Spinach Salad Recipes to Get You Excited About Eating More Leafy Greens

Bacon Egg Spinach tuna Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons

Spinach salads are a great way to up your daily veggie intake and provide your body with essential nutrients. Not only are they tasty, but a spinach salad provides abundant vitamins C and K, potassium, and fiber. The dark leafy greens can even improve eye health as well as help prevent heart disease and cancer. Be sure to grab a bag or two of spinach on your next grocery run—you'll want it on hand at all times after reading through these delicious spinach salad recipes that are perfect for easy sides and healthy meals.

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Wilted Spinach Salad

Wilted Spinach Salad
Scott Little

If you haven't tried a wilted spinach salad before, allow this recipe to get you acquainted. The drippings from crisp-cooked bacon serve as the base for the spinach salad dressing that includes vinegar, sugar, and mustard. Chopped hard-cooked eggs and mushrooms make this a filling side or quick lunch ready in 25 minutes.

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Spinach Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Apple Vinaigrette
Andy Lyons

Apples, celery root, and spinach combine with a maple and apple cider vinaigrette for a side-dish salad that will steal the spotlight. Add in some toasted hazelnuts for a nutty, crunchy finish. This easy spinach salad will complement any fall dinner.

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Maple-Pork Wilted Salad

Maple-Pork Wilted Salad
Karla Conrad

"The maple flavor is great with the pork and the cukes and almonds provide a satisfying crunch," says a reviewer of this dish. In addition to the pork tenderloin, this spinach salad is packed with cucumbers, red onions, smoked gouda, and toasted almonds. It's a healthy spinach salad that tastes indulgent, yet only comes in at 325 calories per serving.

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Bacon, Egg, Spinach and Tuna Salad

Bacon Egg Spinach tuna Salad
Andy Lyons

Talk about protein-packed! Our tuna spinach salad involves a quick-seared tuna steak, crispy bacon, and soft-boiled egg. Bonus: This fancy-looking salad only takes 25 minutes to make from start to finish.

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Wilted Spinach Salad with Pears and Cranberries

Wilted Spinach Salad with Pears and Cranberries
Andy Lyons

Fresh pears and dried cranberries add delicious sweet-tart flavor to this wilted spinach salad. The simple red wine vinaigrette made with bacon drippings will make you crave salad for dinner instead of begrudgingly adding it to the plate. If you like, top with Gorgonzola for extra tang.

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Greek Spinach-Tortellini Salad

Greek Spinach - Tortellini Salad
Courtesy of Shawn Syphus

Fans of Greek salad will love this Mediterranean-inspired spinach salad. The leafy greens are combined with feta, tomatoes, green onions, garlic, and lemon peel before tossed in an herb-infused dressing. Prepare this spinach pasta salad up to two hours ahead.

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Spinach Salad with Chicken and Herb-Toasted Walnuts

Spinach Salad with Chicken and Herb-Toasted Walnuts
Karla Conrad

Save time on making this main-dish salad by using a purchased rotisserie chicken for the protein. Utilize seasonal blood oranges or cara cara oranges to give the spinach salad a burst of fresh citrus flavor. Tossed in a balsamic vinegar dressing, you'll be savoring every last bite.

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Frizzled Egg Spinach Salad

Frizzled Egg Spinach Salad
Andy Lyons

We love any excuse to throw a frizzled egg into a meal. And by frizzled, we mean a crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside fried egg. With potatoes, bacon, and mushrooms added to the mix, this spinach salad is going to be a delicious addition to your brunch spread. All you'll need is a mimosa to go with it.

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Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Citrus Dressing

Strawberry-Spinach Salad with Citrus Dressing
Blaine Moats

You can't have a list of spinach salad recipes without a delicious strawberry spinach salad. We added chicken breast to this main-dish salad and topped it with a warm citrus dressing. Combine the spinach with a handful of watercress to add a peppery bite to your salad.

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Salmon and Spinach Salad with Flaxseed Dressing

Salmon and Spinach Salad with Flaxseed Dressing
Scott Little

Boost your omega-3 fatty acid intake with this salmon spinach salad recipe. To add even more nutrient value, the flaxseed dressing will help provide extra fiber, iron, and antioxidants. Serve this quick and healthy meal when you want to pack in the protein and not the calories.

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Mandarin Orange Salad

Mandarin Orange Salad on white plate
Andy Lyons

Our spinach orange salad utilizes canned mandarin oranges, but we've made a few tweaks to amp up this classic recipe. For starters, there are also fresh raspberries and toasted almonds in the mix. The homemade spinach salad dressing also has orange juice to pack a zesty punch.

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Spinach Salad with Ancho Chili Pepper Chops

Spinach Salad with Ancho Chili Pepper Chops
Andy Lyons

Pork chops seasoned with ground ancho chile pepper provide just the right amount of heat to this spinach salad recipe. Since the chops are lean, we cook them with some bacon for extra juiciness and flavor. Keep this 20-minute spinach salad in mind for busy weeknight meals.

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Spinach Salad with Dates and Jicama

Spinach Salad with Dates and Jicama
Steve Stitgen

Surprise guests at your next holiday gathering with this colorful spinach salad recipe. Pitted dates, jicama, and bell peppers bring a nice contrast in both flavor and texture. Fresh jalapeño pepper gives the spinach salad a bit of heat and extra crunch.

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Grilled Turkey and Strawberry Salad

Grilled Turkey and Strawberry Salad
Jason Donnelly

Packed with turkey, veggies, and pasta, this is a spinach salad recipe you have to try. If you've got leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, this strawberry-spinach salad is the way to go. Simply skip grilling the turkey breast or pop it onto a grill pan to reheat.

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Spinach Salad with Indian-Spiced Chickpeas, Apricots, and Onion

Spinach Salad with Indian-Spiced Chickpeas, Apricots, and Onion
Andy Lyons

Quickly sautéeing chickpeas in fragrant spices (cumin, garam masala, coriander, cinnamon, and cayenne) adds flavorful plant-based protein to this spinach salad. Thinly-sliced dried apricots and red onion give every bite the right amount of sweetness and crunch. We enjoy serving the spinach salad with toasted pappadam (an Indian fried dough), but you can easily serve it with naan or pita if those are more available.

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