Strawberry balsamic salad


Strawberry Balsamic Salad

June 27, 2012

Strawberry balsamic salad


Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Freshly picked strawberries are the perfect pairing for baby spinach, spicy thinly sliced red onions, crunchy candied walnuts and creamy feta cheese.

The first time I heard of strawberries in a salad, I was like “What?” It was during my food photo shoot for a University of Texas Housing and Food Department marketing campaign. It was beautiful salad to photograph, especially with the natural light shining on the fresh greens and fresh berries. But I was hesitant to taste it. When I did, I was hooked and obsessed. It’s been my go-to salad ever since.

Freshly picked strawberries

One of the few things I wanted to experience while working for the Marketing Dept at the University of Texas was to visit a farm. Nine months later my wish came true. Not only did I visit a farm, I visited two in the same day. Two Happy Children Farm and the Coyote Farm, which will be a story for another day. Seeing that this was my first visit to a farm, I was entirely unprepared. My white shorts and Sperrys would be soon covered with grass stains and mud.

Strawberry picking

My eagerness to frolic through the crops quickly plummeted, literally. I was stuck in the mud. Going through a field of artichokes wasn’t the most exciting experience either. I was getting eaten alive by bugs. However, the last crop we visited were.. strawberries! I dropped the one artichoke I had proudly harvested and quickly trekked across the farm to the neat green rows spotted with red.

It was a balancing act to pick strawberries and take pictures. I ended up devouring more than I picked. Pick two strawberries, eat one, pick three more, eat two more..

If you get a chance this summer, I highly recommend strawberry picking! The first time you sink your teeth into a juicy strawberry that’s been slowly ripening in the sun is amazing.

eating a freshly picked strawberry

Tip: If you do visit a farm to pick strawberries, make sure to keep them out of the sun. The one hour drive back resulted in strawberry preserves.


Strawberry Balsamic Salad

A fresh summer strawberry salad with spinach, feta, and candied walnuts dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup candied walnuts
  • Balsamic vinaigrette


  1. Wash baby spinach and use a salad spinner to whisk away the excess water. (Scroll down for win one!)
  2. Wash and slice strawberries.
  3. Toss together all the ingredients and dress with balsamic vinaigrette.
  4. Serve immediately.
  5. Optional: Add in grilled chicken breasts or bacon.


  • Serving Size: 4


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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