This Strawberry Spinach Salad with Rhubarb Dressing is the perfect way to celebrate local, seasonal produce. Strawberries are officially now in season here in Michigan and I couldn’t be more excited for the sweet, floral Michigan Strawberry. There is nothing better than just picked Michigan Strawberries. Nothing else compares to the sweetness of the berries.
I just love the combination of strawberries and spinach. It is my go-to base salad in the Spring. I wanted to created a springy dressing the would pair beautifully with the strawberries. Since strawberries and rhubarb compliment each other so well, I thought why not make a rhubarb base dressing. This result was a creamy, completely vegan dressing that is slightly tart.
This dressing is so yummy and easy to make. The dressing starts off by simmering the rhubarb with some water to help soften it up before blending. The softened rhubarb is blended with a touch of vinegar, dijon mustard, extra virgin olive oil, and maple syrup. The maple syrup helps to balance out the tartness of the rhubarb.
The color of the dressing will vary depending on the color of your rhubarb. The rhubarb that I used was a little more on the green side. The color variations in the rhubarb will not effect the taste of the dressing. I like to chill the salad dressing in the fridge before serving the salad. It will keep in the fridge for a few days.
The salad base couldn’t be simpler: fresh spinach, sweet floral strawberries, and toasted almonds. When you taste the rhubarb dressing with the strawberries, the flavors will just sing. You get a little of the rhubarb tartness and the sweet strawberry. I think that it is the perfect salad bite.
If you enjoy this Strawberry Spinach Salad with Rhubarb Dressing as much as me, be sure to tag #thymeandlove on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations!
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Dressing inspired by this Rhubarb Vinaigrette.