Simple Strawberry Spring Mix Salad

Effortlessly create a nutritious and flavor-packed strawberry spring mix salad with just a handful of ingredients! This easy salad recipe is quick to prepare, making it an ideal choice for serving at your next lunch or brunch.

Strawberry spring mix salad with almonds on small plates.

A salad with simple elegance in every bite!

This strawberry spring salad recipe is a true gem, combining simplicity and elegance in every bite. As we enter the spring and early summer peak season for strawberries, it’s the perfect time to embrace these Vitamin C-packed berry beauties and incorporate them into your regular routine.

Strawberry spring mix salad with toasted almond slices in large white serving bowl.

We are big fans of fresh, flavorful salads here on the blog and this spring mix salad recipe with strawberries has quickly become one of our spring and summer recipe favorites.

Picture this: a bed of crisp spring mix lettuces adorned with luscious red strawberries and a sprinkling of toasted almonds, all harmoniously tossed together with our bright and tangy Balsamic Citrus Vinaigrette dressing.

Strawberry spring salad: a simple and versatile side dish

But wait, there’s more! This easy green salad is like a chameleon, easily adaptable to suit your preferences, and can be bulked up with an array of additional ingredients and toppings.

And this recipe was actually inspired by our quest to find the perfect simple salad to pair with indulgent brunch dishes like savory tart, quiche, and baked eggs.

The fresh flavors of the honey-sweetened strawberries, nutty toasted almonds, and spring mix lettuces delicately dressed with a light aromatic vinaigrette, provide a refreshing contrast to the richness of pastries, eggs, and cheese making it the perfect side dish for brunch.

Strawberry spring mix salad on a plate with almonds.

We recommend making our super easy homemade balsamic citrus vinaigrette recipe for this salad. But hey, we won’t judge if you decide to save even more time by opting for your favorite store-bought balsamic dressing instead. I am a fan of the balsamic vinaigrette from Primal Kitchen.

If you are looking for more delicious salad recipe inspiration, be sure to check out our fresh Spinach and Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan, our summery Lemony Green Bean Salad, our festive Spinach Gorgonzola Salad with Pear and Pomegranate, and our Mango Cucumber Salad with Avocado and Fresh Mint recipes before you go.

What is a spring salad made of?

A spring salad usually consists of fresh leafy greens and herbs, spring vegetables like radishes and carrots, fruits like strawberries or citrus, nuts or seeds for crunch, optional cheese, and a light vinaigrette dressing.

Spring mix salad greens are available in most grocery stores and come with a variety of baby lettuces like romaine, red leaf, green leaf, arugula, spinach, chard, mizuna, radicchio, and butter lettuces.

Strawberry spring mix salad ingredients.

Salad ingredients

*For the full list of ingredients and quantities see the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Spring mix salad greens

To create the base of your salad. Most blends typically include a combination of mild, sweet leaves and bitter or peppery leaves, and tender baby lettuce leaves. The mix of textures and flavors will elevate every forkful.

Fresh strawberries

Look for ripe, juicy strawberries that are at the peak of their sweetness. Their natural tang and vibrant color will lend a burst of freshness to the salad.

Honey

A drizzle of golden honey on the strawberries adds a touch of natural sweetness, complementing the strawberries and balancing the flavors. Adjust the amount based on your preference for sweetness.

Sliced almonds

Toasted almond slices provide a delightful crunch and nutty flavor to the salad. Make sure to lightly toast them beforehand to enhance their taste and texture.

Balsamic citrus vinaigrette in a white ramekin with spoon, strawberry salad, honey jar, and sliced oranges.

Salad dressing

A light vinaigrette is recommended for this recipe. Our own easy balsamic citrus vinaigrette is a perfect match (dressing ingredients below). Poppyseed dressing and raspberry vinaigrette are good options. Or just try it with your favorite salad dressing!

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Orange – fresh squeezed juice and zest
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Fresh mint (optional)

This ingredient is completely optional, but oh so worth it! Mint brings a burst of coolness and a fresh herbal flavor that adds an extra layer of complexity to the salad.

Substitutions and variations

Fruit substitutions

Instead of strawberries, experiment with other fresh berries like raspberries and blueberries and fruits like sliced peaches, nectarines, or even pomegranate seeds. Choose fruits that are in season and complement the flavors of the salad.

Nut substitutions

Swap out the toasted almonds for different nuts or seeds such as pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, poppy seeds, or sunflower seeds. These alternatives will offer a unique taste and texture to complement the other ingredients.

Strawberries, spring mix greens, and toasted almonds in a large white bowl.

Greens substitutions

Experiment with different greens based on your preference or what’s available. Instead of the traditional spring mix, you can use baby spinach, arugula, romaine lettuce, or a combination of your favorite salad greens.

Cheese variations

Consider adding some cheese to your salad for added flavor. Crumbled cheeses like feta cheese, goat cheese, or gorgonzola blue cheese can add a creamy and tangy element to the salad.

Dressing variations

Instead of the balsamic citrus vinaigrette dressing, you can try other dressings like honey mustard dressing, raspberry vinaigrette, or creamy poppy seed dressing. Each dressing will impart a distinct flavor profile to the salad.

