16 Impressive Spinach Salad Recipes

Flavorful and Fresh Salads Everyone Will Love

Strawberry Chicken Salad With Champagne Vinaigrette

Samantha Merritt

Spinach salad recipes are surprisingly diverse. From salads topped with delicious fruits and homemade dressings to wonderful pasta and chicken salads, they're delicious and full of fresh ingredients that will please everyone.

Spinach goes well with a variety of fresh produce, including apples, beets, strawberries, and other types of greens. The best dressings for spinach salads are often lightly flavored vinaigrettes that are quick and easy to make from scratch. Whether you're looking for a way to spruce up your lunch or seeking an impressive salad to feature at dinner, the perfect recipe is waiting for you.

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    Spinach Salad With Apple Vinaigrette

    Spinach Salad With Apple Vinaigrette
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    This delightful spinach salad with apple vinaigrette recipe is adorned with a simple homemade apple vinaigrette. The inviting flavor comes from apple cider vinegar and a fresh apple accented with onion and mustard. Garnish it with crumbled bacon, walnuts, or pecans if you like. It's simple and delicious and can easily become your family's new favorite.

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    Spinach Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing

    Spinach Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing

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    When it comes to enhancing fresh spinach, it's hard to beat a spinach salad and warm bacon dressing. It's made with a few common ingredients, including vinegar and sugar, which give the salad a sweet and sour taste. Red onions, hard-boiled eggs, and radishes finish the wilted spinach salad perfectly, and everything can be prepped in advance.

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    Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad

    Spinach and Strawberry Salad
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    As you explore spinach salads, you'll find that this green is the ideal pairing for sweet strawberries. There are many things you can do with the combo, and this easy strawberry spinach salad recipe is a great place to begin. It features a homemade dressing of honey, cinnamon, lemon, and Dijon mustard. While that sounds a bit unusual, it works really well.

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    Spinach Salad With Strawberries and Pecans

    Spinach Salad With Strawberries and Pecans

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    Using the same dynamic duo, this spinach salad with strawberries and pecans puts a different spin on the dressing. The recipe creates a balsamic vinegar dressing seasoned with tarragon, garlic, and mustard that is a tasty addition to other salads too. Add a few toasted pecans and goat cheese if you like, and it's a memorable salad that's perfect for a quick lunch.

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    Strawberry Spinach Salad With Red Wine Vinaigrette

    Spinach Salad With Strawberries and Red Wine Vinaigrette
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    Fresh spinach and strawberries with toasted sesame seeds form the base of this impressive strawberry spinach salad. The recipe's dressing is a red wine vinaigrette that you'll want to keep in stock. With a flavor combination that includes dill, garlic, garlic, and dried mustard against red wine vinegar, it's sure to make your taste buds happy.

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    Strawberry Chicken Salad With Champagne Vinaigrette

    Strawberry Chicken Salad With Champagne Vinaigrette

    The Spruce / Samantha Merritt

    If you want to go all out and create a spinach salad to serve as an entrée, try the strawberry chicken salad with Champagne vinaigrette. The semi-sweet vinaigrette dressing is lightly flavored with garlic, lemon, and mustard and sweetened with honey. It's an exquisite dish that sounds far more difficult than it is and a nice choice for a spring brunch.

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    Beet Salad With Spinach and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Beet Salad recipe

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    Beets are fantastic with spinach as well. Roast the beets or boil them for this simple and intriguing beet and spinach salad recipe. The balsamic dressing is impressive and flavorful, mixing garlic, Dijon mustard, and honey for a sweet-savory topping. The salad is finished off with bacon, toasted pecans or walnuts, and a bit of cheese.

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    Moroccan Beetroot Salad With Yogurt Dressing

    Moroccan Beetroot Salad With Yogurt Dressing

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    Another tasty option, this Moroccan beetroot salad with yogurt dressing has an array of clever flavors. The creamy dressing is made with yogurt, cumin, and garlic. That is drizzled over vinegar-dipped beets, baby spinach, mint, and cilantro to create a rather extraordinary salad.

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    Basic Tossed Salad

    Basic tossed salad with homemade croutons

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    A basic tossed salad is always a hit and you can mix it up using any variety of ingredients you have on hand. Adding spinach as one of the mixed greens gives the salad a boost of flavor, and it's a great way to use up an extra bag of spinach. Add your favorite dressing or try the recipe's simple five-ingredient olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing.

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    Seven-Layer Salad

    Seven-Layer Salad

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    Seven-layer salad is one of the best things you can take to a gathering, and the possibilities are endless. Use spinach for one of the lettuce layers and pile on the eggs, peas, bacon, cheese, mayonnaise, and green onions. Your potluck contribution will be gone before you know it.

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    Pasta Salad With Spinach, Chickpeas, and Tahini

    Pasta Salad With Spinach, Chickpeas, and Tahini

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    Spinach belongs in pasta salads, too! Ideal for a summer party, this pasta salad with spinach, chickpeas, and tahini is easy to whip up at the last minute. Have fun choosing the pasta, then add chickpeas and baby spinach. The dressing combines garlic scapes, tahini, oregano, red pepper flakes, and a hint of lemon. It's an ideal side dish or appetizer for a dinner party.

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    Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach

    Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

    An abundance of spinach and leftover chicken will disappear quickly in this chicken pasta salad. Go with a small round pasta like fusilli or rotini, and add bell pepper, grape tomatoes, red onion, garlic, or anything fresh from the garden. The mayonnaise-based dressing has a wonderful lemon, Dijon mustard, and basil zing.

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    Spinach Orzo Salad

    Spinach Orzo Salad

    The Spruce / Pete Scherer

    Spinach orzo salad is a nice alternative to the usual mayo-laden pasta or potato salad. This springy pasta salad incorporates a fresh spinach sauce and wilted spinach for a bright green dish. Artichoke hearts and cheeses add texture and flavor, and it's a fabulous side for poultry or pork dinners.

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    Tortellini Pasta Salad

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    Bright, colorful, and crowd-pleasing, a tortellini pasta salad is perfect for a summer picnic. Tri-color cheese tortellini is tossed with diced salami, black olives, cucumber, grape tomatoes, red onion, and fresh spinach. Adding bits of fresh mozzarella, basil, and pepperoncini makes it even more interesting. It's dressed with a spruced-up Italian salad dressing out of the bottle, so it's super easy.

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    Quinoa, Tuna, and Chickpea Salad

    Quinoa, Tuna, and Chickpea Salad

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    Chickpeas can transform the average spinach salad into something spectacular in this quinoa, tuna, and chickpea salad recipe. The salad combines fluffy quinoa with canned tuna and chickpeas, baby spinach, cilantro, mint, spring onions, and cherry tomatoes. You will also love that the garlic-lemon dressing is effortless to whip up.

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    Killed Lettuce

    Southern Killed Lettuce

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    Killed lettuce is an Appalachian recipe that features your favorite salad greens, including plenty of spinach. The fresh greens are slathered in a hot mixture of onion and bacon drippings. Once tossed, the greens wilt and are seasoned with either red pepper flakes or hot sauce for a little spice.