Red Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Red Spinach Salad

School has begun and that always makes it feel like summer is over, or winding down at the very least. But that doesn’t mean we are ready to say goodbye to fresh produce. This easy-to-throw-together Red Spinach Salad is a great way to continue enjoying these flavors. It has the best of everything – crunch, bright pops of fruit, and a creamy homemade poppyseed dressing to bring it all together. 

Our red spinach salad is aptly named because almost all of the components are red in color. It is fun and pretty. And delicious, of course!

red spinach salad

Simply gather the ingredients and throw them together to make this simple salad. There are quite a few elements and all are amazing together, but feel free to improvise. Or omit something you don’t enjoy or don’t have on hand. Make it your own!

Salad dressing is so quick and easy to make at home. And healthier because there are no preservatives, extra sugars, or unpronounceable ingredients added. The shelf life is shorter, but you can customize the amount and make just what you will actually use. To make it, simply whisk together all the ingredients, or shake it in a small jar (like these) with a tight-fitting lid. Deliciously healthy dressing in only 5 minutes!

homemade poppyseed dressing

This dressing recipe makes more than you will likely need for the salad. Store the leftovers in the frig so that you have some on hand for your next salad, whether it’s this recipe or just some simple mixed greens. 

Serve your red spinach salad with poppyseed dressing alongside some grilled or roasted meat for a complete meal. Grill up some chicken, bake some biscuits, and throw together this salad for a quick and easy meal your family will love any day of the week.

Don’t forget dessert options: strawberry pie, strawberry shortcake made with our strawberry shortcake scones, blueberry pie, triple chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate pecan cookies, and ginger peach crisp are all excellent options.


Red Spinach Salad
red spinach salad

Red Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

This easy-to-throw-together spinach salad has the best of everything – satisfying crunch, beautiful color, bright pops of fruit, and a creamy homemade poppyseed dressing to bring it all together.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Gluten Free, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


For the Salad:

  • 5 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup quartered strawberries
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

For the Poppyseed Dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Whisk together dressing ingredients (or shake in a small jar) until emulsified. Serve alongside the salad. Refrigerate any leftover dressing.
Keyword salad, spinach

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