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Spinach, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Feta Salad with the BEST balsamic vinaigrette

Spinach, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Feta Salad

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This Spinach, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Feta Salad has flavors and textures that will tickle every palate.

Bill would be happy with a lettuce and tomato salad topped with French or ranch dressing. I like mine a bit more jazzy, with fruits, nuts and cheese. And almost always with a vinaigrette.

Spinach, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Feta Salad in a large white salad bowl on a red and white checked napkin

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Spinach, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Feta Salad

The pomegranates at my local market have been disappointing. Their pale arils and lackluster flavor truly irk me. I adore their rosy color amongst the rainbow of other fruit on a fall or winter fruit platter.

They create an exquisite presentation when cracked  open with a few of the gem-like berries spilling from the shell. I had to resort to plan B for a recent coffee I hosted, as I was underwhelmed by my purchase.  How I wish my Melissa’s delivery had come that week.

But the timing was right for beautiful winter salad. I love the contrast of the jewel toned strawberries and pomegranate arils with the beautiful green spinach leaves. some nuts for crunch and some salty feta for a creamy touch round out this terrific salad!


Spinach, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Feta Salad drizzled with a vinaigrette in a white ceramic serving bowl

The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Once my ingredients were ready to go, all I had to do was whip up a salad dressing. My sister can drizzle in a bit of this and that and come up with an outstanding vinaigrette. I hover, begging her to measure each ingredient so I can reproduce it at home.

But she was back in Denver, so I was left to my own devices. I think I finally reached perfection. This dressing rocks. It’s the best balsamic vinaigrette I’ve ever made. It’s now my go-to salad dressing.

Tips for Making a Vinaigrette

  • I like to make most of my salad dressings in a Pyrex measuring cup. The spout makes it easy to pour into a jar to store, plus the markings along the sides help with measusuring.
  • Put your vinegar into your bowl or measuring cup first. Then whisk in any seasonings, mustard, and liquids except for your oil.
  • I love a good aged balsamic vinegar. It should offer some sweetness and be slightly syrupy in texture. You can use other vinegars, but you may want to add a little honey or sugar to make up for the lack of sweetness.
  • Once your vinegar and seasonings are whisked to combine, you can slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking continuously. This allows the salad dressing to “emulsify” or thicken to a consistency that will not easily separate.
  • Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil. For cooking, it’s fine to use regular olive oil, but extra virgin is the best for a salad dressing.
  • The addition of Dijon mustard adds a bit of piquancy to the flavor, but it also helps emulsify the salad dressing. If you don’t like mustard, start with just a teaspoon. I doubt you’ll even taste it.

So get out your whisk and make sure you use a top notch balsamic vinegar. I was the lucky recipient of Star Fine Food’s Gold Edition Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, which worked like a charm and produced a scrumptious topping for this lovely salad. Plus, Melissa’s Foods supplied me with some gorgeous pomegranates and Brussels sprouts.


Pomegranates and Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan

Disclosure: Melissa’s Foods supplied me with a lovely supply of fresh pomegranates and Brussels sprouts . I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Melissa’s Foods.

Star Fine Foods sent me samples of their Gold Edition Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Vinaigrette Portion Packs and EVOO Red & White Wine Vinegar Single Serve PacksI was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Star Fine Foods. Please click through the links to learn about these terrific products.

 

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Spinach, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Feta Salad

A lovely salad dressed with the most fabulous balsamic vinaigrette

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugared pecans (see below)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • One bag (5 ounces) baby spinach
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4-8 ounces sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • Seeds (arils) from one small pomegranate

For dressing/vinaigrette::

  • 3 tablespoons premium balsamic vinegar, I used Star Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Gold Edition
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. To make sugared pecans, add the pecans plus 1 tablespoon sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, till sugar melts and pecans are coated. Remove to non-stick foil or parchment paper to cool.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together vinegar, mustard and garlic. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking constantly till well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place spinach in serving bowl, top with onion, berries, Feta, pomegranate arils, and cooled pecans. Toss with vinaigrette just before serving.
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32 comments on “Spinach, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Feta Salad”

  1. Sounds like you’re enjoying lots of gifted top notch goodies Liz! Your salad is very pretty:@)

  2. What a perfect pairing of ingredients to that beautiful vinegar dressing. I must make this for my lunch today!

  3. Such a nice salad! I’m like your sister and often just drizzle stuff in when making a dressing. Which makes it tough to write recipes! Anyway, this looks perfect — thanks.

