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    This strawberry spinach salad is tossed with honey balsamic vinaigrette, and it’s so delicious and easy to make. It is naturally gluten-free, paleo-friendly and vegetarian, although it is great served with grilled chicken too.

    Spring is probably my favorite season! Not only is everything bursting with life – trees and flowers are blooming, but also produce is much more abundant and tastes better. I have made it my priority to eat more leafy greens in spring and summer. After a cold and gray winter and a season full of often heavier comfort food, I am always so ready for some more green in my life and leafy greens on my plate.

    You can also incorporate to eat more leafy greens in your diet – whether a salad for lunch/dinner with some protein, a green smoothie for breakfast, or you can also add greens as a side dish or in soups.

    The most popular leafy greens are: spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, beet greens, parsley, arugula, romaine lettuce, green and red leaf lettuce, dandelion greens.

    Why Eat Leafy Greens?

    Here are a few of my reasons:

    • Disease prevention. Leafy greens are packed with fiber, nutrients and vitamins like A, B2, B6, C, E, K, folate, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc. Eating a serving of greens a day can reduce your risk of a cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and help you maintain an overall good health. The USDA food pyramid suggests a minimum of  2 cups of dark green vegetables per week. Most health experts agree that the amount of leafy greens we should eat is much higher than the recommended 2 cups per week. Most Americans fall short of this recommendation. My husband and I eat started incorporating more leafy greens recently. We drink about 2 green smoothies a day and eat a salad or a side of greens.
    • Weight control. Leafy greens are extremely low in calories and high in nutrients. If you make them a baseline for your lunch or dinner, weight control will be a breeze.
    • Youthful Skin. Greens like Spinach, Kale and Swiss Chard contain antioxidants including beta carotene, which helps repair and renew your skin. They also contain folate, a vital nutrient for DNA repair and lutein, which balances the lipids in the skin, increasing hydration and elasticity.

    This lovely and fresh strawberry spinach salad just sings of spring. And when you know you are fueling your body with healthy nutrients and it tastes this delicious? Well, I don’t know if it gets any better than that! I hope you all enjoy it!

    How To Make Strawberry Spinach Salad

    What you need

    Salad

    2 cups spinach

    1 cup strawberries, sliced

    1/4 large onion, sliced

    1 cup pecans, halved

    feta cheese (or gorgonzola cheese)

    4 medium grilled chicken breasts, sliced (optional)

    Dressing

    1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

    3 Tbsp honey

    1 tsp garlic powder

    pinch of ground mustard

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Preparation

    In a medium bowl combine the spinach, strawberries, and onion. Sprinkle feta cheese and pecans on top.

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    In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and mix well. Drizzle the honey vinaigrette on top of the salad and serve immediately.

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    You can also serve this strawberry spinach salad with a grilled chicken breast.

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    Strawberry Spinach Salad

    This strawberry spinach salad is tossed with honey balsamic vinaigrette, and it’s so delicious and easy to make. It is naturally gluten-free, paleo-friendly and it is great served with grilled chicken.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 30 minutes
    Servings 4
    Calories 1128kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • In a medium bowl combine the spinach, strawberries, and onion. Sprinkle feta cheese and pecans on top.
    • In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and mix well. Drizzle the honey vinaigrette on top of the salad and serve immediately.
    • You can also serve this strawberry spinach salad with a grilled chicken breast.

    NUTRITION

    Serving: 384g | Calories: 1128kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.5g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 90g | Saturated Fat: 13.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 76.5g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 557mg | Fiber: 8.9g | Sugar: 18.3g
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Spring, Summer, Whole30

     

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    Christina @ Bake with Christina

    5 stars
    That salad looks so refreshing and delicious! I love strawberries in my salad!! 🙂

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks Christina! 🙂

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