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Strawberry Spinach Salad w/ Berry Basil Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad in serving bowl

Fresh and yummy salads are a great way to eat clean, and stick to that resolution you made not so long ago! This strawberry spinach salad will not disappoint, with it’s nutritious and wholesome ingredients. It really packs a punch in the protein department featuring quinoa, black beans AND almonds! Plus the spinach and black beans also provide a healthy dose of iron. All the while, keeping this dish vegan friendly and gluten free.

Strawberry Spinach Salad in serving bowl with scattered almonds

This strawberry spinach salad is accompanied by an amazing strawberry basil dressing that is oil free and low in calories! The dressing itself is made using only THREE ingredients plus water to thin it out. But if you think that only 3 ingredients means this dressing is anything but flavourful, think again. Or better yet, just try it! The method is super simple too, just add your ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. I use a Vitamix, but any high powered blender will do. Now if you really, really, don’t have the time to make the dressing, I recommend this amazing Strawberry Fig Balsamic Glaze by Nonna Pia. It’s so tasty! Plus it’s GMO free, gluten free and oil free!

Now if anyone is wondering about soaking the almonds.

If you’re short on time, and you can’t spare the 10 minutes you need to soak the almonds, you can skip this step. Soaking the almonds in boiling hot water allows them to soften slightly. I find salads a little easier to eat when the nuts have been soaked. Plus, the soaking process helps the nut to release nutrients more easily. So in theory, you’d be able to absorb the nutrients into your body better as well.

I really hope you enjoy this fresh and delicious salad! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

For more healthy salads & dressings, check out these!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad in serving bowl

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Basil Dressing

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: gluten free, oil free, refined sugar free, vegan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
This fresh and tasty strawberry spinach salad is drizzled in a delicious 3 ingredient strawberry basil dressing, that is oh so good!
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Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1.5 cups quinoa cooked
  • 1 cup purple cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds soaked in boiling water 10 mins then drained
  • 1 can black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped (or parsley)
  • 5 strawberries sliced

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries sliced
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2-4 tbsp water

Instructions

For the Salad

  • Layer all your ingredients in the order listed in a serving dish or bowl.

For the Dressing

  • Add all the ingredients to your blender, starting with 2 tablespoons of the water and process until pureed and smooth. Add more water until desired consistency is achieved. Drizzle over your salad or serve separately so everyone can dress their own.
Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1330IU | Vitamin C: 50.2mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 4.5mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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