Vegan Spinach Salad with “Chicken” and Strawberry Dressing

Vegan Spinach Salad with “Chicken” and Strawberry Dressing

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!

This Spinach Chick’n Salad with Strawberry Milkshake Dressing is vegan, 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! thehiddenveggies.com

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! 

Spinach salad with vegan strawberry dressing.

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).

This vegan spinach salad with vegan "chicken" and strawberry vinaigrette dressing is dairy free, gluten free, and soy free, but bursting with flavor! The strawberry dressing is creamy delicious and will get even veggie haters to love salad! The best way to get your kids to eat spinach for sure! thehiddenveggies.comThe dressing is so simple!  Just throw everything into a blender or an immersion blender and mix until creamy!

Making the strawberry dressing for the spinach salad.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!

Vegan strawberry dressing for the vegan strawberry chicken salad

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. 

A bite of the vegan spinach salad with vegan chicken and strawberry dressing.

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!

VEGAN SPINACH SALAD WITH "CHICKEN" AND STRAWBERRIES
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

A vegan spinach strawberry "chicken" salad.  A delicious summer salad that will get your whole family eating every last bite of spinach!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: gluten free, vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 283 kcal
Author: Monica | The Hidden Veggies
Ingredients
  • 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)
For the dressing:
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Cook the chick’n strips according to package directions, and let cool (optional).
  2. While chick’n is cooling, put the spinach in a salad bowl.
  3. Slice a few strawberries and mix in with the spinach.
Make the dressing:
  1. Put oil, sugar, salt, mustard, vinegar, and 3 strawberries in a blender or an immersion blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. Stir in poppy seeds after blending if desired.
  3. Top the salad with sliced strawberries and chick’n strips.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad just before eating.
Recipe Notes
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
VEGAN SPINACH SALAD WITH "CHICKEN" AND STRAWBERRIES
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 291mg 12%
Potassium 36mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Sugars 7g
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 17.1%
Calcium 1%
Iron 0.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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.

Bowl of vegan spinach salad with strawberries and strawberry dressing.

I promise a bowl of spinach will go in minutes with strawberry dressing on this vegan spinach salad!

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This Spinach Chick’n Salad with Strawberry Milkshake Dressing is vegan, 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! thehiddenveggies.com

 

Want another fresh summery salad recipe?

Try this summery citrus salad with chickpeas and veggie confetti!

This citrus salad with chickpeas and veggie confetti is vegan, gluten free, and soy free too. This is my copycat version of the tri-colored chickpea salad from Costco. It's great to make ahead and keep ready to eat in the fridge. Have a vegan picnic or potluck coming up and need the perfect dish to pass? This is it! thehiddenveggies.com

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