to stop by and say hi when you get the chance!

  8. JDaniel4's Mom

    I love strawberry salad. This one looks awesome! Stopping from UBP!

  9. Aiming4Simple

    Yum! I’ll remember this the next time I have fresh spinach on hand. I think it would work with other salad greens too, right?

  10. Traci

    I adore this time of year for it’s bounty of new and fresh! Your salad looks delightful and tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  11. Joyce

    Just wanted to let you know, I am now following your blog. I really enjoy your posts. I especially like your holiday pretzel treats…can’t wait to make some. Have a great day.

  12. Shopper Gal

    Hi, this looks delicious!! Thank you for joining my community on Blog Frog 🙂 I look forward to learning more about you 🙂
    {shopper gal}


    Hi there! Nice to meet you! I’m stopping by via UBP. I loved reading your blog! I’ll be sure to visit again! Your berry salad looks amazing!!!!!!!!! i want one!

    I hope you can stop by our blog: is a mom owned newly launched site.

  14. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden

    That looks delicious! I can’t get enough strawberries right now. I was thinking as I was reading that it would be good with grilled salmon, and then you confirmed it!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day. I am definitely bookmarking this recipe!

  15. Jenglamgirl

    Hello there~ glad to see you joined in the fun blog party. I am all about a good salad, and fruit too… YUM! Love your cute header too. Jenn

  16. Beth

    Mercy that looks good! Consider it bookmarked!

  17. MarytheKay

    Oh MY! That salad looks amazing! That will be on my list to make this week. Thanks so much! Also, thanks for letting me stop by and take a peek at your beautiful blog!

  18. Jessica Hills

    Yummy salads are my favorite in the Spring/Summer! Thanks so much for posting this on Favorite Things Friday!


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