Strawberry & Balsamic Salad with Avo and Roasted Pine Nuts

Strawberry & Balsamic Salad with Avo and Roasted Pine Nuts


For the Salad:

  • 150g baby spinach or salad leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • teaspoon of black sesame seeds

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar ( or  if you'd rather)
  • 1/4 cup organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

... alternatively a squeeze of lemon and a big drizzle of organic olive oil, salt and pepper always tastes amazing.


  1. Prepare the Salad:

    • In a large salad bowl, combine the baby spinach, sliced strawberries, red onion, and toasted pine nuts.
  2. Prepare the Avocado:

    • Slice the avocado and add it to the salad. If you're preparing the salad ahead of time, you can squeeze some lemon juice over the avocado slices to prevent them from browning.
  3. Prepare the Dressing:

    • In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Assemble the Salad:

    • Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving. Toss the salad gently to coat the ingredients evenly with the dressing.
  5. Serve:

    • Divide the salad among serving plates and serve immediately.

Optional Additions:

  • You can add crumbled feta or goat cheese for extra creaminess and tang.
  • Sliced grilled chicken, prawns or tofu can be added for a protein boost.

Feel free to adjust the quantities of ingredients and dressing according to your taste preferences.