Spinach and Strawberry Salad {w/mango!}

I picked this salad recipe for my dad who does his best to eat healthy, (I must be the mail man’s daughter?) and because the other day I realized I have very few salad recipes on my blog (when a coworker asked me to recommend my favorite salad from my blog, which was met with a quizzical look). The first time I made this salad, I opted not to use mango (at $2.50 a pop!) and instead doubled the strawberries. The second time I splurged on some precut mango slices from Trader Joe’s.


  • 1 tsp. butter or olive oil
  • ½ c. walnuts, chopped
  • 1 bag baby spinach washed and patted dry
  • 1 mango cut into cubes
  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
  • ½ c. Balsamic Vinaigrette


  1. In a small saute pan, melt butter or add olive oil. Add walnuts and saute until fragrant and golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
  2. In a large bowl combine spinach, mango, strawberries and walnuts.
  3. Toss with vinaigrette and serve immediately.

The amount of butter called for in the original recipe is obscene considering the amount of walnuts in the recipe (which was originally one-third a cup – I opted to increase). Because I wasn’t really paying attention while the walnuts were supposed to be toasting, I accidentally browned the butter. I can’t say I really noticed a brown butter taste though. I reduced the butter down to one teaspoon the second time I made it.

I’m not a huuuuuge salad fan but every time I go to a steak house (which I did yesterday), I’m inspired to make/eat salad. I’m always a fan of a strawberry and spinach type salads. This recipe is super easy to make and, as my dad states, tastes like you’re doing something good to your body.

Recipe rating: 

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