Friday, February 17, 2012

Spinach Salad

(This recipe was first posted in conjunction with the Meijer Ad Week of 2/19/12 - 2/25/12)

I've tried quite a few different spinach salad recipes, but this basic one is still my favorite!

1 - 10 oz bag baby spinach
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
1 tomato, diced
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup ketchup
1 small onion, grated
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt

Mix all dressing ingredients together.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours to allow flavors to blend.  Layer or toss salad ingredients.  Stir or shake dressing again before serving over salad.

Options and Tips
  • Prep everything ahead:  cook and crumble the bacon, slice the mushrooms, boil and chop the eggs, dice the tomato.  Then put it all in the fridge in individual ziploc bags or containers.  This way you can throw it all together with the lettuce right before serving in less than a minute!
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp dry minced onion can be substituted for the fresh onion in the dressing.
  • Here's a math problem for you:  How long does it takes to clean almost 2 cups of red, oil-based salad dressing off six cupboard doors and a kitchen floor?  Feel free to experiment if you want to figure out the answer!  :)  (I use a Tupperware shaker to mix and store the dressing. As I was putting the cover on one time, it somehow managed to shoot out of my hands...I still haven't figured out how!) 
  • Add cooked chicken to turn this into an entree salad.
  • These ingredients make a great wrap!  Toss everything together (add cooked chicken if desired) with some dressing and put a large scoop on each flour tortilla (plain or flavored).  Roll up the tortillas and serve with additional dressing for dipping.

This recipe can be found on page 42 of Trinity PRC's "Tasteful Traditions" cookbook.  It was submitted by Elizabeth Vink as "Angie's".


  1. Have you ever used canola oil instead of veggie oil for the spinach salad dressing

    1. I have subbed the canola for the vegetable oil and it turned out fine. Canola oil can generally be substituted for vegetable oil with acceptable results. I have noticed that it separates more easily than vegetable oil, but a quick stir or shake will take care of that.