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The Tastiest Spinach, Berry And Melon Salad

Bright and colourful, tasty and healthy, this spinach salad is one that you’ll be taking with you to your next BBQ with friends. It’s the perfect blend of crunchy, sweet and savoury.

Last summer we were invited to a BBQ, and I was asked to bring a salad. Friend, I LOVE salads in the summer, between the freshness of the produce, and the how flavourful the fruits and veggies are that time of year, a salad is SO refreshing.

Combining berries, fresh melon and spinach are how I went about putting this salad recipe together. Of course, these were ingredients I had in my fridge… because as I always say, “get creative with your food“.

spinach-salad

WHAT GOES GOOD WITH SPINACH

Best texture, taste and flavour.

I honestly combine spinach with pretty much anything. From smoothies to omelettes, stir-fry’s and more, the options are endless. And of course, spinach salad.

You can finely chop spinach and add it to things like meatloaves, meatballs, pasta sauces and more. It is so easy to sneak into anything without anyone noticing and everyone reaping its amazing nutritional benefits.

Just make sure you finely chop it, it will wilt on its own as it cooks, and boom… you got the kids and perhaps husband fooled.

HOW TO MAKE SPINACH SALAD

Ingredient list and optional add-ins.

Of course, spinach is the main focus of this dish, but not just spinach alone. Between the added fruits, cheese, and spices, the options of other add-ins will have you making this salad over and over again.

Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Red Onion
  • Feta Cheese
  • Black Pepper

Some other optional add-ins for this recipe include:

  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Blue Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Cherry Tomato
  • Green Onion
  • Black Olives

Depending on what you add with definitely define the taste more. For example, if you aren’t a fan of red onion then sub it for green onion.

Inputting this salad recipe together, I wanted to put together my own dressing too. This was simple, using only the ingredients I had in my fridge and pantry.

Ingredients:

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parsley Flakes
spinach-salad

CAN YOU MAKE SPINACH SALAD AHEAD OF TIME

Quick, easy and healthy recipe, great for meal prep.

One thing I love about this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time. It is great for meal prep and goes over well. If you are someone who runs low on time and you need to bring a salad along to a gathering this recipe can be made the day before.

The same goes for the dressing. You can make this in advance. It is better made before and letting marinade so that all the flavours come together. Before serving the dressing with the salad, let it come to room temperature and shake really well in the jar or container that it is stored in.

PS. Here are some other recipes you might be interested in trying out:

Spinach Berry Melon Salad

Spinach Berry Melon Salad

Bright and colourful, tasty and healthy, this spinach salad is one that you’ll be taking with you to your next BBQ with friends. It’s the perfect blend of crunchy, sweet, and savoury.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Spinach
  • 1/4 cup Red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries, halved, then quartered
  • 1/3 cup Watermelon, cubed
  • 1/3 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil, Extra Virgin
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Parsley flakes
  • 3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, add spinach.
  2. Top spinach with reed onion, strawberries, watermelon, and feta cheese.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Add to a small mason jat or an airtight container and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
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