Spinach Strawberry Avocado Salad

Ever since I got married 6 years ago, all of my family has been more than a thousand miles away. At first, I was horribly lonesome. Even though I loved my husband and really liked living in Florida, I cried like a baby from homesickness. Over time, I had to get used to it, but this year, my sister got married and joined me here in Florida. What a surprise!

The newlyweds now live just a little over half an hour away and we can see each other anytime. I never knew what it was like to have a sister living within driving distance, since the last time I was still living with my parents, we were all under one roof.  Then I spent all my married life being the sister that lives far away and visits a few times a year. Thank God that we live in the modern world and can talk on the phone, text anytime and overcoming more than a thousand miles is not that difficult or impossible.

It’s such a treat to be able to see Milana anytime. We go shopping together, get our nails done, make big batches of food to store in the freezer for easy and quick dinner options later on, or simply sit together and talk. Simply knowing that my very own SISTER is nearby is such a comforting thought.

With all my sisters at Milana’s wedding

Now that I’ve bared my soul, let’s talk about the recipe.

Not too long ago, Milana and Andrey invited us over for dinner. She is a wonderful cook and it’s awesome trying all her new creations. She served this salad and we all LOVED it.

Since then, we’ve had a family reunion this Thanksgiving.  My brother was marrying here in Florida that weekend (yes, my brother lives in Florida now too. TWO siblings in Florida! Wow! I’m still getting used to the idea.). Milana made this salad for the whole clan and it was a big hit.

Tender spinach leaves pair wonderfully with the sweet strawberries and tomatoes, creamy avocado and crunchy, toasted almonds. There are so many different textures in this salad and they all comes together with a tangy and sweet dressing, made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic, lemon juice and Dijon mustard.

Ingredients: 

1 box/bag spinach or spring greens mix
1/2 (1 lb) box strawberries
1-2 avocados
1/2 lemon, to squeeze over the avocado
1/8 cup toasted almonds
1 small box grape tomatoes
1 large shallot or small or half red onion
Balsamic Mustard Dressing:
2 Tablespoons mustard
1 garlic clove
2-3 Tablespoons honey
2-3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice
salt, pepper

Instructions:

Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together. Set aside.

Cut the avocado in half, score and scoop it out. Squeeze the lemon juice over the avocado, this will keep it from browning too quickly. Top the spinach/spring greens with sliced strawberries, avocado, tomatoes, shallot/red onion and toasted almonds. Drizzle with the dressing. 


Spinach Strawberry Avocado Salad
 
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Recipe type: Sides
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 box/bag spinach or spring greens mix
  • ½ (1 lb) box strawberries
  • 1-2 avocados
  • ½ lemon, to squeeze over the avocado
  • ⅛ cup toasted almonds
  • 1 small box grape tomatoes
  • 1 large shallot or small or half red onion
Balsamic Mustard Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt, pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together. Set aside.
  2. Cut the avocado in half, score and scoop it out. Squeeze the lemon juice over the avocado, this will keep it from browning too quickly.
  3. Top the spinach/spring greens with sliced strawberries, avocado, tomatoes, shallot/red onion and toasted almonds.
  4. Drizzle with the dressing.

 
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Comments

  1. Alena says

    Wow!! so easy and simple, going on my to do list now:)
    thank you for sharing and you girls looks gorgeous, i love your sisters wedding dress:)

  2. Natasha Y says

    I will definitely try this salad dressing, since I’m not a big fan of ranch/Caesar dressing.

    You and sister Milana look alike a lot, I’m glad you have a sister and a brother living nearby! I know what it’s like not to have your family close, my family lives 2000 miles away and I don’t see them a lot!

  3. Alena says

    Awesome!! :) made this last night and it was really good, my husband loved it too :)

    thank you and Be Blessed my dear:)

  4. Oksana says

    Hi Olya, I made this salad tonight for my family and it was a huge hit. Wow thank you for the recipe.

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