Spinach Strawberry Splash Salad

By Kaye K., Chef A., Caroline K. and Cheryl J. from Logan Elementary School, Topeka/Kansas.


Spinach never tasted so good or looked so appetizing! A light tossing of a strawberry preserves and balsamic vinegar dressing add the zing to this beautiful salad. The Feta cheese adds an unusual flavor new to some students. The fruit makes it colorful and tasty. This salad is best when tossed with the dressing just before service. The sugar free strawberry preserves in the dressing compliments the crunch of the fresh spinach leaves and the seasoned croutons! A great salad for spring when strawberries are at their prime.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 Cup

From Fat28.88%
From Saturated Fat3.57%
From Sugar6.2%


Ingredient 6 servings 50 servings
Salad Dressing Mix, Italian.5 tsp1.5 Tbsp
Balsamic Vinegar2.25 tsp.33 Cup + 1 Tbsp
Water2.5 tsp.33 Cup + 4.875 tsp
Vegetable Oil.75 tsp2 Tbsp + .25 tsp
Strawberry Sugar Free Preserves.875 tsp2 Tbsp + 1.25 tsp
Spinach, Raw, Washed, Ready to Eat1 qt + 2 cups/6 oz3 Gallons + 2 Cups/3 lbs + 2 oz
Mandarin Oranges, Cn, Lt Syrup.5 Cup/5 oz1 qt + 1.125 Cup/2 lbs + 9.125 oz
Strawberries, Raw, Sliced.75 Cup/5 oz1 qt + 2.25 Cups/2 lbs + 9.125
Feta Cheese, Crumbled1 Tbsp/.3 oz.5 Cup + 1 tsp/2.5 oz
Croutons, Seasoned1.25 Cups/2.5 oz12.5 Cups/1 lb. + 4.875 oz


Prepare dressing: Microwave strawberry preserves until warm and slightly runny. Mix preserves, salad dressing mix, balsamic vinegar, and vegetable oil. Use a mixer or a blender for best results. Set aside.

Toss spinach, mandarin oranges, and strawberries lightly to make the salad mix. Just before service, toss the salad mix, dressing, and feta cheese. Provide croutons on the side. Serve at 41 degrees or lower. Garnish with fresh sliced oranges, if desired. Prepare salad as needed for just in time service.

Recipe Tips: The dressing can be made ahead and placed in a refrigerator for up to one week. It is recommended the dressing be made at least one day in advance for maximum flavor.

Serving Size : 1 Cup