Spinach Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans, Feta & Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans, Feta & Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
A sweet and tangy summer salad with fresh green baby spinach (or any fresh leafy greens, for that matter), sweet and tart fresh strawberries from our local market, red onion, tangy feta, and crunch candied pecans topped with rich maple balsamic vinaigrette from our local market.





  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 5 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cups candied pecans
  • maple balsamic vinaigrette to taste



  • Add vinegar to a small saucepan
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat and allow to boil until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  • Pour into a jar or bowl, add olive oil, dijon mustard, honey and whisk to blend while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Thin with a little water if desired. Set aside.


About the Cook

Allison Farrell is an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate hosted by the Ohio CDC. She has spent over ten years working in the food industry, most notably as an Operations Manager at a popular all-natural food stand at a campground and music venue. Currently, she is working with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership’s GROW program in carrying out a children’s program at the Warren Farmer’s market called the Power of Produce Club. Its purpose is to expand children’s taste-buds by trying new fruits and vegetables and empowers them to become market participants. She has a passion for combining tasteful ingredients and enjoys cooking for others as well as making home-cooked meals for family and friends.

Souring this recipe was inspired by a sampling of the Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette produced by the McDivitt Family Maple, LLC. She decided to combine other ingredients from the Warren Farmers Market’s local vendors to create this flavorful summer salad. It also includes McDivitt’s maple pecans, strawberries from Cooks Farm and Butterhead lettuce from Salt Springs Farm. The ingredients came together to create a quick and easy, healthy recipe for any occasion. She suggests using your own creativity to alter or add to the ingredients (for example, experimenting with different leafy greens or berries) to make any variation of this salad.


Recipe Source: Cooking Classy