Spinach and strawberry salad with grilled salmon

While we’re still enjoying these longer evenings, we’d all rather be outside than in the kitchen, so summer salads are the perfect answer.   

We love this combination of spinach, strawberries and salmon – lots of flavour without lots of work. So simple it’s insane!

Spinach and strawberry salad with smoked salmon     Serves 2


2 180 – 200g packs of smoked salmon

2 cups baby spinach

½ – 1 cup sliced strawberries

½ cup crumbled feta

¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

Crust bread for serving (optional)


2 ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard

2 ½ Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp balsamic vinegar


In a small bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Set aside. Place spinach, strawberries, feta, and red onion in individual bowls. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad and gently toss together. 

Remove salmon from the packaging and lay gently over the salad. All done!

Serving options: If you prefer your salmon hot, pre-heat your oven to 180°C. Place salmon in oven until hot (approx. 15 – 20 mins). Serve.

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