Healthy, colorful and easy to pack and go! Our Spinach Walnut Feta Salad is delicious, simple, and great for any night of the week. With only six ingredients and our homemade dressing, you will fill both guilt-free and satisfied with this amazing dinner option. Easily topped with a protein of choice, you can put this on the dinner menu right now!
I feel like there are 5000 different types of salads out there and I can never know which one to choose. Some are crazy high in calories and others are boring and tasteless. Our Spinach Walnut Feta Salad is flavorful and low calorie while still filling. I typically have most of these ingredients on hand also so it can be a last minute throw-together as a side dish or as my main meal. For a great source of protein, we marinate chicken breasts in the dressing for at least an hour beforehand, and then grill it up and top off our salad for a full-course lunch or dinner.
Can you eat spinach raw in a salad?
The milder, young leaves can be eaten raw in a salad, while the older ones are usually cooked (spinach has one of the shortest cooking times of all vegetables). Both are good in a salad and totally edible. If you decide to cook them, they shrink/wilt down dramatically so make sure you have a good amount!
Is spinach salad healthy?
Yes! However, research has shown that the concentration of nutrients in spinach may vary. There are studies that show that baby spinach is more concentrated than mature spinach in nutrients like vitamin C, carotenoids, and flavonoids while others show the opposite. What seems to impact this variation is the soil, the season, and the climate in which the spinach grows. We haven’t seen anything that shows conclusively that one type of spinach is better than the other. Bottom line: spinach is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber making it a great, healthy choice!
Ingredients for our Spinach Walnut Feta Salad:
How to make our Spinach Walnut Feta Salad:
Prepare all ingredients.
In a salad bowl, add spinach. Add strawberries, walnuts, bacon, mushrooms and feta cheese.
Toss gently. Add Whole 30 balsamic dressing (our homemade version to come soon!) to taste.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
This is definitely a dish I make specifically for my husband and myself. My kids can go either way when it comes to a salad so I know that when I make this, it’s something I selfishly want to have on hand. Instead of always eating veggies and ranch as a side, which is what my kids love/want, I love having this salad to boost my Vitamin A intake and make me feel a little more fancy on a Tuesday night!
- 1.5 cups baby spinach
- 1/3 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
- 2 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons feta cheese crumbles (leave off for whole 30)
- Whole 30 Balsamic Dressing
- Prepare all ingredients.
- In a salad bowl, add spinach.
- Add strawberries, walnuts, bacon, mushrooms and feta cheese to bowl.
- Toss gently.
- Add Whole 30 balsamic dressing to taste.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!