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Spinach Salad with Onion Poppyseed Dressing

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This spinach salad is the perfect side dish for an outdoor party or BBQ!

Spinach Salad Recipe

Nothing says SUMMER like a fresh, delicious salad. This spinach salad recipe is loaded with spinach (yum!) plus it has an added surprise – bacon – (double yum!) Not only does this one taste amazing, it is also SUPER easy to put together!

Salad Serving Suggestion –

We recommend serving this salad with our delicious Onion Poppy Seed Vinaigrette Dressing. 

And also, here is a tip I learned a long time ago when it comes to serving any salad:

Don’t you hate when you mix up your salad all the yummy toppings sink to the bottom? When you are ready to serve it, no one can get to or see the delightful toppings? I hate it too, so here is the solution. Mix your salad ingredients in one big bowl. Then, gently dump out the bowl onto a different serving platter. The toppings will almost always disperse evenly and perfectly!

Spinach Salad and Onion Poppyseed Dressing

First, let’s make the Spinach Salad Dressing – 

Vinaigrette Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

Zesty vinaigrette poppyseed dressing is packed full of flavor!
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 80 kcal


  • 1 cup oil
  • 3/8 cup rice vinegar
  • 3/8 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 medium purple onion thinly sliced


  1. In a large jar (I used a Mason jar), combine all the ingredients, except the onions. Mix well.
  2. Put the thinly sliced onions into the dressing, then place the dressing in the fridge. Let the onions marinate in the dressing for 1-6 hours, depending on how much patience you have.

After your dressing has marinaded the desired time, start your spinach salad : 

Summer Spinach Salad

Summer Spinach Salad

This spinach salad is the perfect side dish for an outdoor party or BBQ!

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword lunch, salad, side dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • baby spinach 1 bag
  • iceberg lettuce 1 head chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
  • 6 slices of bacon cooked and chopped into pieces


  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients.
  2. With your salad all assembled, you can either evenly coat the whole salad with some onion poppyseed dressing OR you can serve the dressing on the side allowing each person to put on their perfect amount of dressing.

This salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next Summer get together!

Summer Spinach Salad

About the Author: Larissa is a mom of 4 boys who likes to cook and create. The former Food Contributor on Somewhat Simple (2011), she now shares her creative adventures full-time on her own blog Just Another Day in Paradise.

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