Additional ingredients

Customize your salad by adding complementary ingredients like thinly sliced red onions, avocado slices, roasted beets, or grilled chicken for added protein.

By incorporating these substitutions and variations, you can create a diverse range of flavor combinations and make the salad truly your own. Don’t be afraid to get creative and customize the salad to your liking!

How to make strawberry spring mix salad step-by-step

Time needed: 15 minutes

  1. Toast the almonds.

    Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Evenly distribute the almond slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Toast them for about 5-7 minutes until golden brown and fragrant. Keep a close eye on them to prevent burning, as almonds can quickly go from toasted to burned. Transfer to a plate to cool.Toasted sliced almonds on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Make the balsamic citrus vinaigrette (if using).

    Zest the orange so you have enough for 1 tablespoon of zest. Then squeeze the orange until you have about 1/3 cup juice. In a small mixing bowl whisk together all of the dressing ingredients-orange juice and zest, balsamic vinegar, honey, and salt-until well combined. (Alternatively, shake the ingredients together in a small mason jar).
    Balsamic citrus vinaigrette with half an orange, citrus squeezer, and vinaigrette ingredients in the background.

  3. Prepare the strawberries.

    In a small bowl, combine the strawberries and honey until they are lightly coated in the honey.

  4. Assemble the salad.

    In a large salad bowl combine the spring mix greens, strawberries, toasted almonds, and chopped mint. Then drizzle and toss with the dressing. (Alternatively, plate the dressed spring greens and then top with the strawberry slices and sprinkle with a few extra almonds for an eye-pleasing presentation). Drizzling vinaigrette over strawberry spring mix salad in large mixing bowl.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

    Elevate the presentation by serving the strawberry spring salad on individual plates. It adds a touch of elegance and enhances the dining experience.

Strawberry Spring Mix Salad

Effortlessly create a nutritious and flavor-packed strawberry spring mix salad with just a handful of ingredients! This easy salad recipe is quick to prepare, making it an ideal choice for your next lunch or brunch.
By: AllieAllie Cleveland
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 161 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the salad

  • cup sliced almonds
  • 1 quart strawberries cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 10 oz spring mix salad greens
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint finely chopped (optional)

For the balsamic citrus vinaigrette

Instructions
 

For the balsamic citrus vinaigrette (if using)

  • Zest the orange so you have enough for 1 tablespoon of zest. Then squeeze the orange until you have about 1/3 cup juice. In a small mixing bowl whisk together all of the dressing ingredients-orange juice and zest, balsamic vinegar, honey, and salt-until well combined. (Alternatively, shake the ingredients together in a small mason jar).

For the salad

  • Toast the almonds: Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Evenly distribute the almond slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Toast them for about 5-7 minutes until golden brown and fragrant. Keep a close eye on them to prevent burning, as almonds can quickly go from toasted to burned. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine the strawberries with the honey until they are lightly coated in the honey.
  • Assemble the salad: In a large salad bowl combine the spring mix greens, strawberries, toasted almonds, and chopped mint. Then drizzle and toss with the dressing. (Alternatively, plate the dressed spring greens and then top with the strawberry slices and sprinkle with a few extra almonds for an eye-pleasing presentation).
  • Serve and enjoy: Elevate the presentation by serving the strawberry spring salad on individual plates. It adds a touch of elegance and enhances the dining experience.

Recipe Notes

Leftovers and storage
If the salad is dressed it is best to consume immediately as it will begin to wilt and become soggy. So try to keep any extra salad separate from the dressing if possible.
Store the undressed salad and dressing separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. It is best to consume the salad within 1-2 days to enjoy optimal taste and texture. The dressing can be stored for up to a week in the fridge.
Substitutions and variations
  • Greens – spinach, arugula, romaine, or butter lettuce.
  • Fruit – blueberries, raspberries, peaches, or pomegranate seeds.
  • Nuts – pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, or sunflower seeds.
  • Cheese – feta, goat cheese, sharp cheddar, or blue cheese.
  • Dressing – champagne vinaigrette, raspberry vinaigrette, or poppyseed dressing.
  • Additional – red onion, avocado, beets, and grilled chicken.
 
*Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Maplevine Kitchen makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.3g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 11.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 3.7g | Sugar: 9.8g | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg

*Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Maplevine Kitchen makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Keyword brunch, easy salad, side salad, spring mix, strawberry
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Close up shot of strawberry spring salad with a fork and lace napkin.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of lettuce is in a spring mix?

Spring mix, also known as mesclun, generally consists of a blend of various young and tender baby greens like spinach, arugula, romaine, red and green leaf lettuce, lollo rossa, chard, frisée, mizuna, and radicchio. The specific combination may vary based on the brand or region, but these are some common types of lettuces and greens you might find in a spring mix.


Why is it called spring mix?

“Spring mix” is the perfect name for this salad blend as it captures its association with the spring season. It is composed of young lettuces and greens that flourish abundantly during springtime, ensuring optimal freshness and flavor. With its evocative name, spring mix has gained popularity as a go-to choice for those seeking light, refreshing, and seasonal salads that perfectly embody the freshness and renewal of spring.

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