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Strawberry Arugula Salad in a white serving bowl

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Sugar-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Author: Karen
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A flavorful Strawberry Arugula Salad with sugar-free balsamic vinaigrette, honey glazed pecans, and gorgonzola.  This colorful strawberry spinach salad recipe is an easy dinner side that goes with everything.


Units Scale
  • 3/4 cup halved pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 5 ounce container of arugula or 50/50 blend of arugula and spinach*
  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries tops removed and sliced or quartered
  • 2 ounces gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled**
  • 1/2cup red onion, sliced – about 1/2 onion
  • 1/4cup cranberries or other small dried fruit, cherries
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar-free strawberry jam or 1 teaspoon raw honey ***
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Toast Pecans. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add pecan halves. Drizzle honey over pecans and stir to coat. Toast the pecans for a few minutes.  Place on wax paper to cool. Try not to eat them all while making the salad. Break into smaller pieces.
  2. Combine Salad. In a large salad bowl, combine greens, strawberries, cheese, red onion, and cranberries.
  3. Make Dressing. In a small bowl or shaker cruet, add all dressing ingredients except the olive oil. Shake to combine. Slowly add olive oil.
  4. Serve. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently mix. Serve immediately.


50/50 blend of arugula and spinach is a nice variation, if available.

You can also use blue cheese, but I prefer the milder gorgonzola. For best taste, do NOT get the pre-crumbled package. Buy it in a small block and crumble just before serving.

I use jam with no added sugar and sweetened with fruit juice.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Stovetop (nuts only)
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Colorful summer salad, festive salad