Strawberry Spa Salad Topped with a Flavor-Forward Almond Vinaigrette


Nearly a decade ago, I featured this fresh strawberry spa salad from A Century of Flavors. It’s a cookbook by the family-run producer of pure extracts, Nielsen-Massey. Today I’m doing a full update on this recipe post, and I’ve added a few options.

This “spa” salad is a light, healthy, and flavorful way to enjoy the best produce of summer. If you want to make it a light meal, then top it with cooked chickpeas (for vegan) or grilled chicken (for just dairy free).

Strawberry Spa Salad Recipe with Almond Vinaigrette - plant-based, flavorful, dairy-free, gluten-free and optionally paleo #strawberries #spinachsalad

Special Diet Notes: Strawberry Spa Salad

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and optionally paleo.

Strawberry Spa Salad with Almond Vinaigrette
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This recipe was shared with us by Patsy Kreitman of Paper Palate when she wrote a review on A Century of Flavors. The recipe is originally from that cookbook, and was reprinted with permissions.
Serves: 2 servings
Almond Vinaigrette
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ cup non-GMO canola oil (can sub almond oil or your favorite oil for dressing)
  • ¼ cup natural rice vinegar
Strawberry Spa Salad
  • 10 ounces baby spinach leaves torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced, plus additional for garnish
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, plus additional for garnish
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mustard, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond extract, salt, and pepper until smooth. Add the oil in a fine stream, whisking constantly until incorporated. This will help to emulsify your salad dressing. Add the vinegar slowly, whisking constantly.
  2. Put the spinach, strawberries, onion, and almond in a large bowl and gently toss to combine.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat.
  4. Garnish with additional strawberries and almonds.

Key Pantry Supplies: Strawberry Spa Salad

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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