Fresh, quick, and easy raspberry and strawberry spinach salad with dairy free poppyseed dressing is perfect for a light lunch or dinner. Packed with nutrients and super delicious.
This fresh, healthy, and delicious dairy free salad is perfect for a quick lunch or light dinner Packed with nutrient-rich spinach and sweet, juice raspberries and strawberries, this salad is the perfect combination of tangy and sweet. Plus, with a creamy dairy-free poppy seed dressing, it’s a salad you can enjoy all week long.
Free from: Wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks, celery, corn, sesame, mustard, lupin, sulfites, nightshades, tomatoes, and more
This classic spinach salad is not only delicious but also beautiful with all the vibrant colors and textures. It’s the perfect meal for anyone looking for a healthy and tasty way to add more greens into their diet.
This makes the perfect side salad to healthy dinners or summertime get togethers. In the mood for more salad recipes with homemade dressings? Check out my Fuji Apple Salad with Balsamic Vinegar dressing or my Green Goddess Salad.
Why You’ll Love this Spinach Salad
- Bright, fresh, and colorful
- Full of healthy ingredients
- Perfect for lunch or dinner
- Dairy free, Gluten free, Top 9 Allergy Friendly
Here is a quick rundown of the things you will need to make this salad. I love that all the ingredients are ones I can easily get from my local grocery store.
- For the Salad Ingredients: Spinach! I love to mix in some arugula as well. Any combination of spinach and leafy greens is perfect. Then add red onions, avocado slices, raspberries, and freeze dried strawberries for a fun crunch!
- For the Poppyseed Dressing Ingredients: Start with a base of an unflavored and unsweetened dairy free yogurt. Soy and coconut based yogurts both are excellent. Then add maple syrup for sweetness, a bit of apple cider vinegar for acidity, and the poppyseeds, of course!
Tip! If you love red onions but don’t love the burn, rinse the sliced red onions under cool water for a few minutes. This will remove the majority of the sulfur that causes the burn but keeps the fresh, crisp onion flavor.
Allergy Substitutions & Variations
If you are not allergic to nuts, adding ingredients like slivered almonds, walnuts, or pecans can be delicious.
If you are avoiding nuts but still want something crunchy, try this salad with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds!
In place of maple syrup, you can use date syrup, brown rice syrup, or agave nectar. Honey would also be a good swap.
For a refreshing twist, adding slices of mandarin oranges is a really lovely addition.
This is a quick look at how to make the recipe. For the full instructions, complete with recipe measurements, please see the recipe card below.
First up, make the poppyseed dressing.
In a small bowl, whisk together the dairy free yogurt, the maple syrup, the apple cider vinegar, and the poppyseeds. This comes together pretty quickly. If you like a more thick dressing, feel free to add up to double the amount of yogurt.
Alternatively, you can add the dressing ingredients into a mason jar, close the lid tight, and shake the dressing to combine. I love doing this because any leftover dressing is already in a container.
Next up is assembling the salad. In a large bowl, or on your individual plate, place the salad greens. Top with slices of avocado, red onion, raspberries, strawberries, and vegan feta (if you like).
Drizzle the poppyseed dressing on top and you are done!
What to Serve with this Salad
There are so many ways to jazz up this salad! Add some leftover chicken, hard-boiled eggs, some crispy bacon bits, some vegetarian bacon, some baked BBQ tofu, or fresh mushrooms for protein. Change up the feta cheese for blue cheese or goat cheese. Or don’t add cheese at all!
If you aren’t allergic to nuts, I recommend either slivered almonds or walnuts or pecans for some extra crunch.
Make Ahead & Storage
Make this salad in advance by washing the greens, chopping all fruits and vegetables, and mixing up the dressing. Just store them all in the fridge and in a separate container. Then, when ready to serve, assemble the prepared ingredients.
Store any leftover salad dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Make sure to give it a quick whisk and mix again before topping another salad.
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- 2 cups spinach
- ¼ cup raspberries
- ¼ cup dried strawberries
- 2 tablespoons feta dairy free
- ¼ cup red onion slivered
- ¼ avocado
- ½ cup plain yogurt dairy free, plain, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons poppyseeds
- Pinch salt and onion powder
- Prepare the Poppyseed Dressing. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the dairy free yogurt, the apple cider vinegar, the maple syrup, poppyseeds, pinch of salt and onion powder. Mix well. Alternatively, you can add all the ingredients to a mason jar with a tight lid and shake it together.
- Assemble the Salad. Place the spinach (or other mixed greens) in a serving bowl. Add the chopped fruit, vegetables, and drizzle with prepared dressing. Toss lightly to combine. Serve immediately, with extra dressing and toppings on the side. Enjoy!
- Make Ahead & Storage
- Make this salad in advance by washing the greens, chopping all fruits and vegetables, and mixing up the dressing. Just store them all in the fridge and in a separate container. Then, when ready to serve, assemble the prepared ingredients.
- Store any leftover salad dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Make sure to give it a quick whisk and mix again before topping another salad.
- Allergy Substitutions & Variations
- If you are not allergic to nuts, adding ingredients like slivered almonds, walnuts, or pecans can be delicious.
- If you are avoiding nuts but still want something crunchy, try this salad with pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds!
- In place of maple syrup, you can use date syrup, brown rice syrup, or agave nectar. Honey would also be a good swap.
- For a refreshing twist, adding slices of mandarin oranges is a really lovely addition.
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