  4. i'[m pretty much feeoing healthier just by reading this salad recipe!!!

  5. I’m with you, Liz. I like to jazz up my salad and pomegranate salad is amazing!

  6. Love your winter salad Liz ! the colours, the fraicheur, everything is gorgeous !

  7. Looks great Liz, love the balsamic, my favorite. There is a place in Hilton Head, Steamers, and they make their homemade balsamic and it is wonderful. Your salad looks great, I could eat it right now. I love everything in my salad!!

    stay warm!
    Michael
    http://instagram.com/michaelswoodcraft

  8. Salad looks wonderful. I don’t see the quantity of oil for the vinaigrette listed in the recipe though.

  9. What a lovely looking salad, I too enjoy fruit, nuts and cheese in my salads where as my fella is like yours plain old salad for him! Love your dressing too, balsamic vingar is so good with strawberries.

  10. Always delighted to get a salad recipe that manages to entice me despite the cold weather, Liz. I love the sugared pecans against the salty feta and I can never get enough of spinach. Making this at the weekend for a foodie guest who is coming for lunch. I know it will go down a storm.

  11. Such a wonderful salad!
    Colorful and has all my favorite ingredients 🙂
    We usually make a similar salad during the holidays and I loooooooooooooove it

  12. LOVE!
    all of these wonderful ingredients combined, Liz!!
    gorgeous colors, too. xx

  13. I will gladly trade you some apple butter form some poms!!!!!!!!

  14. Beautiful salad and love the pom arils used…all my fav ingredients! 😉

  15. These are my favorite types of salads with the addition of fresh fruit and nuts! The vinaigrette must be outstanding. I go nuts over balsamic-based ‘anything’. Thanks for stopping by and keeping me up to date with the Gradwahl family. You are so kind to visit them and to return for Steve’s remembrance.
    I hope that your family and you have a wonderful Thankgiving!
    xo
    Roz

  16. I won’t leave this plate empty to the last bit! All my favourite things are in here 🙂 No more, no less…

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  17. This sounds super delicious! I loooove all of these fruits in this salad!

  18. So refreshing! It has all my favourite ingredients in it. Must be very yum.

  19. That’s a beautiful salad Liz. Love all those ingredients and am noting your dressing – sounds wonderful! The sugared pecans puts this over the top delicious.

  20. What a refreshing salad Liz, I have made a similar one and loved it, but I want to try it with pomegranate too 😀
    Love this!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  21. Stunning salad and that dressing looks amazing. I love salads with a little fruit in them too and nuts for crunch. However, I would love eating with your fun utensils, those are so cool!

  22. Wow! I never knew sugared pecans were that easy to make. Thank you, Liz! And yes your jazzy salad would make me want to sing happy notes =)

  23. I love the pop of color from the strawberries and pom seeds – a perfect holiday salad!

  24. Lizzy,
    I like feta cheese in my salad. I always have the dressing on the side since I use very little of it.
    Annamaria

  25. This is my favorite summer salad by far. I love the tangy cheese and the sweetness of the berries and the healthiness of the spinach. Perfect for a hot day like this.

  26. What an eye-catching salad! (Love the balsamic vinegar with these ingredients)

  27. Liz, this is absolutely gorgeous!

  28. I hope you won’t mind, I plan to share my version of this salad and link across to you. xo

  29. A gorgeous little salad Liz! This would be beautiful on any holiday table.

  30. This is so pretty! You made excellent use of your goodies.

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