Get ready to fall in love with this Strawberry Kale Salad combination. The recipe combines two types of dark leafy greens – kale and spinach, plus juicy strawberries, buttery avocado, walnuts for crunch, and salty feta cheese. It’s all drizzled with a creamy (and healthy!) poppyseed dressing for ultimate salad satisfaction.

large salad bowl with spinach, kale, strawberry salad topped with feta, red onion, and pecans

If there’s one killer salad combo, it’s this one. There’s not much better than adding sweet, juicy strawberries to a bed of kale and spinach. Because let’s be real, kale and spinach need some dressing up.

Like my kale, quinoa & chickpea salad, this strawberry kale salad checks *almost* all of my boxes for a good salad. It’s got a variety of veggies and a fruit (bonus!), plus healthy fats, and most importantly: flavour, texture, and crunch!

The only thing missing is a protein. I left this out purposely so you can serve this salad as a healthy side dish, or choose your own protein to add if you’re enjoying it as your meal.

large salad bowl with spinach, kale, strawberry salad topped with feta, red onion, and pecans

A True Superfood Salad

Being a Registered Dietitian, it’s impossible for me not to highlight some of the awesome nutrition benefits in this salad:

  • Strawberries: Did you know? Just 8 strawberries offers the same amount of vitamin C as an orange and they’re a good source of fibre, folate, and potassium.
  • Kale: As a cruciferous vegetable, it’s rich in fibre, folate, and antioxidants. Other notable nutrients include vitamin C, vitamin K, and iron.
  • Baby Spinach: Similar to kale, spinach offers folate, antioxidants, vitamin K, and calcium.
  • Walnuts: One of my fav nuts! Walnuts are a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, plus fibre and some bonus plant protein.
  • Avocado: Not only is it delish, avocado is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and it’s also a great source of fibre.
ingredients for spinach kale and strawberry salad

Hot Tip: Massage that Kale!

Sometimes kale salads can be…tough. Kale isn’t naturally very tender, its fibrous and firm. So, to soften it up a bit (and make it much more enjoyable), give it a massage!

The first step in this recipe is to massage the kale with a bit of lemon juice to break it down a bit and make it more tender.

Trying to eat more leafy greens? Try my Garlicky Sautéed Kale & Spinach next!

Dressing for the Kale Strawberry & Spinach Salad:

You’re going to love this dressing. It’s a simple, creamy, and slightly sweet poppyseed dressing made nutritious and high-protein with Greek yogurt. And don’t fret, it’ll only take you 5 minutes to whip up.

Serve it Up With…

This spinach, strawberry and kale salad with poppyseed dressing is the perfect salad to contribute to spring and summer gatherings. It also makes a great at-home side dish!

Serve it alongside grilled chicken, burgers, shrimp, baked fish, and more.

kale spinach strawberry salad topped with creamy poppyseed dressing

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large salad bowl with spinach, kale, strawberry salad topped with feta, red onion, and pecans

Strawberry Kale and Spinach Salad with Feta & Poppyseed Dressing

Get ready to fall in love with this Strawberry Kale Salad combination. The recipe combines two types of dark leafy greens – kale and spinach, plus juicy strawberries, buttery avocado, walnuts for crunch, and salty feta cheese. It's all drizzled with a creamy (and healthy!) poppyseed dressing for ultimate salad satisfaction.
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Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 3 cups kale, chopped, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, to massage kale with
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced or diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions 

  • First prepare the Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing and set aside.
    spoon dripping with poppyseed dressing over a jar of the dressing
  • Add the chopped kale to a large salad bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice on top, then with clean hands massage the kale leaves for 2-3 minutes.
    hand massaging kale in a salad bowl
  • Add in the baby spinach and toss together with the massaged kale leaves.
    massaged kale and baby spinach in a salad bowl
  • Finally, add in the strawberries, avocado, red onion, chopped pecans, and feta cheese.
    kale and spinach salad topped with strawberries, avocado, red onion, pecans, and feta
  • Drizzle salad with the poppyseed dressing and toss, or portion out the salad and pass around the dressing to serve.
    hand pouring poppyseed dressing onto a salad
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