This pretty strawberry avocado salad just screams “spring”!!! The fresh strawberries at the grocery store over the weekend were calling my name. As the seasons change, I try incorporating new things into my salad for lunch at work so that it never gets boring. For example, this strawberry avocado and spinach salad is my new salad crush for spring. It was the perfect time to share the recipe since the recipe redux this month is all about mixing up your packed lunch routine.
In the bowl above you have a medley of spinach, avocado, sweet strawberries, crumbled goat cheese, pistachios and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. I also added some farro to bulk up this salad so it feels more like a meal. Farro is an ancient grain that is very similar to barley. You can find it in the bulk bin section of most stores or purchase it online from a brand like Bob’s Red Mill. You can easily use barley, buckwheat, or quinoa in its place if you aren’t feeling adventurous. When packing this salad up for lunch the next day, I would wait to add the dressing until you are ready to eat so that nothing gets soggy.
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- ½ cup farro
- 5 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 5-6 fresh strawberries, chopped
- ½ avocado, chopped
- ⅓ cup salted shelled pistachios
- 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Dash of salt and ground black pepper
- Place farro in a small saucepan and cover with 1" of water. Bring to a boil on the stove and then cover and lower heat. Gently simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain water and set aside.
- Toss all of your salad ingredients (spinach through goat cheese) together in a large bowl.
- Combine all of the salad ingredients together in a jar and twist on the lid. Shake vigorously to combine.
- Toss cooled farro in the salad bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients. Divide evenly between 2-4 bowls. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
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