This Spinach Raspberry Salad has spinach, raspberries, red onion, macadamia nuts and avocado. Drizzle with a homemade raspberry dressing!

spinach raspberry salad

This salad is the perfect balance for me—healthy greens (we love spinach) and fresh raspberries. Add a homemade raspberry vinaigrette, made with Grandma Ginny’s homemade raspberry jam—perfect.

Spinach Raspberry Salad

I think salads are best when they have a nice mix of flavors and textures—sweet and savory, with a nice crunch. Maybe you’ve also tried my My Favorite Strawberry Spinach Salad or my Best Blueberry Spinach Salad–two of my favorite salads.

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I pulled out my old Portland’s Palate cookbook for this salad recipe, when we made a quick dinner invite this weekend. Our neighbors were coming over for lasagna, and I wanted a new, fresh salad. Do you ever feel you’re in a salad rut? Like you make the same salad over and over? Well, it was time for a change. Plus, I had a brand new jar of homemade raspberry jam in my cupboard.

Spinach Raspberry Salad ingredients

Raspberry Spinach Salad Ingredients:

  • Fresh spinach (chopped)
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Red onion (thinly sliced)
  • Macadamia nuts (roasted and chopped)
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette

Spinach Raspberry Salad with avocado

Tips and substitutions:

This salad recipe has it all! Spinach is my favorite base for salads, because it stays nice and fresh (doesn’t wilt while you’re waiting for company). Feel free to mix up the ingredients to please your palate.

  • We found fresh raspberries at the market, but you can always sweeten up the salad with dried cranberries.
  • There is no cheese in this recipe, but feel free to add feta, blue cheese or even mozzrella cheese.
  • Change up the nuts: Add toasted pecans or almonds, hazelnuts (yes, we live in Oregon!), or walnuts.
  • The dressing makes a lot, enough for a couple salads!

an epic Spinach Raspberry Salad

Raspberry Sesame Dressing

The other thing I love about this salad is the dressing. Gather these ingredients for the best vinaigrette!

  • Sesame oil
  • Raspberry vinegar
  • Raspberry jam (to taste)
  • Salt and pepper

If you’re in a pinch, guess what? Buy a bottle of store-bought raspberry vinaigrette. Really, there are tons of dressing flavors that would be delicious.

How to make Spinach Raspberry Salad

Start with chopped spinach. In a large bowl, combine spinach, raspberries, onion, nuts, avocado, and cilantro.

Reserve a few raspberries and nuts for garnish.

Dressing: In a small bowl, mix oil, vinegar, jam and salt and pepper. Whisk together and set aside until ready to serve the salad.

Drizzle over the salad when you’re ready to serve. Toss well, and then garnish with reserved raspberries and nuts.

Serve immediately!

a woman holding an epic Spinach Raspberry Salad

Where do I buy this epic salad bowl?

The epic salad bowl is back in stock. You can buy it, here.

I love this bowl so much, and the tongs. This is the XL size, but we have smaller sizes. Quick! Buy it now, because we run out quickly. Also the tongs (wood paddles) are quite love.

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My family and guests are always thrilled to see this lovely, refreshing salad on the table. They love the raspberry dressing with the sesame oil.

The perfect dinner party salad!

Spinach Raspberry Salad with dressing

Spinach Raspberry Salad with avocado
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Spinach Raspberry Salad

Adapted from the Portland’s Palate Cookbook. The dressing makes enough for 2 salads. Add the jam accordingly to how sweet you like the dressing.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, toasted and chopped
  • 3 small avocados, or 1 large, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Dressing:

  • ½ cup sesame oil
  • ¼ cup raspberry vinegar
  • ¼ - ½ cup raspberry jam, to taste
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine spinach, raspberries, onion, nuts, avocado, and cilantro. Reserve a few raspberries and nuts for garnish.
  • Dressing: In a small bowl, mix oil, vinegar, jam and salt and pepper. Whisk together and set aside until ready to serve the salad.
  • Drizzle over the salad; toss to combine.
  • Garnish with reserved raspberries and nuts.
  • Serve immediately!
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