Spinach Salad

Do you have a signature dish?

That one dish that when you are invited to a potluck or family dinner you are always asked to bring?

Well, today’s salad recipe is my niece Emily’s signature dish.  At Thanksgiving when Emily asked me what I wanted her to make for dinner my reply, without heistation,  was – you’re spinach salad.  It wouldn’t be a Wilkes family gathering without Emily’s spinach salad.

spinach salad

The main ingredients are pretty basic – spinach, romaine lettuce,  bacon, mushroom, swiss cheese and strawberries.

Spinach Salad

The secret to this recipe is in the sauce or rather the dressing!

Here is the secret ingredient…

….red onion!

The other secret ingredient is of course sugar.

Then there is oil of course, vinegar,  mustard and poppy seeds.

Then you top it off with red onions – the secret ingredient.

Then you shake it all up and put it in the refrigerator and let the flavors combine.   The flavor of the red onion just infuses throughout – so good!

Combine the rest of your ingredients and then top it with the secret sauce!

Spinach Salad

You will eat this salad over and over again.  I just keep a jar of the dressing in the refrigerator and use it on whatever combination of ingredients I have on hand.

What’s your signature dish?

Spinach Salad
  • 20 ounces Spinach
  • 1-2 heads Romaine Lettuce
  • ¾ cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ pound Bacon pieces
  • ½ - ¾ pound Swiss Cheese, grated
  • 1-2 C Strawberries, sliced
  • ⅓ C White Vinegar
  • ⅓ C Sugar
  • ½ C Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1-2 tsp Wet Mustard
  • 1 tsp Poppy Seeds
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake or mix well.
  2. Refrigerate for two hours or longer.
  3. Mix all ingredients together and top with dressing.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Michelle says

    This looks soooooo yummy. Just a few questions – are you using regular ol’ white vinegar or is it white wine vinegar. Secondly, what type of oil are you using? I can’t wait to try this recipe.

      • Michelle says

        Hi Leigh Anne,

        Just wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe using the white wine vinegar and it was fantastic. This salad was to die for and I will definitely be making this again. It’s such a nice change from our standard salad. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. jessica says

    Looks wonderful…! Going to get some red onions today!
    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes, going to “Pin” this one now. :-)

  3. Denise says

    About how many servings would this salad make? about? I just recently found you–had a wonderful ‘brunch’ at 2sons? and it was so good, we’ll go back ! Thanks.

  4. kelly says

    i make your spinach strawberry salad all the time. everyone loves the almonds with sugar but i’ll have to try this one!

  5. Romy Greenwood says

    Leigh Ann,

    I am making this for the 2nd time. Super delicious! And that says a lot coming from someone who rarely enjoys a salad.

    Thank you Leigh Ann for sharing so much of yourself through your website!

  6. says

    Hi Leigh Anne,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and love all the wonderful tips and recipes you post. I had this recipe bookmarked to try since my husband is a huge fan of red onions. We tried it and loved it and I’ve made it again, but adapted it a bit to our tastes. :-) I’ve linked your recipe to my blog on of my posts. Thank you for sharing.


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