This vegan spinach salad with “chicken” and strawberry dressing is dairy free, gluten free, and soy free, but bursting with flavor! It is surprisingly delicious and makes my whole family eat plate after plate of spinach salad!
It sounds a little weird and maybe a little too sweet, I was skeptical at first too, but you will be surprised by how addicting this salad can be! If you don’t like a sweet dressing, you can reduce the sugar or even leave it out. I’ve found that about 3 TBS of sugar in the whole batch makes it sweet enough that my kids eat plate after plate of spinach!
How do you make strawberry dressing for the vegan spinach salad?
We call this dressing Strawberry Milkshake Dressing in our house, because it sweet, creamy and delicious like a strawberry milkshake, but the vinegar gives it a little kick, so it still tastes like dressing. (If you like poppy seeds, they are great in this dressing too).
The dressing is so simple! Just throw everything into a blender or an immersion blender and mix until creamy!
I have to admit, I have an addiction to the dressing! It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to lick the plate clean!
Every time strawberries are in season, I just make up a container of strawberry dressing and have it in the fridge for strawberry spinach salads.
What do you use for vegan “chicken?”
I grill up some vegan chick’n if I want to make it more of a meal. The chick’n patties from Gardein or the Beyond Meat grilled chick’n strips work well sliced up on the salad.
I love the Butler Soy Curls for this salad too. If you haven’t used them before, they are great for anything that you would make with chicken strips. They come dehydrated and will take on the flavor of the broth that you rehydrate them in. They are gluten free too!
A vegan spinach strawberry "chicken" salad. A delicious summer salad that will get your whole family eating every last bite of spinach!
- 1 5 oz. package of washed baby spinach
- 5 strawberries
- 1 package vegan chick’n strips of choice like Gardein, Beyond Meat, or Butler Soy Curls (optional)
- ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2-4 TBS vegan sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp dry ground mustard powder
- 2 TBS white or wine vinegar
- 3 medium strawberries
- 1 tsp poppy seeds optional
Cook the chick’n strips according to package directions, and let cool (optional).
While chick’n is cooling, put the spinach in a salad bowl.
Slice a few strawberries and mix in with the spinach.
Put oil, sugar, salt, mustard, vinegar, and 3 strawberries in a blender or an immersion blender.
Blend until smooth and creamy. Stir in poppy seeds after blending if desired.
Top the salad with sliced strawberries and chick’n strips.
Pour the dressing over the salad just before eating.
- Do not mix the dressing and the spinach ahead of time.
- Pour dressing just before eating.
- Stir poppy seeds into the dressing after mixing with a blender.
This is a beautiful summer salad to bring to picnics and parties! Just leave the dressing on the side until you are ready to serve it or it will get soggy.
I promise a bowl of spinach will go in minutes with strawberry dressing on this vegan spinach salad!
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