Looking for a delicious salad recipe packed with flavor? Try this spring mix salad with strawberries, avocados, feta, candied pecans, and more. Plus, get the BEST balsamic vinaigrette dressing recipe!
I have a confession: most days I’d rather have two burgers, large fries, and a milkshake than green salads (just don’t tell my kids 😉 ). No really, I love healthy, nutritious food, but I also love yummy, flavorful food. But I could happily eat this spring mix salad every day.
Especially since I went gluten free, I am always looking for easy, healthy lunch options that are also filling. And this is good enough to serve for company, too!
I first had something similar at a friend’s house almost 15 years ago, and I’ve been recreating, adapting, and tweaking it since then. Until it was perfect.
Spring Mix Salad
Fresh summer strawberries and peaches, thinly sliced avocado for good fats, candied pecans for a sweet crunch, feta for richness… it couldn’t be yummier. And I never go away hungry.
Many of these ingredients can be substituted with similar options for a little variation (or to accommodate what you have on hand!). Try candied walnuts instead of pecans, and crumbled goat cheese instead of feta. Sub other fresh berries, or even mandarin oranges if you don’t have fresh fruit on hand.
Baby spinach makes a good base, as well, if you don’t have mixed greens in your fridge. Top with all the same toppings and toss for a delicious spinach salad!
Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette RECIPE
The best part about this salad is the dressing. I’ve always been a balsamic vinegar fan. My go-to dressing is just a little drizzle of high-quality balsamic, and sometimes I’ll dress it up by whisking in a drop of dijon mustard.
But this is the perfect dressing for a little treat. It’s sweet, light, and a little creamy… It also makes incredible Greek salads and pasta salads, just in case you were wondering. 😉
Mixed Greens Summer Salad
Mixed greens, fresh summer fruits, feta, candied nuts… all topped with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- mixed greens
- strawberries sliced
- fresh peaches sliced
- avocado sliced
- feta crumbled
- pecans candied
- 1/3 c olive oil extra virgin
- 1/3 c balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 c sour cream
- 1/2 tsp dried mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp parsley fresh, chopped
Whisk dressing ingredients together, then toss with salad.
I hope you get to try this mixed greens, avocado, and strawberry salad… and enjoy it as much as I do! Feel free to pin it below for later.
Now be sure to check out the other summer salads below for more great ideas.
15 Delicious Summer Salad Recipes
Asian Noodle Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing // Happy Happy Nester
Simple Burrata and Tomato Salad // Craftberry Bush
Strawberry Avocado and Pecan Summer Salad // Maison de Pax
Fresh Sauteed Beet & Butternut Salad // French Country Cottage
Pasta Salad With Summer Tomatoes // Modern Glam
Asian Noodle Salad // Finding Lovely
Easy Spinach and Fruit Summer Salad Recipe // Zevy Joy
Blueberry Summer Salad // My 100 Year Old Home
Pacific Northwest Cobb Salad // Lemon Grove Lane
Refreshing & Healthy Cauliflower Summer Salad // My Sweet Savannah
Easy Vegan Lentil Bolognese Salad // Shabbyfufu
Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad With Balsamic Dressing // Twelve on Main
Summer Peach Spinach Salad // Sanctuary Home Decor
The Easiest Bow Tie Pasta Salad // Your Marketing BFF
Mexican Salad Bowl // Jennifer Maune