If you love spinach salad, you are going to love this simple, healthy and delicious salad recipe.
The yogurt salad dressing is easy and tasty. The garlic clove adds lots of flavor and the chopped fresh parsley adds color, flavor and nutritional value.
Take a look at the nutritional value for this recipe. Low in calories, carbohydrates and fat, yet high in vitamins, calcium and iron. This is a very healthy recipe.
Are you a sprout person? Sprouts of just about any kind are very nutritious. I really wasn’t a big fan at first but I do use sprouts in salads and stir fries on occasion to add variety to the vegetables I eat and to up the nutrition level of my meals. Try it out. You don’t need a lot to add flavor.
If you really don’t like them – simply leave them out. That’s what I love about cooking, and salad recipes in particular. Put in what you love, leave the rest out.
This is a fantastic recipe that suits many special diet needs. If you need gluten free recipes, low carb recipe or diabetic recipes, this spinach salad works for all.
Spinach Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing
- 10 cups spinach, fresh
- 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, fresh, sliced
- 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts
- 4 tablespoons feta, or blue cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup yogurt, plain
- 1/4 cup parsley, fresh, chopped
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- salt & pepper to your taste
- Tear the spinach into bite-size pieces. In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, mushrooms, alfalfa sprouts and cheese.
- For the yogurt salad dressing: Combine the yogurt, parsley, mayonnaise, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss until everything is well coated. Serve immediately.
This spinach salad recipe serves 5 as a side dish or 3 as a main meal.
See the suggestions below for turning this into a main meal salad with the addition of some protein.
Tips and Variations:
- Baby spinach is ideal for this salad recipe, but use regular spinach and just tear it into fork size pieces if that is what you have.
- Really amp up the nutritional value even more by replacing the spinach with baby kale or a spinach and kale mix.
- Make it into a meal by adding strips of grilled steak or chicken as in the image above.
- For a vegetarian protein add pieces of chopped fried tofu.
- Add variety by changing the cheese you use. You can also use 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese or a grated extra old cheddar in this spinach salad.