Grandma's Spinach Salad Recipe
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Grandma's Spinach Salad Recipe

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With all its fresh ingredients, this pretty salad was my grandma’s favorite. Even my little ones like it (but don’t tell them spinach is good for them)! —Shelley Riebel, Armada, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 13 cups)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 5 hard-boiled large eggs, sliced
  • 8 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 280 calories, 21g fat (3g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 214mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. Whisk first four ingredients until sugar is dissolved.
  2. In a 13x9-in. dish, layer half of each of the following: spinach, onion, mushrooms and eggs. Repeat layers. Drizzle with dressing; top with bacon. Yield: 8 servings.
Health Tip: Skip the bacon and this is an easy meat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free potluck dish!
Originally published as Grandma's Spinach Salad in Country August/September 2006, p49

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LDaisy User ID: 5541821 260642
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017


Flamingolady1 User ID: 2327772 259142
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"I make the dressing in the pan that I cooked bacon in, removing most of the fat, add balsamic vinegar and garlic powder (just a sprinkle) and a little sugar. It is one of my family's favorites!!"

meaganteal User ID: 814898 257535
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2016

"I have a mixed review on this--the salad was great, however, I really didn't like the dressing. I tasted like all oil. I used a strawberry vinagarette instead."

MBDURRELL User ID: 1944164 256432
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2016 Edited Nov. 8, 2016

"I have been making this salad for years. The dressing can be made the day before and pulsed in a blender. I add dry, seasoned. Stuffing mix and toss just before serving. It is always a hit at potluck!,"

chsmoak User ID: 8272977 256084
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"This was a great salad and I will make it again for adults, but it was not at all a hit with any of the kids. Not one of the 8 kids in attendance would even touch it with all the onions, mushrooms, and vinegar as ingredients. One kid did pick out some boiled egg. But they loved the cherry Jello I fixed just in case."

gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 256006
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2016

"A healthy salad to pair with any meal. BUT, especially perfect for a potluck or a family gathering - especially since a lot of people are going more vegetarian, it's easy to leave off the bacon if you're not sure! (Or, to just have it on the side!) Definitely have this in my 13x9 recipe wheelhouse!"

janleck User ID: 718602 218555
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"This s the best salad by far. I work for a retirement community and the residents just really enjoy this salad. I've made this countless times and its always great! Thanks for sharing."

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