Strawberry Wonton Spinach Salad
Strawberry Wonton Spinach Salad is filled with red bell peppers, onions, honey roasted peanuts, bacon, and crunchy wontons. I love taking this salad to potlucks or BBQs. It’s always a hit!
STRAWBERRY SPINACH WONTON SALAD
Last weekend I attended BlogHer Food in Miami. It’s a conference where we learn about food, talk about food, and eat food…oh about every 20 minutes. I didn’t feel a hunger pain the whole weekend. BlogHer asked me to speak on Pinterest so I spent the first day pestering people about tips they could give me to include in my session the following day.
I even cornered Kevin from ClosetCooking in the elevator to pick his brain. Come to think of it, the elevator is also where I met David Lebovitz, famous author and blogger. So it looks like next year I’m just going to skip the conference all together and ride the elevator all day long to connect with fellow bloggers.
I shared a room with some of my favorite ladies: Boys Ahoy, Oh Sweet Basil, and Taste and Tell. Sometimes the blog world can feel a bit like the game of Survivor. But these ladies have hearts of gold and I’m honored to be their friends. If you follow me on Instagram you saw that we ran into the Pioneer Woman…right before I split my black dress in half. Which unfortunately isn’t the first time I’ve eaten my way out of a dress.
I ate so much food that my dress literally popped open and I sat awkwardly in the corner clutching it closed. After all of that eating, I’m spending this week retraining my body to not feel entitled to chocolate, Cuban sandwiches, yucca fries, and brownie brittle all day long.
I’ve been making this Strawberry Wonton Spinach Salad for years. A couple of years ago I made it for 250 women for an event at our church. I believe the original recipe requires you to fry your own wontons and sugar your own nuts, but with that many people to feed we quickly found some shortcuts.
Turns out you can buy wontons in the Asian section of your grocery store. And honey roasted peanuts taste just as good if not better. If you want to make your own nuts, melt about 1/3 cup sugar in a pan with some pecans or cashews.
The strawberry vinaigrette can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Bacon, pepper, onion, and strawberries. Together so good!
OTHER SALAD RECIPES
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Spinach Quinoa Salad
- Spinach, Feta, and Orzo Salad
- Broccoli Salad
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Creamy Pea Salad
- Corn Frito Salad
Strawberry Wonton Spinach Salad
- 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3 Tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam
- 1 head red or green leaf lettuce, chopped (about 7 ounces)
- 1 7 ounce package baby spinach
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 purple onion, sliced
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup cooked bacon pieces
- 1 cup wonton chips, see Notes
- For the dressing: Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use. This can be made ahead of time.
- For the salad: Toss the lettuce, spinach, vegetables, and strawberries with the dressing right before serving. Add the peanuts, bacon, and wontons and toss in.
I made dressing today. Is it suppose to be thick? I am excited about trying this salad.
Yes, it’s fairly thick but still tosses well.
I so would have loved to go to the conference this year but my husbands cousins wedding was at the same time so I couldn’t :(. Next year!! Anyway, this salad looks amazing! Pinned 🙂
Just tried this for the 1st time today & absolutely LOVED it! The combination of sweet & crunchy ingredients are such a refreshing & delicious change to my normal salads at home. Also great served with grilled chicken on top instead of bacon. Thanks for sharing this tasty new salad – it’s easily 1 of, if not my very favourite new salad recipe!
Glad you liked it!
Love love love this salad! I have made it with raspberry jam for a twist and it’s equally delicious. Love your blog!
Apologies for the super late comment, I’m catching up on my blog reader now (386 more posts to go through) after a month of chaos from the BHF aftermath. I attended your talk at BHF and you had great tips! Thanks for sharing them all, I’m sorry we never got to meet, but there’s always next time right?
Also if it makes you feel any better, I ate enough of those crispy tofu things at the closing party that my dress was getting tight…and it’s a stretchy fabric! Haha. Awkward. Anyway, love this salad, I always like to have salads with a bit of extra crunch =)
Thank you so much for commenting! I wish I could have met you too!
Your weekend in Miami sounds like it was a blast, even with the whole eating your way out of a dress. I guarantee I would have done the same, maybe next time we can huddle in the corner with our split dresses. This salad looks wonderful! I love the textures and that sweet and salty combo going on!
Love your site! Just pinned one of your recipes.
Mmm, this looks amazing! Love the addition of crunchy wontons, I’m all about different textures in salad.
This looks like the perfect salad after Miami. So nice to get to know you a little better. Hugs!
Oh I hate that I didn’t get to see you this year — I totally would have had your back 😉 This salad is absolutely beautiful!!
Do you have a big back? Because everything was hanging out.
I am dying that your dress split! That is too funny!! Wish I was able to go to Miami this year, you girls looked like you had a blast!!
And this salad…oh my yum!
We missed you guys!!
Drool for this salad!! So lovely to meet you and listen to your inspiring talk. You really are the do it all mama!
Bahaha. Catherine, seriously you are on Oprah and The Chew and every show out there. You are my hero.
Totally making this all summer!
This looks fantastic! I love the looks of that dressing. 🙂
I would have loved to hear you speak about Pinterest, Christy. Sounds so fun to meet fellow bloggers face to face! And I’m loving the strawberry dressing – can’t wait to try!
Come next year!
Loving this unique dressing! Unfortunately, we all have ate our way out of some clothing….grrrr!
Really? Do tell…