Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

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This Classic Spinach Salad recipe is topped with bacon, red onion, fresh mushrooms & boiled eggs. An easy homemade poppy seed dressing this is the perfect complement.  This makes a delicious side or is great with grilled chicken for a complete meal.

Classic Spinach Salad dressing in a jar

I love spinach salad and I always have!  My mom used to make it loaded up with goodies like eggs, bacon and mushrooms!  It could literally be a meal on it’s own!

This Spinach Salad is topped with an easy homemade Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing recipe. The great thing is that this dressing is a vinaigrette meaning it has no dairy yet it’s still rich and creamy.  If you’ve never made your own dressing, it’s something you’ve got to try.  It’s really easy and it tastes SO much better than bottled dressing (I could almost drink this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing).

Classic Spinach Salad recipe in a bowl

One of the things to keep in mind when making the dressing is that you’ll want to be adding the oil as slowly as you possibly can to allow the mixture to emulsify (or thicken).  This is the same technique used when making mayonnaise.  This dressing will keep in the fridge for about 3 days but once you try it you’ll be wanting salad for every meal so likely it’ll be long gone before then!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* hand blender * dijon * poppy seeds *

Classic Spinach Salad dressing in a jar
5 from 4 votes
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Spinach Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
This Classic Spinach Salad recipe is topped with bacon, red onion, fresh mushrooms & boiled eggs. An easy homemade poppy seed dressing this is the perfect complement. This makes a delicious side or is great with grilled chicken for a complete meal.


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    • 1 egg , room temperature
    • 1/3 cup canola oil
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
    • 3 tablespoons honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
    • 10 oz spinach
    • 6 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled
    • 4 hard boiled eggs
    • 1/2 red onion , thinly sliced
    • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
    • 1 cup sliced mushrooms

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    • Place egg in a small container with 1 tablespoon of the vinegar. While blending on low (with a blender or hand mixer) pour in olive oil and canola oil as slowly as possible.
    • Add in remaining vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic powder and black pepper. Pulse until mixed. Stir in poppy seeds and salt to taste.
    • Combine all remaining ingredients except eggs in a large bowl. Toss with dressing. Add sliced eggs and serve.

    Nutrition Information

    Calories: 702, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 61g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 265mg, Sodium: 651mg, Potassium: 688mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 7045IU, Vitamin C: 21.5mg, Calcium: 234mg, Iron: 3.6mg
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    1. so yummy! i substituted mayo and just added in the mustard and poppyseeds, salt & pepper & honey…. feeling like a pro! LOL. My salad is very frugal just dressing and i tossed in some fresh strawberries. It was like a dream on this hot summer day.5 stars

    2. Sounds delicious & healthy, but it isn’t. Waaay too many calories & fat for ‘just’ having a salad. It does however, sound very tasty. I think I’ll pass on this one.

      1. Many dressings contain raw eggs (such as homemade caesar salad dressing). Emulsifying raw eggs with oil makes mayonnaise which is why this dressing has a creamy texture. If you are pregnant you would likely want to avoid raw eggs.

      2. Mayonnaise contains “raw” eggs.
        And I do believe salad dressings such as:
        Creamy Italian, Ranch, Russian, French & even McDonald’s Big Mac’s “special sauce”.

    3. this is what I call a salad! I love all those healthy and gourmet ingredients in the dressing. pinning!

    4. Perfect. I needed a new homemade dressing in my life and this is one I’ll be trying. Love spinach salads!