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Sister Night Strawberry Spinach Salad & Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

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A easy and classic recipe of fresh baby spinach, strawberries and toasted pecans with a poppy seed vinaigrette. Serve with grilled chicken to make it an entree!
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled chicken, pecan, salad, spinach, strawberries
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 504
Author Laurie McNamara



  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt to taste


  • 10 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 1 small handful fresh dill chopped
  • 1 pint strawberries quartered (or more)
  • 2 ounces pecan halves toasted
  • 6 grilled chicken breast halves optional


  • Combine the sugar and red wine vinegar in a mini food processor or a glass jar. Add all the seasonings and pulse (or shake), while the food processor is running drizzle in the olive oil in a steady stream.
  • Toss in the poppy seeds and give it a quick pulse. Season with salt to taste.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Toast pecans over medium heat, tossing around until fragrant.
  • In a large bowl, toss the spinach with the chopped dill, add the toasted pecans halves and the quartered strawberries, toss some more.
  • Drizzle with vinaigrette.


*Optional* Serve with sliced grilled chicken breast halves and then top with the vinaigrette. I like to use thin cut chicken breast halves and drizzled them with olive oil and sprinkled them with lemon pepper and grilled them on my grill pan, about 6 minutes per side, or until done. One chicken breast halve per serving.


Serving: 1salad | Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 878mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 4502IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 4mg