Emily's Spinach Salad Recipe
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Emily's Spinach Salad Recipe

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I've always loved eating spinach—it's grown here in our area. When I saw an announcement of a spinach cooking contest, I made up this recipe to enter. I was delighted when my colorful, tangy salad took the grand prize! —Emily Fields, Santana, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 219 calories, 22g fat (3g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 331mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the first 10 ingredients; set aside. Place spinach in a large salad bowl.
  2. Just before serving, whisk dressing again and drizzle over spinach; toss gently. Garnish with bacon and egg slices. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Emily's Spinach Salad in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p25

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"Flavor was not good. Curry was strong as was the taste of oil."

Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"best spinach salad EVER"

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"Recipes are just a guide and you make them to your own taste. Excellent as it stands. Tried it as is but then cut the oil. Thank you Emily. This is a winner. Top the salad with thin slices of grilled smoked duck breast and you have a main course to die for"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"Simple and good!"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"We liked this recipe but the dressing has way too much canola oil for our tastes. I couldn't even taste the red wine vinegar and it has a strong flavor. This salad is very healthy and will try it again with less oil!"

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