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Strawberry Spinach Salad. I just mix sliced strawberries, chopped nuts, fresh spinach. and raspberry vinagreitte, but you could add whatever you want to this. Here is a link: http://premeditatedleftovers.blogspot.com/2009/04/strawberry-spinach-salad.html


I know you asked for salads but my kids also eat spinach in a copy cat of Olive Garden's minestrone soup. Here is a link: http://premeditatedleftovers.blogspot.com/2009/08/vegetable-garden-minestrone-soup.html

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Here's our favorite spinach salad & dressing recipe.


2 bags spinach

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

2 eggs, hard-cooked & chopped

3 cups shredded Swiss cheese

6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (I use bacon bits)


Combine all in a large bowl & mix with dressing.


Mix in blender (dressing):

1 onion

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp celery seed

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp mustard

1/3 cup vinegar

1 cup oil


I never put all the dressing on the salad. It keeps well in the fridge.

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Here's mine--it's always gone when I take it to potlucks but only my veggie loving kid likes it.


I have a friend who incorporates spinach into meatballs and her kids like those.


Spinach Salad



½ cup olive oil

¼ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon pepper

onion to taste (recipe calls for ½ medium onion—I use two tablespoons)

Finely chop onion and mix with other ingredients 12 hours in advance.

Salad Ingredients


Spinach, washed & dried bacon, fried crisp & drained

One 11-ounce can mandarin oranges mushrooms & avocado (optional)

Just before serving, mix ingredients and toss with dressing.

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I do super simple


1 bag of baby spinach washed

1 bunch of scallions chopped

sliced mushroom (if you like them)

chopped boiled egg (if you like them)

6 pieces of bacon sliced into pieces


Vineagar, salt, a little sugar.


Cook the bacon in a measuring cup in the microwave until done and crispy.

Remove the bacon and chop, but save the drippings.


Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl.


To the reserved bacon drippings add vinegar (twice as much vinegar as drippings) salt to taste (usually 1/2 tsp or so) and sugar to taste (usually 1 tsp or so). Stir everything up and then pop in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Stir again making sure to get the bits on the side of the cup. Pour over the salad and toss. Add the bacon to the top and serve.


My kids love this and my father asks for it all the time.

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Not spinach salad, but since spinach is a top 25 power food here are my children's favorite spinach recipes:


Sauteed Spinach - Saute garlic and 1 T sesame seeds in olive oil in a large pot. Add fresh spinach with a few splashes of water. Cover and cook over high heat for 5 min., stirring once or twice. Add 1/8 tsp. cayanne pepper. (Note> The spinach will greatly reduce in size. I do two bags of baby spinach for a family of 5. Also if you use regular spinach leaves and have young kids, cut up the sauteed spinach before you serve so they don't choke. You don't need to do that with the baby spinach).


Smoothies - I swear you will not taste the spinach in these smoothies. Put 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water in blender. Add 2 cups fresh spinach and blend. Add frozen fruit, (my kids love strawberries and banana). Serves 2 or 3. (I also add a scoop of protein powder and 1 T ground flax seeds too).

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My favorite spinach salad is pretty much my own invention.


Washed, fresh baby spinach

Chopped Walnuts

Your favorite apple, diced into bite size pieces

Top with Raspberry Vinaigrette.


I reduce the sugar in this recipe drastically.



1/2 c. raspberry vinegar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper, fresh ground

4 tsp. sugar

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard


Mix all ingredients together. Makes 1/2 cup. Keep in refrigerator in container with tight fitting lid.

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We eat this about 4X a week:


Fresh baby spinach

Orange sections or canned mandarin oranges

Sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen)

Raspberries (fresh or frozen)


Use whatever spinach:fruit ratio you want. We use enough fruit that we usually skip any dressing. However, one day I played around and mixed orange marmalade and balsamic vinegar to toss with this salad, and it was a big hit. I'd do it again.

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Yum, yum, yum!! So many great recipes. I'm going to try them all and see which one I like best!!


And since spinach is a top 25 power food (thanks Ferdie;)), how about sharing some more of your favorite spinach recipes?


Alea, I can't wait to try your Olive Garden recipe! It's a good time of year for Minnestrone soup. Yum.


Thanks Ladies!


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