This paleo and keto strawberry spinach salad is incredibly fresh, nutritious, simple and scrumptious! Whip it up in under 15 minutes for a stellar low carb side dish.
Paleo & Keto Strawberry Spinach Salad
i.e. Summer In A Bowl
This keto strawberry spinach salad is definitely one of my favorite spring and summer dishes. It’s one of those salads you whip up without great expectations, a complementary-dish sorta thing. Then you taste it. And boooom!!! 🚀🌟
Ideal for summer barbecues, picnics and fresh lunches (or dinners!). Just always be sure to add the dressing right before serving, keeping the spinach nice and crisp.
Trust me, this is one salad that will keep you coming back for more.
The nice and nifty thing about this keto salad is that it is easily customizable. And without losing any greatness, that is!
The base are strawberries and spinach.
The remaining bits and bobs can be customized to the heart’s desires. You can add basil leaves for extra freshness, cheese (think goat’s or feta) for added creaminess, toasted pecans or walnuts for some crunch… You’ve got options!
As per salads in general, try to keep your ingredients top-notch. They really are the make-it or break-it elements of raw dishes.
Oh and for dressings in general, I’ve really enjoyed using Lakanto ‘maple’ syrup in place of honey (or maple syrup). It works nicely with olive oil and vinegar to add a touch of sweetness to certain salads.
Paleo & Keto Strawberry Spinach Salad
For the dressing
- 60 ml extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoons Lakanto syrup or maple syrup if paleo*
- 1 tablespoon shallot or onion, very finely minced
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper to taste
For the salad
- 200 g baby spinach
- 200 g strawberries sliced
- 3 tablespoons basil leaves ribonned
- 60 g pecans or walnuts lightly toasted and roughly chopped
- 40 g feta or goat cheese optional
- Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Toss together in a salad or mixing bowl the baby spinach, strawberries, pecans and goat cheese (optional). Top with the dressing right before serving.
Wow beautiful flavours. Thank you for sharing . Licked our plates
My husband is doing at a Candida cleanse, and cannot have vinegar. Wonder how lemon juice would work instead of the vinegar?
I have made this salad everyday since coming across this recipe. Today I decided I would add figs to the strawberries and its still to die for! Never loved spinach salad until now and even my husband finishes a big bow. Thank you so much!
Delicious, I used Keto Cinnamon Dolce Syrup instead of maple and it was still wonderful! Thanks for this recipe!
I skipped the basil, bit this salad was a huge hit. It is beautiful as well as delicious. We kept going back for more salad rather than chicken!!
Love this combination! We are lucky to have a specialty oil & vinegar shop in our town and they carry a yummy maple balsamic vinegar (no sugar), so I just used that instead. Pistachios are my go to nut with strawberries. I love this salad, Paola! We’ll be enjoying this all summer. Thank you!
Made a slight variation of this salad yesterday for Mother’s Day dinner for my family. I was rushing and just made it from memory. Since I had chopped, toasted hazelnuts I used those. Even though I forgot the basil and Lakanto syrup it was still a huge hit.
Now I’m going have to get the ingredients again this week and actually follow the directions 😏
Lol! I’m fairly certain that you’ve got great intuition Lisa and it came out wonderful still, what an honor to have it at your mothers day dinner!! big kiss!
This salad is awesome. I added diced panchetta but have used crisp diced bacon as well. It’s really good!
Oh yuuuim!! Yes pancetta would indeed be so awesome here thanks for sharing!
I literally wanted this 🍓salad last night & here arrives my recipe!!👀🙌🥰🙏
Lol that’s perfect timing!!
& it’s delish!! I’ve made twice (🚫 basil) & ➕ 🍗chicken. 👍😋
This salad looks amazing, but I’m wondering how is it keto with maple syrup? Isn’t that full of sugar? Thank u.
Hi Monica! It’s a maple syrup sub xo!
Thank u so much! 😀
Paola, I love your recipes! I went keto a few weeks ago and your blog is my go-to spot for inspiration when I get bored with my food. Thank you!!! I’ve made similar salads before and, you’re right, this is a delicious combination! It’s (finally) hot here today and perfect weather for this salad. I think I figured out what to have for dinner. 🙂
Jen that’s so awesome to hear! It’s my absolute pleasure 🙂 And lucky you to be getting warm temperatures!! The weather turned on us this week here in Mexico City and it’s been raining and cold… boohoo! Hope you enjoy this one too! xo!
So I’m not one to leave comments, but I had to for this one. You were totally right that this is such an amazing this!!
I made it on a whim as a side for dinner last night and it ended up being the star (wish I would have known, I would have doubled it!).
Could I use dried basil instead?
This looks SO beautiful!! Insert heart emojis!!!