Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Dressing

Spinach is a powerhouse vegetable, rich in potassium, folate, beta-carotene, and many other nutrients. You can easily incorporate more spinach into your diet with tasty spinach salads. Here is one version.

spinach salad


1 10-ounce package or large bunch fresh spinach, rinsed well and cut up

Optional: 1 cup sliced mushrooms; 2 fresh tomatoes, cut into wedges; 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced; 1/2 cupbroken walnuts

Sweet and Spicy Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, as desired
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup


  1. Place the spinach in a salad bowl (combine with the mushrooms and tomatoes, as desired).
  2. In a jar combine the olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and ketchup. Cover and shake until well blended.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad; toss well, then garnish with eggs and walnuts, as desired.

Yield: 4 large salads

Nutrition Information: 480 total calories; 120 calories per serving; 7 g carbohydrate; 2 g protein; 9 g fat

Special diets: Vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, vegan

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