This spinach salad recipe is a perfectly fresh and simple meal or side dish that comes together in minutes!
In under 5 minutes, you can have this delicious, fresh and filling salad for lunch, dinner or just a side dish to your main meal. Either way, it’s a very nutritious addition to your table.
A good spinach salad can include many different ingredients, depending on your preferences. I tend to enjoy fresh berries and nuts on mine, but some folks prefer dried fruits such as cranberries or simply more vegetables to round out the texture and flavor. And of course, your dressing choice is critical with this type of salad.
DRESSING FOR SPINACH SALAD
Over the years, I’ve done a few dressing recipes that go well with different types of spinach salads. These are the ones that have always tasted best.
- Blue Cheese Vinaigrette – Great for spinach salads that include walnuts, cranberries and blue cheese crumbles.
- Strawberry Vinaigrette – Great for spinach salads that include any type of fruit.
- Italian Dressing – Great for vegetable based spinach salads.
- Balsamic Strawberry Vinaigrette – This is the dressing I used for this salad and it was delicious!
- Pesto Dressing – Great for vegetable based spinach salads
The key with spinach salads is to keep your ingredients simple and as fresh as possible. To me, dried fruits such as cranberries would be the only exception here.
The main things you need to consider are:
- Is this salad a main course?
- Is it a side dish?
- Do you want protein added?
- Do you want it fruit or vegetable based?
Keep in mind that the raw spinach itself, while nutritious, is fairly mild in flavor. So you don’t have to worry too much about it competing with other ingredients. So focus more on what you are adding to it.
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SPINACH SALAD RECIPE:
Spinach Salad Recipe
- 6 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- Simply prep the ingredients as needed and them combine everything in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the dressing AFTER you serve the salad on individual plates. It won't store well in the fridge with dressing on it if you have leftovers.