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Easy Spinach Salad

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Olena Osipov
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Simply the best Easy Spinach Salad recipe with eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and a healthy salad dressing. Quick to prepare, customizable, and is the perfect side salad to any meal!

Along with strawberry spinach salad, lettuce salad and no massage lemon kale salad, I promise this is one of the best healthy salad recipes you will ever make!

Easy spinach salad in a bowl topped with hard boiled eggs, cucumbers, tomato and sesame seeds.

I have the best simple spinach salad recipe for you! Twelve years ago we used to live in Calgary and I was a brand new mom. One night, a friend invited us over for dinner. Part of the healthy dinner ideas was this salad.

She tossed it with the dressing in a garbage bag! Not environmentally friendly choice but every spinach leaf got coated in delicious easy dressing.

It has become my go-to salad recipe and I use tongs for tossing because I feel bad to throw out a plastic bag after single use.

Other salad favorites on frequent rotation include 10 minute healthy cucumber salad, cucumber and tomato salad and arugula salad, for weeknights and all celebrations.

Spinach is such a versatile superfood full of good for your nutrients! With its mild taste, I have come to use it in everything from healthy spinach dip to a green smoothie!

Simple Spinach Salad Ingredients

Baby spinach, sesame seeds, hard boiled eggs, cucumber, mushrooms, tomatoes, olive oil, dijon mustard apple cider vinegar.

You can actually add whatever you want but here is the basic guideline of what I use because I always have these simple ingredients on hand.

  • Baby spinach: The leaves are more tender, flavorful and honestly just fit on your fork better.
  • Grape tomatoes: Add a burst color and juicy flavor.
  • Cucumber: I love mini cucumbers for taste, but an English or even summer garden cucumber works.
  • Mushrooms: Sliced small button mushrooms add some great texture.
  • Hard boiled eggs: Add protein and that egg yolk is so creamy!
  • Sesame seeds: Crunch with nutty flavor.
  • Healthy dressing: An easy dressing with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and soy sauce. You can substitute the apple cider vinegar with lemon juice.

How to Make Spinach Salad

The beauty of this salad is it’s a cinch to whip up with only a little prep work!

Cutting hard boiled egg on cutting board with tomatoes, mushrooms and cucumbers.

Prep ingredients: Slice hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and cucumbers. I love to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs or air fryer hard boiled eggs as they turn out perfectly every time.

Toasted sesame seeds: I love to quickly toast my sesame seeds in a small skillet on the stove. You can opt not to toast your seeds, but they do add another layer of flavor.

A hand pouring a small bowl of sesame seeds over salad.

Place ingredients in bowl: Fill large salad bowl with spinach, then add eggs, mushrooms, cucumbers and tomatoes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds last.

Dressing in small jar being poured on a bowl of salad with spinach.

Make dressing: In a small jar with a tight fitting lid, combine dressing ingredients. Shake until well mixed. Then pour dressing over salad, use as much or as little as you like.

Salad being tossed with salad tongs.

Toss salad: Toss salad gently. I like to start with a small amount of dressing and then add more as needed while tossing.

A bowl of spinach, hard boiled eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes being served with salad tongs.

Serve immediately: This salad is best fresh right after you toss the spinach with the dressing.

Salad Variations

This salad is so flexible! Feel like sprucing it up? Here are a few ideas!

Spinach salad with hard boiled eggs, cucumbers and tomatoes dressed in a white bowl.

What To Serve With This Salad?

The beauty of this salad is it’s just as good for a weeknight dinner as it is a holiday dinner! You can serve it with a variety of meal ideas.

Oven baked chicken breast goes with it well for a low carb dinner. So does baked salmon or air fryer lamb chops.

For a quick and budget friendly vegetarian dinner make simple spaghetti recipe or low carb cheese almond flour crust pizza.

During the holidays serve with roast turkey breast or sirloin tip roast.

Can You Prep This Ahead of Time?

Once tossed, it is best to enjoy salad the same day. Fresh spinach wilts extremely fast.

To make ahead for meal prep or busy holidays, refrigerate all salad ingredients in a bowl covered with plastic separately from the dressing for up to 2 days. Dressing lasts for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

What if dressing solidifies in the fridge? Olive oil hardens when refrigerated. Just place the jar with the dressing in a bowl with hot water for 10 minutes or so. Always shake dressing before adding to salad.

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Easy Spinach Salad

Easy Spinach Salad

Simply the Best and Easy Spinach Salad recipe with eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and a healthy salad dressing.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • In a large salad bowl, add spinach, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms and sesame seeds.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Dressing in a jar can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Place in a bowl with hot water for 10 minutes to warm up, then shake.

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      Notes

      • Cheese: Add fresh feta, goat cheese or parmesan. 
      • Onion: Add chopped red onion or green onion.
      • Lemon juice or red wine vinegar are a good substitute for apple cider vinegar.
      • Nuts: Toasted almonds or walnuts add additional crunch.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1cup | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 268mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

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      1. I made your corned beef and cabbage in the instapot yesterday. It was amazing! I cannot wait to try this “Best Ever Spinach Salad” recipe. Looks delicious! I just need a bigger refrigerator. LOL. Still praying for peace in Ukraine Oleana. Remember, you are not alone and the whole world in watching.

      2. 5 stars
        The flavours definitely grew on me! Will be making this again since it’s super filling and nutritious.

      3. 5 stars
        This recipe is a success. I have served it several times to rave reviews! I use some everything bagel seasoning as a garnish on the eggs instead of the sesame seeds. It will be a go to salad for me. Outstanding and simple dressing!

        1. When you use gluten free soy sauce, tamari or liquid or coconut aminos this is gluten free. Enjoy!

      4. 5 stars
        This is DELICIOUS!!! I didn’t have the apple cider vinegar so I substituted rice wine vinegar. Do NOT skip the sesame seeds. They make the salad! I added a little green onion to mine as well. I scaled the recipe down for 2. And NO I did not share! lol

      5. I am making this to add in my meal plan and just wondering how much the nutritional values change leaving out the mushrooms.

      6. Question: If I make the dressing with rice vinegar will it make a big difference in taste vs apple vinegar?

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