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Summer Spinach Salad Recipe
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Summer Spinach Salad Recipe

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Guests always request the recipe for this fabulous spinach salad. Tossed with ripe banana chunks, fresh strawberries and toasted almonds, it looks and tastes special enough for company. The tangy poppy seed dressing is a snap to combine in the blender. -Callie Berger, Diamond Springs, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 8 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 3 large ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 149 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 99 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a blender, combine the first six ingredients. Cover and process until the sugar is dissolved. Add the poppy seeds; process just until blended.
  2. In a salad bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Summer Spinach Salad in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p27

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Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

"This review is for the dressing only - I used a different combo for the salad. I was looking for an alternate to our favorite dressing. This one is very tasty, easy, and a hit with our family. Sorta sweet, sorta tangy - very good - likely my new favorite!"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

"Do wait until strawberries are at their best in the summer so no extra sweetening is necessary. Delightfully different to be sure and very nutritious! Some young children may not go for this, however, but they often don't like any kind of salad anyway. Would be a super offering at a potluck!"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"This salad is so easy and delicious. It has a great variety of textures, from the spinach to the bananas to the almonds. And I love the sweet and tangy dressing!"

Reviewed May. 26, 2011

"easy & delicious"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2009

"Delicious! So easy, yet unique and very pleasing to the palate.

~ Theresa"

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