Baby Spinach salad with radishes, walnuts and strawberry mint dressing

 Spring has sprung!! Nothing spells spring like a fresh, crisp salad eaten al fresco. This salad bursts with nutrients and flavor all at once! Omega-3 fatty acids from walnuts and tons of antioxidants from spinach, beets, radishes and strawberries.  The mildly sweet and tart strawberry mint dressing is just the right touch to finish it off!

Pureed fresh strawberries with mint and lime juice are the perfect accompaniment for this refreshing spring salad.

Pureed fresh strawberries with mint and lime juice are the perfect accompaniment for this refreshing spring salad. Copyright © 2015 Sangeeta Pradhan

Makes approximately 8-9, 1 cup servings

Baby spinach with strawberry mint dressing, garnished with walnuts and feta cheese

Baby spinach with strawberry mint dressing, garnished with walnuts and feta cheese. Copyright © 2015 Sangeeta Pradhan

For the salad:

  • 5 oz organic baby spinach
  • 3 beets, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 2-3 large strawberries, leaves removed, sliced.
  • 1/2 cup walnuts + 1 tbsp for garnish
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese + 1 tbsp. for garnish
  • For the dressing: Makes 1 cup of salad dressing
  • 6 large, very ripe strawberries, leaves removed, coarsely chopped
  • 7 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • pinch of salt ( 1/4 tsp or to taste )

Method:

Salad dressing

  1. Puree strawberries along with mint leaves, olive oil, lime juice, salt and sugar to a smooth sauce.
  2. Adjust seasonings as required.
  3. Chill in refrigerator.
  4. Meanwhile combine spinach, radishes, beets, walnuts, strawberries, avocados, and feta cheese in a salad bowl.
  5. Add chilled, prepared strawberry mint dressing.
  6. Garnish with remaining walnuts and feta cheese.
  7. Serve immediately.
Baby spinach with radishes, avocados, walnuts, strawberries and feta cheese dressed with a homemade strawberry-mint sauce. Copyright © 2015 Sangeeta Pradhan

Baby spinach with radishes, avocados, walnuts, strawberries and feta cheese dressed with a homemade strawberry-mint sauce. Copyright © 2015 Sangeeta Pradhan

RD tip: Consider adding grilled chicken or drained and rinsed pinto beans, about 1/2 cup to individual servings to make salad more filling and substantial. Beans add tons of fiber, protein, as well as healthy carbs, potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. Serve with ½ of a high fiber pita pocket to complete this meal.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or registered dietitian for recommendations tailored for your unique needs.
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About Sangeeta Pradhan RD, CDE

Hi there! Welcome to my blog! If you are confused with all the conflicting messages you get bombarded with every day on carbs, fats, proteins, gluten and anything you can think of related to nutrition, look no further! The purpose of my blog is to cut through all this clutter, utilizing scientific, evidence based guidelines to help you, the consumer, navigate the complex, dietary landscape, and thus empower you to make informed decisions.
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