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Crisp Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

on December 9, 2022
last updated May 14, 2024
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This Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad combines sweet strawberries with savory veggies, crunchy nuts, and tangy goat cheese over leafy greens.
Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad on a plate with more on serving platter behind it

Looking for a colorful, fresh, and delicious salad to feed a crowd? This Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad hits the spot with a beautiful balance of sweet and savory.

Vibrant in both flavor and color, this simple salad tops a leafy green base with fruits, veggies, nuts, goat cheese, and a quick and easy homemade vinaigrette to bring a variety of flavors and textures to each bite.

Close up of Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

As an environmental scientist, I always try to stick to seasonal eating! It’s one of the easiest (and most delicious!) ways to support local farmers and improve your carbon footprint.

Green tip: Seasonal and local foods have less associated transportation costs and fuel emissions. Check when strawberries are in season in your area with this Seasonal Food Guide.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad Ingredients

Here’s everything you need:

  • Leafy greens. Like arugula, spinach, spring mix, watercress or a combination of these.
  • Strawberries. The star of this salad. It adds just the right amount of sweetness and color to this salad.
  • Red onion. For crunch, and to merge the savory and sweet elements seamlessly.
  • Cucumber. For freshness and crunch.
  • Nuts. Like pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, or pistachios.
  • Goat cheese. It adds the right amount of tang.
  • Balsamic Vinegar & Oil. To make a quick vinaigrette.
  • Honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup. The last element in the vinaigrette to add some sweetness to cut the acidity of the vinegar.
all ingredients for strawberry goat cheese salad - cucumber, nuts, leafy greens, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, strawberries, honey, goat cheese, red onion

Additional add-in ideas:

  • Candied nuts
  • Bell peppers
  • Snow peas
  • Raisins
  • Craisins
  • Avocado
  • Apple slices
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Chickpeas
  • Hemp seeds
  • Capers

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad Tips and Tricks

Prep Your Add-Ins

Peel and slice your red onion thin. Rinse your cucumber and strawberries. I like to peel my cucumber, but that’s up to you. Either way, slice it thin and then cut each slice in half.

Cut the greens off of the strawberries and slice them in half or thirds if they are very large.

The idea is for each element to be bite-sized, making your salad easy to eat and giving you a better chance to get a little bit of everything in every forkful.

Strawberries go well with a lot of veggies! Aside from cucumbers, red onion, and arugula, strawberries also go well with red and green bell peppers, avocado, asparagus, snow peas and spinach.

Sliced red onion, chopped cucumber, and sliced strawberries

Toss It Together

To a large salad bowl, add the prepped onion, cucumber, and strawberries. Then, add the nuts and use your hands to crumble the goat cheese.

Use salad tongs to toss the salad, distributing the ingredients evenly throughout the leafy greens.

Adding onion, strawberry, and cucumber to mixed greens

Make Your Quick Vinaigrette

Oil and vinegar do not easily combine. I find the best way to make the vinaigrette is to add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and honey (or agave nectar or maple syrup) to a jar with a lid.

Secure the lid on the jar very tight and shake vigorously to combine. When the oil and vinegar do combine, they create an emulsion, which will thicken the vinaigrette.

Mixing balsamic vinegar with olive oil and honey to make a simple vinaigrette

Dress Right Before Serving

The longer the salad sits with the vinaigrette on it, the more chance you have of it getting soggy. Additionally, leftover salad without the dressing will last much longer in the fridge.

And lastly, some people like more dressing than others! For these reasons, I highly recommend serving the vinaigrette on the side, and allowing everyone to dress their own salad.

If you do wish to dress the entire salad, you can use all of the vinaigrette. This recipe is designed to make just the right amount.

Pouring vinaigrette over salad when ready to serve

Storing Leftover Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Salad without vinaigrette will last on the counter at room temperature for about four hours. In an airtight container, it will last for about 3 days in the refrigerator.

If you have leftover vinaigrette, it can last in a sealed jar for up to 3 months.

If your salad has vinaigrette on it, it’s best to enjoy it within a couple of hours. Otherwise, it will start to get soggy.

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? Reduce your contribution to food waste by properly storing and enjoying your leftovers!

How to Serve Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

If you want this Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad to be elevated to a main dish status, consider adding a hot element.

My favorite ways to make this salad a main is by adding roasted vegetables or fish.

A couple of favorites include these Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Asparagus, and this Roasted Asparagus and Carrots.

For fish, I love adding this Roasted Garlic Salmon for Two, Pecan Crusted Halibut, or Baked Cod with Panko.

Serving platter full of Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

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Why You Should Make this Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

  • It’s fresh. Loaded with fresh fruits and veggies with a variety of flavors and textures for a delicious salad.
  • It’s balanced. Tang from the goat cheese, sweetness from the strawberries, acidity from the onions, all tied together with a balanced quick and easy vinaigrette.
  • It feeds a crowd. Six main-dish-sized servings or up to 10 side salads!

If you’re loving this Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad and want more fresh dishes, check out this Vegan Couscous Salad and Tuna Pesto Pasta Salad.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad on a plate with more on serving platter behind it

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

5 from 2 votes
Marley Goldin
This Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad combines sweet and fresh strawberries with savory red onion, crisp cucumber, crunchy nuts, and tangy goat cheese over leafy greens with a quick and easy homemade vinaigrette.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings


Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

  • 10 ounces leafy greens like spinach, arugula or spring mix
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • ½ large red onion
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 3 ounces nuts like walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, or pistachios
  • 4 ounces goat cheese


Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and honey (or agave nectar or maple syrup) to a jar fit with a lid. Close the lid tight and shake vigorously to emulsify.
    Whipping up quick balsamic-based vinaigrette

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

  • Rinse and dry your leafy greens (if necessary) and strawberries. Chop the leaves off of your strawberries and slice them into bite-sized pieces. Then, peel and slice your onion and cucumber into bite-sized pieces.
    Prepping red onion, cucumber, and strawberries for salad
  • Add the greens, onion, cucumber, strawberries, and nuts to a large mixing bowl and crumble the goat cheese on top. Toss to combine.
    Tossing Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad
  • Add the Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette to the salad just before serving or serve the vinaigrette on the side. Enjoy!
    Adding quick dressing to Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

Pro Tips

Course Appetizers, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Confetti Orzo Pasta Salad, Fresh Salad with Strawberries, No-Bake, Salad Dressing, Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad
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