I don’t know about you, but when the weather begins to get warmer my appetite for those wintery comfort foods sort of goes away. What a perfect time for a refreshing Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Honey-Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing – and a nicely chilled bottle of wine!

This is my unofficial start to summer. What could be better than sweet strawberries, toasted pecans, tangy feta, and a lovely honey-balsamic poppy seed dressing?

You can consider this recipe more of an adjustable, go-with-your-own preference on fruits and vegetables rather than a strict and rigid recipe.


  • Spinach
  • Strawberries. Buy the juiciest, ripest fruit you can find . To change it up  you can add blueberries, raspberries, dried cranberries – you choose.
  • Toasted Pecans – the necessary crunchy element.
  • Feta – the key to a truly satisfying salad.
  • Red Onion – gives this healthy strawberry spinach salad a friendly bite.
  • Balsamic and strawberries are fabulous together. The acidity of the dressing adds a nice balance.
  • Roasted Chicken – can be added if you like.
  • Vegetables – any vegetables that are fresh and in season can be added, again you choose.

Oh, and the WinePinot noir is a good choice!