Strawberry Arugula Salad with Fennel, Toasted Almonds, and Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette {Recipe}

Sweet, juicy strawberries, crisp fennel, peppery arugula, and crunchy toasted almonds are tossed together in a sweet and elegant strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing for an easy weeknight side dish or festive appetizer for company.

Strawberry arugula salad with fennel, toasted almonds, and a sweet strawberry Champagne vinaigrette is a light and fresh appetizer for spring and summer dinners. Get the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Did you know May is National Salad Month? If not, then now you do! And now you can go ahead and spend the rest of the month making and enjoying nutritious and delicious salads like this Strawberry Arugula Salad I threw together as a side dish for dinner one night last week!

Throughout the winter, my go-to side salad for weeknight dinners is this Citrus Fennel Salad, which has arugula topped with thinly sliced fennel, Cara Cara oranges, and a light citrus vinaigrette. Sometimes I add toasted almonds, sometimes thinly sliced beets. On occasion I’ll even throw some crumbled goat cheese on there. It’s actually pretty similar to my colleague Jamie’s Citrus Salad with Fennel over at Dishing Out Health.

Ingredients & Preparation

Now that spring is here, those Cara Cara oranges I adore so much are no longer available at Trader Joe’s (where I get all the ingredients for that winter salad). Whomp whomp :cry:. On the bright side, strawberries are in season! So what better way to change up my go-to weeknight salad than to add strawberries and a strawberry-based dressing?! Genius, I know!

Strawberry arugula salad with fennel, toasted almonds, and a sweet strawberry Champagne vinaigrette is a light and fresh appetizer for spring and summer dinners. Get the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

This strawberry arugula salad with fennel is super quick and easy to whip up. It does require a few kitchen tools, but hopefully you have them on hand – they are some of my staples. You’ll need a microplane zester, a food processor or blender (I use my Cuisinart mini-prep food processor), and a mandoline. Despite all these tools, the recipe is easy peasy – I promise!

And it sounds fancy with the strawberry champagne vinaigrette. (Plus, the pretty pink color is super enticing for my little girls!) Champagne vinegar is so delicious and not super expensive, so I do recommend buying a bottle even if you have a bunch of other vinegars on hand. You can make the salad even fancier and serve it for company by adding some crumbled goat cheese or make it an entree salad by adding some grilled chicken.

However you decide to serve it – simple or more involved – just head to the kitchen and make this Strawberry Arugula Salad! And make sure to check out some of my other salads to celebrate National Salad Month!

Strawberry arugula salad with fennel, toasted almonds, and a sweet strawberry Champagne vinaigrette is a light and fresh appetizer for spring and summer dinners. Get the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Fennel, Toasted Almonds, & Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette Recipe

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Strawberry Arugula Salad with Fennel, Toasted Almonds, and Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette
 
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Sweet, juicy strawberries, crisp fennel, peppery arugula, and crunchy toasted almonds are tossed together in a sweet and elegant strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing for an easy weeknight side dish or festive appetizer for company.
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Recipe Type: Salad, Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Vegan-Friendly
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the Dressing:
  • ½ cup chopped strawberries
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey (for vegan, use maple syrup)
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
For the Salad:
  • 4 ounces arugula
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fennel (use a mandoline if you have it)
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, puree dressing ingredients from strawberries through honey. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. In a large bowl, toss arugula, sliced strawberries, sliced fennel, and dressing. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve.
Notes
To toast almonds, heat in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant. You can also toast in a toaster oven, just keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn.

Strawberry arugula salad with fennel, toasted almonds, and a sweet strawberry Champagne vinaigrette is a light and fresh appetizer for spring and summer dinners. Get the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

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68 Responses to Strawberry Arugula Salad with Fennel, Toasted Almonds, and Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette {Recipe}


  1. EA Stewart says:

    Such a pretty salad, and I love the addition of fennel! When we lived in Falls Church, VA, there was this great “old school Italian” neighborhood restaurant where they served fennel w/ the house salad. I miss that place 🙁 And, I miss cara cara oranges too!!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much EA! It took me a while to get into fennel, but now I love it. Hope you get your hands on some Cara Cara oranges next winter!

