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Summer Strawberry Salad with Feta

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An easy, beautiful strawberry feta salad recipe to make all season long. Arugula greens, feta cheese, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and strawberries are tossed in a naturally-sweet vinaigrette made with a puree of fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

A white serving bowl with fresh strawberry salad, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes and feta cheese.
Fresh, bright and tangy fresh strawberry salad is a perfect summer dish.

This simple summer salad is the hands-down winner of the Ms. Potluck Popularity contest, especially when warm weather comes around. It’s my version of everyone’s favorite salad recipe: the classic strawberry spinach salad.

One of my all-time favorite salad recipes, this one features sweet strawberries, juicy cherry tomatoes and a tangy feta vinaigrette. Serve this fresh strawberry salad as part of a summer buffet, or as a starter to an outdoor meal.

Add those to a bed of leafy greens (arugula and/or spinach) and you get creamy feta cheese, tangy tomato and crisp cucumber in every bite.

A white serving bowl with fresh strawberry salad, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes and feta cheese.

Strawberry salad is a crowd pleaser for sure — it checks off so many boxes. I think it’s because a good strawberry salad is refreshingly sweet, savory, and crunchy, all at once.

Plus it looks so gorgeous on the table! If you’re looking for a low-fuss summer salad that’s way above the ordinary, I highly recommend you try it.

Salad ingredients:

  • Arugula + spinach: Use one or a 50/50 mixture of baby spinach and arugula greens.
  • Fresh strawberries: Grab juicy red strawberries when they’re in season in late spring and summer for the best salad.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Use ripe, sweet tomatoes to complement the berries.
  • Italian parsley: I like to add the leaves and tender stems to add a fresh herbal flavor to the salad. Fresh basil would work too!
  • Red onion: For a less sharp taste, soak the slices in cold water for 10 minutes and drain.
  • Seedless cucumber or Persian cucumber: cool, crisp and refreshing.
  • Feta cheese: The salty tang of feta cheese is so good in summer fruit salads. Instead, a soft goat cheese or creamy mild blue cheese like Danish blue would be delicious!
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey: Optional, but it adds a touch of sweetness to counterpoint the vinegar.
A white serving bowl with fresh strawberry salad, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes and feta cheese.

Strawberry vinaigrette

My dressing is a balsamic vinaigrette, with a magical base of pureed fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

These two ingredients are the key. They each contribute their natural sweetness — you end up with a nicely balanced salad dressing that tastes tangy-sweet. Blending the same type of fruit used in the salad right into the dressing helps to double-down on the flavor!

A white serving bowl with fresh strawberry salad, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes and feta cheese.

My tips:

  • If you have a blender or small food processor you can whip up the dressing in seconds, or simply whisk it together
  • Make the dressing up to 5 days ahead and keep in a covered container (a glass jar is perfect) in the refrigerator. Give it a shake to blend before dressing the salad.
  • For the best texture, dress the salad shortly before serving so it doesn’t wilt the greens.
  • To make ahead for a party or picnic, you can assemble the undressed salad in a large bowl and cover with a clean damp towel. It will keep up 6 hours in the refrigerator.
  • If you like, add some crunch to the salad with toasted chopped nuts, such as walnuts, almonds or pecans.
A white bowl with spinach salad topped with sliced strawberries, cucumbers and feta cheese.

Summer Strawberry Salad with Feta

Karen Tedesco
An easy, beautiful strawberry feta salad recipe to make all season long. Arugula greens, feta cheese, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and strawberries are tossed in a naturally-sweet vinaigrette made with a puree of fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar.
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5 from 85 community reviews
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the dressing

  • ¼ cup sliced strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the salad

  • 8-10 ounces arugula or spinach greens, or a 50/50 mixture
  • ½ cup Italian parsley leaves (tender stems are okay) or basil leaves
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 English (seedless) cucumber, sliced into 1/2-inch chunks, or 3 baby Persian cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (any color), sliced in half
  • ¼ cup sliced red onion
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions 

Make the dressing

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or small food processor until smooth and creamy. The vinaigrette can be be prepared up to 5 days in advance.

Make the salad

  • Put the arugula in a large salad bowl or a large serving platter. Top with the remaining ingredients and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the dressing. Toss together gently. Serve with additional dressing on the side.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • Make the dressing up to 5 days ahead and keep in a covered container (a glass jar is perfect) in the refrigerator. Give it a shake to blend before dressing the salad.
  • For the best texture, dress the salad shortly before serving so it doesn’t wilt the greens.
  • To make ahead for a party or picnic, you can assemble the undressed salad in your serving bowl and cover with a clean damp towel. It will keep up 6 hours in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 538mg | Potassium: 841mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2727IU | Vitamin C: 122mg | Calcium: 237mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition facts are calculated by third-party software. If you have specific dietary needs, please refer to your favorite calculator.

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17 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    MERCY this dressing!! Used honey that I get from a nearby apiary. Was out of lemons, but still had some limes so I thought I’d used that instead. Great zing. What a great dressing!

  2. MERCY this dressing!! Used honey that I get from a nearby apiary. Was out of lemons, but still had some limes so I thought I’d used that instead. Great zing. What a great dressing!

  3. Debbie Cerjak says:

    Excellent! I’m making it again. I quadrupled the recipe but had twice as much dressing as I needed. I’ll make less dressing next time.

    1. Thanks for letting us know! The dressing keeps up to 5 days in the fridge if that helps.

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Karen,
    I can only see six of the 10 most favorite recipes. What are the last four? Thanks.

    1. Hi Diana, I’m not sure which list of 10 Most Favorite Recipe you’re referring to on this recipe page. Was it a video?

    2. Lovely harmonious salad not ruled by just balsamic…glad I had it at home so didn’t have to pay a restaurant price for it…

  5. Donna Harris says:

    Will the recipe for the dressing still work, minus the shallots? Allergic.

  6. 5 stars
    Always love it when my potluck dish is the first gone. I added crumbled bacon, avocado, and candied pecans. Everyone loved the dressing!

  7. I can’t wait to try this recipe, Karen! I actually have all the ingredients on hand for a change. Love your photography, you always manage to make everything look mouth-watering!
    Congrats on your book, well deserved!

  8. 5 stars
    Such a good use of strawberries! Easy and delicious!

  9. Looks so delicious need to make this ASAP!