Strawberry Spinach Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan. Gluten-Free} Strawberry Spinach Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This strawberry spinach salad comes together quickly and easily, and is topped with a sweet and simple maple vinaigrette.

{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan. Gluten-Free} This strawberry spinach salad comes together quickly and easily, and is topped with a sweet and simple maple vinaigrette.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste: In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’re challenging ReDux members to show how they reduce food waste. Whatever you would normally toss, use it up. Share tips for reducing food waste in meal planning, prep or using up scraps.

I think we all want to cut down on food waste. Nobody wants to throw their money away. Lives are busy, though, and it’s easy for things to get ahead of us. Meals that are planned don’t always get made, so we can end up with a fridge full of things that haven’t been used. I know the feeling: I always seem to have that one bag of spinach that I never got around to opening, and I also tend to over-purchase produce. I’m a vegetarian and I use a ton of veggies, but I almost always buy slightly more than I really need.

It’s always the same. The day before a grocery run, I am overwhelmed by the produce I need to use up. It hasn’t gone bad, but it has seen better days, and I need to find a way to get rid of it without throwing it away. One of the best easy fixes is to whip up a salad.

Salads are a great way to eat more fruit and veggies– especially the fruit and veggies sitting around in your fridge. Another wonderful thing about salads is that they’re guidelines– you can always switch them up to work with what you have on hand.

The fruit in this salad gave me an excuse to go a little sweeter than I usually do with the dressing, and this maple vinaigrette is a simple and easy way to make a salad pop.

Honor Earth Day by celebrating with the food you already have! 🙂


Strawberry Spinach Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

    for the salad:
  • 8 oz. fresh spinach
  • ½ cup strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ cup grapes, halved
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • any other fruits and vegetables of choice
    for the dressing:
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, toss the spinach, strawberries, and grapes together with any other fruits and veggies you choose. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the syrup, vinegar, and mustard together, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Divide salad equally and drizzle with the dressing; top with almonds and sunflower seeds.
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{Healthy, Low Calorie, Vegan. Gluten-Free} This strawberry spinach salad comes together quickly and easily, and is topped with a sweet and simple maple vinaigrette.

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21 comments

  1. jeanie says:

    This post is the best news ever for me! Until I have my surgery in another week or so, I am on no-fat diet. And maple syrup and vinegar are allowed. I had been foregoing salad dressings but I think I might make this one today! Thanks! ~jeanie from Marmelade Gypsy

  2. Andrea says:

    Sounds delicious! Spinach and strawberries will be in season soon to so it’s a great recipe for those trying to eat locally or from their garden.

  3. Kimmythevegan says:

    Simple, yet delicious! What a great sounding salad. And perfect for spring!
    I am getting a lot better about reducing my waste, but I undoubtedly always have a bit of leftover at the end of the week too. Life just sometimes gets in the way of meal planning, right?
    This is a great way to use up some leftover produce.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays, Courtney. As this is the last one, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all of your sharing with us and being a loyal HVFer. I am so glad we have “met” and I hope to continue to be good blogging buddies =)
    Pinning & sharing!

  4. Heather says:

    This salad has all of my favorite ingredients in it, how delicious! We also like to eat salads to use up produce. We get organic produce delivered to our house weekly, so I like to plan a salad to use up the some of the new, fresh fruit and veggies. We’ll definitely be coming back to this!

  5. Laurie says:

    Oh wow! This looks like salad perfection! Pinning to share. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with us this week Courtney!

  6. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday! Your post will be pinned to the Full Plate Thursday Features Board and sure hope you enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

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