Strawberry avocado salad is the ultimate summer salad -- light, vibrant, and fresh. It's loaded with market-fresh strawberries, ripe avocados, crumbled feta, and crunchy pecans, all tossed in a homemade poppy seed dressing. Ready in just 10 minutes, this salad is perfect for a light summer lunch, side dish, or a complete meal with some grilled protein.
Why You'll Love Strawberry Avocado Salad
- Vibrant, fresh ingredients Just look at that gorgeous color palate, it is almost too pretty to eat. The combination of fresh-from-the-market strawberries with creamy avocado are just the perfect pairing. Throw some tangy feta cheese and crunchy pecans to the mix and you have an impeccable flavor profile.
- It’s quick and easy. The best strawberry avocado salad is so easy to make. It takes just 10 minutes to prep and toss together and that includes the homemade poppy seed dressing. The result? A sweet, tangy, and flavorful salad that just screams summer.
- Packed with essential nutrients. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, manganese, folate, and potassium. They are also packed with antioxidants and other minerals for major health benefits.
Ingredients and Substitutions
To make this delicious summery strawberry avocado salad, you will need the following ingredients:
- spring mix salad greens - you can replace this with any greens that you have on hand -- try spinach, romaine lettuce, or even arugula for a kick.
- strawberries - the addition of bright, red, in season strawberries gives a regular mixed greens salad a major upgrade. You can also substitute this with any other berries you have on hand, or mix and match with different berries such as blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries.
- feta cheese - you can substitute this with goat cheese or blue cheese if you prefer.
- pecans - you can substitute this with your favorite nuts. Try sliced almonds, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds.
- poppy seed dressing - you can use either store-bought dressing or homemade. It's really easy to make poppy seed dressing at home in just a couple of minutes using olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, poppy seeds, salt and pepper.
Like most of our salads, this one is completely customizable. Feel free to add in other vegetables to the mix. Some of my favorites to add this salad include red onions and cucumbers.
How to Make the Best Strawberry Avocado Salad
To make this salad, first combine the salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl or serving dish (salad greens, strawberries, avocado, feta, and pecans). Then, make the poppy seed dressing by stirring to combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. Pour the poppy seed dressing on top of the salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
How to Serve
You can serve this strawberry avocado salad as is as a light lunch or a side salad. But if you are looking for a more wholesome meal, feel free to add in some protein like grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, salmon, or tofu.
If you are looking for summer recipes to pair this salad with, there are so many options. Some of my favorites for a summer potluck or picnic include:
- Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
- Teriyaki Chicken Skewers with Pineapple
- The Best Ribeye Steak
- Greek Salmon
- Korean Chicken Skewers
- Fish Burgers with Creamy Slaw
- Make ahead instructions: To make this salad ahead of time, I would suggest prepping and chopping the vegetables (with the exception of avocado), make the dressing, and store in separate airtight containers. When ready to serve, chop up your avocado, pour the dressing on top and toss. The reason I would leave the avocado for the end is because depending on how long you store the salad, it could start to brown.
- How to store: Strawberry avocado salad is best served fresh. If you happen to have any leftovers, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
More Salad Recipes
- Watermelon Feta Salad
- Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad
- Summer Corn Salad
- Thai Mango Salad
- Lemon Kale Salad
- Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This post was first published in 2017. It has been completely updated with fresh content.