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Healthy Spinach Salad Recipe

by Olena

Simple spinach salad recipe with EASY healthy salad dressing you can make in 5 minutes.

I have the best healthy spinach salad recipe for you!

12 years ago a friend made it for me. Back when we used to live in Calgary. She invited us over for a weeknight dinner. I was a brand new mom. She tossed this baby spinach salad with the dressing in a garbage bag! Yes. An enormous amount of salad in a white trash bag. I was impressed. Not environmentally friendly choice but every spinach leaf gets coated in delicious easy spinach salad dressing.

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It has become my go to salad for weeknights and all celebrations. And I use tongs for tossing because I feel bad to throw out plastic bag after single use.

Is Spinach Salad Good for You?

Obviously, yes. Spinach is a super green! I think it’s important to learn how to use spinach in a salad. Frankly there are not many other ways you can eat it raw. And there are health benefits to eating raw vs. cooked spinach.

  • Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It contains high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron and calcium.
  • Spinach has been shown to aid in cancer prevention thanks to its antioxidants.
  • Spinach contains compounds beneficial for the eye health.
  • Spinach keeps your heart healthy.

How many calories in this healthy spinach salad?

About 170 calories if you serve it as a side dish dividing the recipe into 8 servings. You can also make it a main dish. For example, if you add grilled chicken breast. On a hot summer day…Mmmm. So good!

How much fiber in a spinach salad?

Only 1.6 grams. Ha, I thought would be more. But still this easy spinach salad is super good for you!

What to Put in a Spinach Salad?

What to add to spinach salad or what are the ingredients? You will not believe how easy it is. You can add whatever you want but here are the basics my friend used. And I do the same because I always seem to have these ingredients on hand.

  • Baby spinach
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Mushrooms (obviously I was out)
  • Eggs
  • Sesame seeds
  • Easy spinach salad dressing

Simple spinach salad recipe with EASY healthy salad dressing you can make in 5 minutes.

Healthy Spinach Salad Dressing Recipe

Healthy dressing for this spinach salad is to die for and so easy! You shake all these pantry staples in a jar and refrigerate for up to a few weeks. It’s my go-to homemade dressing I use any time on any combination of vegetables.

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Soy sauce

Simple spinach salad recipe with EASY healthy salad dressing you can make in 5 minutes.

Healthy Spinach Salad Tips and FAQs

How to Dry Spinach without a Salad Spinner?

I absolutely love my salad spinner. But if you don’t have one here is how you can dry spinach without a salad spinner:

  1. Wash spinach in a large bowl with cold water.
  2. Drain and wash again.
  3. Drain as much as you can. I usually hold it with my hand. No colander.
  4. Spread on a linen towel and pat dry. You might have to switch a towel for dry one. Still more environmentally friendly choice than paper towels.

Can You Freeze Spinach for Salads?

Unfortunately not. Once you freeze fresh spinach it wilts. You can freeze spinach for a green smoothie recipe though. Works like a charm.

What If the Dressing Solidifies in the Fridge?

Olive oil hardens when refrigerated. Just place a jar with the dressing in a bowl with hot water for 1o minutes or so. Always shake the dressing before serving.

How to Make Candied Pecans for Spinach Salad?

If you would like to “glorify” simple spinach salad with candied pecans, here is how to make them:

  1. Place a handful or two in a skillet.
  2. Cook on medium heat until fragrant, stirring occasionally not to burn.
  3. Add a bit of butter and sugar.
  4. Cook until candied, stirring often.

I’m sorry but everything is eyeballed because a) I’m European b) because you can do it too.:)

Simple spinach salad recipe with EASY healthy salad dressing you can make in 5 minutes.

How to Make a Healthy Spinach Salad

  1. In a large salad bowl, add spinach, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms and sesame seeds.
  2. In a small Mason jar, add olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and soy sauce. Screw on lid tight and shake until well mixed.
  3. Pour dressing over salad before serving and toss gently. Serve immediately.

Simple spinach salad recipe with EASY healthy salad dressing you can make in 5 minutes.

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Healthy Spinach Salad Recipe

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Simple spinach salad recipe with EASY healthy salad dressing you can make in 5 minutes.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American Ukrainian

Ingredients

Healthy Spinach Salad

  • 11 oz box of organic baby spinach, pre-washed
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 1 long English cucumber, sliced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

Healthy Spinach Salad Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, add spinach, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms and sesame seeds.
  2. In a small Mason jar, add olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and soy sauce. Screw on lid tight and shake until well mixed.
  3. Pour dressing over salad before serving and toss gently. Serve immediately.

Make Ahead: Refrigerate salad ingredients separately from the dressing covered with plastic for up to 2 days.

Notes

Dressing can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Olive oil hardens when refrigerated. Just place a jar with the dressing in a bowl with hot water for 1o minutes or so. Always shake the dressing before serving.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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