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Strawberry and Spinach Salad with Herbs and Goat Cheese

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese is a classic starter that becomes vibrant and complex with the addition of fresh herbs. While tinkering with the proportions of herbs is encouraged, the tarragon can become overpowering if increased.


  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup packed small mixed fresh herb leaves such as basil, mint, and parsley
  • 2 Tbs. packed tarragon leaves
  • 1 cup quartered strawberries
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 oz. fresh goat cheese

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 200
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 150
  • Fat (g): 17
  • Saturated Fat (g): 6
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Cholesterol (mg): 15
  • Sodium (mg): 350
  • Carbohydrates (g): 7
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 6


  • In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, mixed herbs, and tarragon leaves. Gently toss with the strawberries and a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Toss the salad with enough vinaigrette to coat and crumble the goat cheese on top.


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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • LArcher | 06/29/2014

    This is a great easy salad to put together in a flash. I used a combination of fresh spinach and swiss chard from my garden and fresh mint, basil and parsley from my garden as well. I think the next time I will combine balsamic and olive oil as the dressing.

  • joyfullady | 09/15/2013

    When I looked in my frig tonight to make a salad to accompany dinner, all I had was spinach and strawberries. I knew Fine Cooking would have an excellent recipe for a classic salad like this. This is it! Thankfully, I had all the herbs in my garden, the goat cheese and the lemon too. Bonus- this was quick and easy. My husband complimented it. I say its a winner.

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