Made with simple wholesome ingredients, this delicious Strawberry Spinach Salad is low carb, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, nutritious and loaded with flavor!
I don't know about you, but I am all about salads these days. I love to eat them all year long, the problem is I tend to get bored really easily.
Another problem for me is that you always have to have a variety of fresh veggies available. Don't get me wrong, I always some vegetables in my house, but my kids eat so much that it's hard to keep up.
I already go to the store several times a week as it is and this is why I need to have my salads planned and organized. I am not saying they need to be elaborate and fancy, you only need simple, healthy ingredients to make the perfect salad.
Just like this beauty.
The one thing I always have in my house is spinach. My kids and I use spinach in salads, smoothies, quiches..you name it.
That is why I knew I had to use spinach as the base of this gorgeous salad. It doesn't have a strong taste, gives a slight crunch and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients.
I just love its bright green color too which allows it to create a beautiful salad.
A beautiful, vibrant, delicious salad made with all real, wholesome ingredients.
I knew I wanted to keep the dressing clean and light and I am so thrilled with the end product. I also wanted to keep it completely plant based but something different than my typical lemon and olive oil (which I will always love!)
I know many of us are looking to clean up their diets after the holidays which is exactly what inspired me to create this recipe. Remember to create small, realistic, short-term goals instead of unrealistic lofty resolutions.
Short terms goals are much more attainable which in the end tend to result in success. No one needs to feel guilty for not losing an unrealistic goal of losing 25 pounds in a month.
I highly recommend soaking the sunflower seeds in water and a little salt for at least 3 hours, if not overnight. I know what you’re thinking, why bother with another step?
Soaking seeds (and nuts) before eating them helps with digestion by removing the phytic acid which can upset the lining of your stomach and prevent proper digestion of nuts and seeds (and therefore not being able to absorb all of the crucial nutrients).
You don’t have to soak them, it’s completely optional, but feel free to read this article and learn more about the benefits. When I soak my seeds I like to soak them overnight, but soaking for several hours will also work.
I also explain about soaking seeds in my post where I show you how to make Sunflower Seed Butter. My family loves Sunflower Seed Butter so much and it's allergy friendly and perfect to bring to parties and gatherings.
If you happen to use a different seed for the dressing (I am thinking about pumpkin seeds especially) please let me know. I always appreciate hearing about your substitutions and how they came out.
What I love the most about the dressing is that it's light and creamy, without any cream in it at all.
You can go ahead and add grilled chicken, shrimp or even steak to this salad if you'd like increase the protein. Better yet, go ahead and add some feta cheese if you can tolerate dairy.
I just looooooove feta cheese.
Or leave this salad the way it is in all of its vegan, plant-based beauty. It's your call.
This salad is completely customizable and serves as the perfect base for all of your salads. You really can not go wrong with strawberry and spinach.
Although you may want to substitute another nut for the sliced almonds in here because you have an allergy or you don't have any in the house, I don't recommend cutting them out entirely. The nuts add wonderful crunch in this salad.
- 3 ounces fresh baby spinach
- 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
- 1 avocado, chopped
- ¼ red onion
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, preferably soaked in water and salt for at leats 3 hours, if not overnight
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1 ¾ cup water
- 4 tabelspoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- To prepare the dressing, place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until a smooth sauce.
- Chop strawberries in bite-size pieces and the onion in thin slices. To reduce the intensity of raw red onion, soak the slices in cool or warm water for 10 minutes before using.
- Place all the ingredients in a serving bowl. Drizzle the top with sunflower seed dressing. Top with fresh cracked pepper and sprinkle of salt.
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