Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

This Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans is one of my favorites because it’s so simple to make and pairs perfectly with just about anything! Especially during grilling season!

Oh how I adore strawberry season! Cheap, plump berries for all!

I love tossing fresh fruits into salads for a bright pop of color and sweet juicy flavor.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans



I’ll bring this salad to pot lucks or over to a friend’s house for dinner and it ALWAYS receives rave reviews.

I serve it with a balsamic vinaigrette, but I’m usually too pressed for time to make my own so I just use the bottled variety. If I’m making it to share with friends I’ll pour the dressing into a small mason jar to give the impression that I made the dressing too… is that cheating?

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

Look, I love a good homemade dressing, but when you’re in a pinch the store bought stuff will suffice.

I have even used store bought candied pecans to make this salad before, BUT this time I’ll show you how simple these candied pecans are to make. Technically you could make half a batch for this salad, but I double it so that I can snack on the pecans…

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

Those pecans go quickly.

So does this salad.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

I used soft goat cheese here, but a good feta cheese would work as well. Feta is more salty with a bit of a bite to it, where the goat cheese is more subtle in flavor with a creamy texture. Either one will work, so go with whatever tickles your taste buds!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

You’ll love every aspect of this beautiful salad, I just know it! 🙂

Serves 4-6

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans is a delicious salad that pairs perfectly with just about anything!

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 oz baby spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (or feta cheese if desired)
  • balsamic vinaigrette (I used Litehouse dressing for this salad)


  1. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Toss in the pecans and brown sugar, stirring to coat. Cook over medium heat until the sugar begins to caramelize (about 3 minutes). Spread out pecans on a wax paper lined baking sheet to cool.
  2. In your salad bowl layer the spinach leaves, strawberries, goat cheese and pecans. Don't pour dressing on salad until ready to serve. Enjoy!
Recipe Type: Salad


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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
18 Responses
  1. Brenda Goodfellow
    I made this for dinner tonight with orza pasta and baked porkchops. Hubby was skeptical at first but after he tasted it, he was hooked. We love it! I used a honey goat cheese and it was fantastic. Thanks!
  2. Anne
    Just my $.02 about faking it: (like pouring store-bought dressing into your own bottle) it just makes other people feel pressured to be perfect. Be authentic and everyone else can relax because we're all busy and need to find time savers!
  3. irina
    The only thing I do different , the dressing! Get 1 tbspoon of strawberry jam , stick in microwave for few seconds just to melted, than add balsamic vinegar, mix well , add olive oil , salt by taste , and pour over the salad .Fabulous!
  4. I too have been putting fruit and fruit and cheese and sometimes nuts in salad. I can't get enough of it. And look how beautiful it is! However, the candied pecans are a little something special. Very very nice. No I don't think bottled dressing is cheating. I always like homemade better, BUT there are alternatives. Sometimes time demands we use those alternatives, as you already know.
  5. CT
    So simple. When I coat the pecans I forgo the butter & just melt the sugar in the pan & toss in the nuts--just be careful you don't burn them.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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