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 each: 149 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g 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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dsm User ID: 3208899 232399
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!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 227708
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!"

ssminn23 User ID: 1053270 28017
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!"

michau User ID: 5984076 70426
Reviewed May. 26, 2011

"easy & delicious"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 70424
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2009

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

~ Theresa"

Red Molly User ID: 1535843 78180
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2008

"Fresh-tasting and delicious! Everyone at our barbecue enjoyed the combination of flavors."

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