A strawberry walnut salad is a great healthy and delicious option that comes together in just a few minutes. It’s ideal for late Spring or early summer months when berries are fresh, but if you have access to strawberries year round, it is a great side dish or meal that everyone will enjoy – even the kids!
Semi-homemade is the best way to go when you are trying to make something fast and easy like this strawberry walnut salad. I use Ken’s Lite Strawberry Vinaigrette , or you can make your own homemade if you prefer. There are often various vinaigrette’s out there that have berry infusion. Check your favorite brands, and look for a lighter option when possible.
1 Cup Baby Spinach
1/3 Cup Strawberries, Sliced
1/8 Cup Walnuts (candied if preferred)
Berry Vinaigrette of choice
Even though I buy baby spinach ready to use in store, I prefer to rinse and run through a salad spinner just in case. You just never know how clean it is. I also often mix in some mixed greens or other leafy greens into the salad for more flavor. Kale is a great option, but not everyone likes the flavor it offers. Test what your family prefers and use that in your strawberry walnut salad.
Once my spinach is ready, I chop up walnuts or pecans. I have found candied walnuts are nice on a salad, but add extra calories so not always necessary to have. Simply chop into the desired size and toss with your spinach, strawberries, and of course, the vinaigrette of choice.
This simple strawberry walnut salad is a great choice for a lighter side to your favorite grilled meat. With the nutrient-dense ingredients, it can easily be a great way to get some healthy proteins and vegetables into your kid’s diets. The sweetness of the strawberries and vinaigrette are appealing to most kids, and since these items are often on sale, it can be a great budget-friendly side that you feel no guilt about serving your family.
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