  2. I love the salad month love! I’ve never tried Cara Cara oranges, now you have me wanting to be on the lookout for these next season. Strawberries however, always a great option!

    • Jessica says:

      OMG, you have to get your hands on cara cara oranges next winter! They are DEEEEELICIOUS!!!

  3. Melanie says:

    Such a pretty salad! I love strawberry season and all these delicious recipes to use them in!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Melanie! I do too!

  4. Marjorie says:

    Yum! I love all of these ingredients!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you!

  5. This is such a pretty salad and full of delicious things.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks! Hope you try it!

  6. Tash says:

    Yum! This sounds so refreshing! I love the combo of arugula and strawberries!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Tash! It’s so yummy!

  7. linda spiker says:

    Gorgeous salad. I just love arugula!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Linda! Me too – it’s become my favorite salad green!

  8. This salad sounds so good! I LOVE strawberries in salads and I’m a huge fan of fennel. Such a pretty salad.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Emily! Hope you try it soon!

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  22. acktive life says:

    I love summer salads and I think I love every single ingredient in the title. Looks amazing!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks! It’s one of my favorite summer salads. The dressing is super delish 😉

  23. Abbey Sharp says:

    So much colour and flavour in this salad. Perfect for summer :). Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Abbey – it’s really yummy!

  24. the strawberries are so good right now this looks great

    • Jessica says:

      Yes! It’s the perfect time to make this salad!

  25. I didn’t know it was National Salad Month! How do I miss these things?! 🙂 This looks amazing, I love the strawberries in there!

    • Jessica says:

      Haha…always something to celebrate! Thanks – hope you enjoy it!

  26. There is nothing like strawberries and champagne, and arugula makes it healthy, right?

    • Jessica says:

      Lol, absolutely!!

  27. I feel like arugla and strawberries pair so well together – a nice balance between sweet and slightly bitter/peppery!

    • Jessica says:

      You’ve got that exactly right Chrissy!!

  28. Carmy says:

    Um, champagne? Yes please!

    • Jessica says:

      LOL! Champagne vinegar, but hey, throw some of the real stuff in there too if you want! 😉

  29. Tasting Page says:

    I did not know this is national salad month, but I’m ready to jump in. Love the fresh fruit and veggies in here!

    • Jessica says:

      Any month (make that day!) is a great one to celebrate salad! Thanks!

  30. That strawberry champagne vinaigrette sounds amazing! Yum!

    • Jessica says:

      It is SOOOO good! My girls especially love that it’s pink 😉

  31. jill conyers says:

    Arugula is one of my favorite greens.

    • Jessica says:

      One of mine too, although it wasn’t always that way!

  32. im digging that vinaigrette idea!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Dixya! It’s super delish – and pretty too 😉

  33. I had no idea that May was national salad month, and I also have never tried champagne vinegar (although I love champagne!!). Pinned this for later 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      May is the national month for A LOT of stuff, lol! My husband asked me the other day if it has actual champagne in it! It doesn’t – it’s just made from the champagne grapes. But it’s still delicious. Hope you enjoy 😉

  34. And this is why I get excited about strawberry season! What a gorgeous salad! Perfect way to enjoy strawberries throughout spring and summer!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Lindsay! I love strawberry season too!

  35. Taylor Kiser says:

    SO much to love about this salad! Perfect side for grilling season!

    • Jessica says:

      Yes!! Thanks for sharing that idea Taylor!

  36. Yay for strawberry season! I’m loving the combination of flavors in this salad! And the vinaigrette sounds fabulous!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Sonali! I can’t get enough strawberries this time of year. You’ll have to let me know if Sienna likes the dressing 🙂

  37. Sarah says:

    Fresh and flavorful I love the combination of strawberries and fennel you have going on. This salad screams summer.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Sarah! It’s super yummy 😉

  38. What a beautiful salad. In the summertime, strawberries and arugula are made for each other along with goat cheese!! And I also love the sounds of this dressing – I can’t wait to make it.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Rebecca! Goat cheese is a great addition to this salad – I add it often. Can’t wait for you to try it all!

  39. Now this is my kind of summer salad. You have me anxious for strawberry season so I can add this recipe into our summer line-up!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Sandra! I hope those strawberries get to you soon so you can enjoy this!

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