Arugula Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Strawberries

This Arugula Spinach Salad is made with mixed greens, goat cheese, and fresh strawberries. Drizzle on a cherry vinaigrette, and you’ve got a super easy spring salad.

Read on for all the detailed tips and tricks for this recipe. Or grab your salad bowl, hit that Jump to Recipe button, and let’s make a spinach and arugula salad!

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Ingredients

box of spinach and arugula, pecans in a bowl, strawberries, and pack of goat cheese.

The greens in this salad are spinach and arugula. Arugula has a peppery taste, and spinach is slightly more astringent. That box of triple washed greens is great for convenience, though there is controversy whether you should wash pre-washed lettuce and other greens.

 

Toasted pecans, goat cheese, and strawberries provide the sweet, savory, and crunchy elements to give your salad balance. Toasting pecans brings out their flavor and crunch, so don’t skip this step whether you’re toasting nuts for a salad or for a walnut cake.

Love spinach? Make a tuna pesto pasta with arugula spinach pesto, one pot gnocchi with spinach, asparagus, and peas, or these spinach and feta muffins.

Please see the recipe card below for complete information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations and substitutions

  • Substitute kale or other greens.
  • Sub a different toasted nut for the pecans like some toasted blanched hazelnuts.
  • Sub in feta for the goat cheese.
  • Add roasted, sliced beets for an arugula and beet salad.

Recipes tips and tricks

Slicing strawberries

To hull a strawberry, hold the washed strawberry in your non-dominant hand. Use your right hand to pinch the leaves and stem, pulling and twisting them off. Then insert a paring knife into the strawberry, rotating it to cut a small, cone-shaped segment. Slice into quarters!

strawberries on a cutting board, illustrating the steps how to hull and slice strawberries.

Composing the salad

You can either compose the salad in a large bowl or in individual salad bowls. Either way, dress your spinach and arugula salad just before serving to prevent the greens from wilting, or serve without dressing and let everyone pour their own.

I think this salad, with the arugula, spinach, strawberries, and goat cheese goes best with this cherry balsamic vinaigrette, but this maple Dijon vinaigrette or any other slightly sweetened vinaigrette will also work.

small bowl of arugula spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese next to salad bowl with greens and tongs and jar of cherry salad dressing.

Recipe FAQs

How should I store this spinach arugula salad?

The salad would be best stored as separate components or at least without salad dressing. If you have leftover salad, store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to three days, although it may become less crisp.

Can I make this a main course spinach salad?

Yes! Cook up some pan-roasted, cast iron chicken breasts and serve in slices atop the salad.

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Recipe

Arugula Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Strawberries

5 from 2 votes
Category: Salad
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 143kcal
This Arugula Spinach Salad is made with mixed greens, goat cheese, and fresh strawberries. Drizzle on a cherry vinaigrette, and you've got a super easy spring salad.
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Ingredients

  • 5 ounces fresh arugula and spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries hulled and sliced
  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • 2 ounces goat cheese

Instructions

  • Add the spinach and arugula in an even layer in a large bowl or serving dish.
    5 ounces fresh arugula and spinach
  • Add slices of strawberries to the bowl. Sprinkle on the toasted pecans and crumble the goat cheese on top.
    1 cup strawberries, 2 ounces goat cheese, ½ cup toasted pecans
  • Serve with a cherry vinaigrette or your favorite balsamic vinaigrette.

Notes

Nutritional information is provided for the salad components and does not include the cherry vinaigrette or your favorite salad dressing.
Please don’t skip toasting the pecans. This adds both flavor and crunch to your salad.
Dress your salad immediately prior to serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 999IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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