Spinach & Strawberry Meal-Prep Salad


One of our most popular salad recipes, Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Feta & Walnuts, gets a makeover in these simple yet totally satisfying meal-prep spinach salad bowls. They require minimal prep and can be customized to your taste. Swap in roasted salmon for the chicken thighs, and almonds or pecans for the walnuts, and use any fresh berry that looks good at your market.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 8 cups baby spinach

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries

  • ¼ cup feta cheese (Optional)

  • ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts

  • 6 tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette (see Associated Recipes)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.

  2. Place chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle all over with salt, thyme and pepper. Roast, flipping once, until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, 15 to 17 minutes. Set aside to cool, then slice into bite-size pieces.

  3. Divide spinach among 4 single-serving lidded containers (2 cups each). Top each with one-fourth of the sliced chicken, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 1 tablespoon feta (if using) and 1 tablespoon walnuts.

  4. Seal the salad containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

  5. Transfer 1 1/2 tablespoons vinaigrette into each of 4 small lidded containers and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

  6. Dress the salads with the vinaigrette just before serving.


To make ahead

Refrigerate salad for up to 4 days, but wait to slice and add strawberries (and feta if using) until ready to eat.

Associated Recipes

Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Feta & Walnuts

Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
24g Fat
14g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g 51%
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Vitamin A 7448IU 149%
Vitamin C 81mg 90%
Folate 34mcg 9%
Sodium 527mg 23%
Calcium 143mg 11%
Iron 6mg 31%
Magnesium 123mg 29%
Potassium 345mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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