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Strawberry Salad with Honey Vinaigrette (VIDEO)

I call this my “Instagram-worthy” Strawberry Salad. It’s loaded with fresh summer strawberries, spring greens, crunchy toasted almonds, and creamy feta and is dressed in a sweet and tangy honey vinaigrette.
This salad is perfect for any summer get-together because it comes together fast and it’s gorgeous. In fact, I included it in my Natasha’s Kitchen Cookbook because I knew you’d love it as much as we do.
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The Best Strawberry Salad RecipeThere’s no denying that summer strawberries taste infinitely better than winter strawberries so when they are at their peak of flavor, we put them to good use. We’re cranking out everything, from Strawberry Lemonade to Strawberry Sauce, and lets forget the famous Strawberry Pretzel Salad.
Strawberries have so much more potential than only satisfying the sweet tooth. Putting them into fresh salad for a sweet and savory combination is… everything.
This is a great dish to bring to potlucks when the weather finally warms up. This gorgeous Strawberry Salad with Honey Vinaigrette is refreshing and perfect for your next summer cookout.
Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Salad
  • Quick – It takes less than 15 minutes to make the salad and whisk the dressing 
  • Simple – Only a few ingredients are needed to make this salad truly shine, but don’t skimp on strawberries
  • Serves a Crowd – Easily scale the recipe up and down for a quiet gathering or big summer barbecue
  • Versatile – I’ve included some variations below to make this salad fit your tastes and any dietary needs Strawberry Salad Video
    Watch Natasha assemble this fresh summer Strawberry salad comes together in only a few minutes. You’ll love the contrast of sweet strawberries and toasted almonds, and it also looks divine!

  • Ingredients for Strawberry SaladEach ingredient in our delicious Strawberry Salad with Honey Vinaigrette adds something special to the salad—sweetness, crunch, creaminess, bite, and richness—which makes for a truly well-balanced and delicious salad with many layers of texture and flavor.
  • Salad greens – The Crunch – the different textures and colors in the spring mix make it a perfect base for this salad
  • Strawberries – The Sweet – When I make a salad with strawberries, I prefer to slice the fruit to make it easy to fit in each bite, but you can halve or chop if you prefer.
  • Feta cheese – The Creamy – feta cheese is salty and creamy, but you can omit this for a vegan salad option
  • Red onion – The Bite – the perfect way to add a punch of flavor and freshness to the salad.
  • Almonds – The Richness – We toast these in the first step. You can skip this step, but I encourage you to take the extra few minutes. It enhances the nutty flavor and makes the salad so amazing.
  • Dressing ingredients  – olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, salt and pepper  Pro Tip: If the bite of the red onion is too strong for you but you want to keep the crunchy texture, I learned this great tip from Simply Recipes: soak the sliced onions in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes to mellow the flavor then drain well.

  • VariationsFor a twist on our Strawberry Salad recipe, try these easy swaps:
    • Swap the Greens – try baby spinach or arugula for a different flavor and texture
    • Use Seasonal Fruit – try raspberries, chopped peaches, blackberries, or mandarin oranges
    • Nuts – Use chopped pistachios, Candied Pecans, or Candied Walnuts in place of almonds
    • Cheese Options – swap feta for milder goat cheese or gorgonzola. You can also use mozzarella pearls.
    • Vinegar – you can substitute the red wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar, white balsamic vinegar, or champaign vinegar, adding them to taste. You can also swap out the dressing completely for a Balsamic Glaze which works especially well if you’re using goat cheese.
    • Make it a Meal – Add protein like shredded or Baked Chicken Breast, or Quinoa to take it from a side dish to a main dish
    How to Make Strawberry Salad with Honey VinaigretteIt’s so simple to build this strawberry salad with the dressing in less than 15 minutes.
  • Toast the Almonds – toss the nuts in a skillet over medium heat. Toss frequently to avoid burning and toast until golden, for about 5 minutes.
  • Make the Dressing – in a small bowl or in a mason jar, whisk olive oil, vinegar, honey, dijon, salt and pepper together until combined. Note: You can also make the dressing in a mason jar and shake it up.
  • Arrange Salad Ingredients – Place greens, sliced strawberries, onion, almonds, and feta into a large bowl.
  • Add the dressing – Drizzle the honey vinaigrette over the salad green mixture and then toss to combine. Pro Tip: This strawberry summer salad tastes best mixed just before serving. You can mix the salad ingredients, but wait until it’s time to serve before drizzling the dressing then toss to evenly coat the salad and allow the flavors to marry in the bowl.

  • What to Serve with Strawberry SaladThis salad is perfectly paired with a protein and crusty bread. Here are a few of our favorite recipes:
    • Grilled Salmon with Garlic Lime Butter
    • Hamburgers
    • Grilled Steak
    • Salmon Skewers
    • Grilled Pork Tenderloin
    • Steak Kabobs
    • Sourdough Bread
    Make-AheadSince strawberries start to lose their vibrance quickly after they are sliced, strawberry salad tastes best made just before serving. Before the dressing is mixed in, you can store it for one day in the fridge. We like to store the jar in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid – this way if the dressing separates (which is very normal), you can simply shake vigorously until well combined.
    This fresh strawberry salad is so pretty on the plate, you’ll want to take a photo of it and share it on social media (just be sure to tag me so I can see it!). But it’s not just beautiful; it tastes as good as it looks. It’s a keeper!
    More Summer Strawberry RecipesIf you’re looking for a way to use all those ripe, sweet, juicy strawberries, you won’t want to miss these delicious strawberry recipes:
    • Summer Strawberries and Cream
    • Eton Mess (A British Dessert)
    • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
    • Easy Strawberry Cake
    • Strawberry Smoothie
    • Strawberry Jello Cake
    • Strawberry Shortcake