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.
- A salad with simple elegance in every bite!
- Strawberry spring salad: a simple and versatile side dish
- What is a spring salad made of?
- Salad ingredients
- How to make strawberry spring mix salad step-by-step
- Frequently asked questions
- Substitutions and variations
- Leftovers and storage
- More Maplevine Kitchen favorites
- Recipe card
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
How to make strawberry spring mix salad step-by-step
Time needed: 15 minutes
- 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.
- 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).
- Prepare the strawberries.
In a small bowl, combine the strawberries and 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.
Frequently asked questions
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.
Substitutions and variations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Strawberry Spring Mix Salad
For the salad
- ⅓ 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 (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.
- 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.