Spicy Strawberry Salad

This Spicy Strawberry Salad is a treat in winter when strawberries start appearing in the stores again, not to mention when strawberries are in season!

There is a surprising amount of kick to this dressing considering the easy ingredients. It comes from the garlic… if you like it really, really zesty crush the garlic instead of mince. If you like it toned down consider reducing the amount of minced garlic.

The feta cheese and raspberry elements in the dressing make it salty and tangy.

It comes together in no time.  You need to toast your almonds but you can do that while you prep the lettuce and strawberries.

Strawberries and grated feta cheese on a bed of greens

This salad is so robust it would make a fantastic side to a nice juicy steak. Check out the choices below!

Strip Loin Steak with Marinade


Or this Make Ahead Chicken Salad

Make Ahead Chicken Salad

Wine Pairing for Spicy Strawberry Salad

The strawberries in the Salad and the raspberry in the dressing suggest a fruity Rosé would be a great pairing with this salad. That would be my first choice.

In the White category I would go with an aromatic Pinot Gris or an off-dry fruity Riesling.

Red category calls for a lighter red, again something fruity and not tannic- a light Pinot Noir or a Grenache varietal or blend would also work. A lighter Sangiovese could also work.


Strawberries and greens drizzled with creamy garlic dressing

Spicy Strawberry Salad

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Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 6 people



  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 3 cups strawberrries cleaned and sliced
  • 1 cup feta cheese grated
  • 1 cup almonds


  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsps brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsps balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raspberry dressing (I used Kraft)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Roughly crush almonds. I put them in a re-sealable bag and crush them with my rolling pin.
  • Toast almonds 10-13 minutes. Monitor closely since nuts can burn quickly.
  • Arrange lettuce, strawberries and feta on a platter.


  • Whisk all dressing ingredients together until well combined.
  • Top salad with cooled crushed almonds just before serving and drizzle dressing over salad.


The garlic is  a lot of what makes this dressing sharp.  If you have any reservations about garlic reduce the amount to 1 clove.


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g
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