Classic Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

It’s a classic, but it’s not bland or boring… A Classic Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette is nutrient and flavor packed with umami mushrooms, smoky bacon, and protein-rich hard-cooked egg. It’s going to be perfect alongside that leg of lamb (or honey baked ham) on your #SundaySupper table!

A Classic Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette #SundaySupper with mushrooms, egg, and crispy bacon in a salad bowl.

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We’ve been a #SundaySupper family from day one… long before social media and this movement. Set the technology (aka phones) aside, and enjoy cooking and eating a meal together.

I’m joining other talented food bloggers for this very special Easter event to bring you easy side dishes for your Easter table. You’re sure to find a few to round out your holiday menu, so don’t miss scrolling all the way to the bottom to check them out!

As I mentioned, Sundays and suppers were always a “thing” at Andersen casa. When our 4 boys were young, they were always in the kitchen with me. As they entered adult years, we fondly referred to “cigar Sunday” and “Sunday funday” – our nicknames for family time spent planning and executing a special menu, then eating, chatting, and playing board games.

This continued until our family became scattered to the “four winds” (south Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Minnesota, and North Carolina). I do not exaggerate in saying it was the “glue” that held our family together, and still, our fondest memories involve time around the table.

This Classic Spinach Salad is so simple (and really not very “fancy”), but it’s been a regular on our dinner table for decades. I don’t even remember when I first started making it. I am somewhat known for my healthy salads like my Spring Vegetable Freekeh Salad and my Roasted Sweet Potato and Giant Corn Peruvian Salad (Solterito), but I can say honestly “the boys” would enthusiastically choose the spinach salad over either one…

Classic Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette - An individual plate of spinach salad with a fork.

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

  • sherry vinegar or other good vinegar
  • fresh lemon juice, I love Meyer lemon juice!
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • shallot
  • honey
  • dijon mustard
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Spinach Salad

  • spinach
  • eggs
  • meaty bacon
  • crimini or button mushrooms
  • red onion or shallots
  1. Hard boil your eggs – I often have them on hand, but cook them according to your favorite method – stove top or Instant Pot. (I often use my Instant Pot to do a full dozen!).
  2. Make the vinaigrette – Add all ingredients for the vinaigrette to a small blender. Process until very smooth. Check for seasoning and acidity level. If it’s too acidic, add a bit more honey and/or olive oil.
  3. Make the salad – Add the spinach, mushrooms, and crumbled bacon to a large salad bowl. Toss with about half of the vinaigrette. Slice the hard-boiled eggs, and arrange over top of the salad. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette.
  4. Enjoy!

My work flow goes like this: Put the eggs on to boil. Cook the bacon until crisp. Make the quick and easy Honey Dijon Vinaigrette. The ingredients just need a few pulses in a blender.

Slice and chop the remaining ingredients, then assemble. THAT. IS. ALL. Mark my words, your friends and family will love this Classic Spinach Salad with whatever marvelous main dish you choose!

  • As I mentioned in the “Instructions” section, I do batch cook eggs. That means they’re ready to go, and this spinach salad is ready to go in short order!
  • Does this salad keep? If you serve the dressing on the side, you can keep it in the refrigerator 1-2 days. If you dress it, it will be soggy. YUCK!
  • Leftover vinaigrette will keep for a week in the refrigerator.

As Christ-followers, Easter is a major celebration. As I mentioned, our family is scattered, but we still find the time to enjoy an amazing meal around the table… After our Easter service at St. John’s Episcopal, Mark and I have the privilege of joining with fellow-congregants. It promises to be a special time. What (if anything) do you have planned?

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes.

Yield: 4 servings

Classic Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Classic Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette - spinach salad plated and close up.

It's a classic, but it's not bland or boring... A Classic Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette is nutrient and flavor packed with umami mushrooms, smoky bacon, and protein-rich hard-cooked egg. It's going to be perfect on your #SundaySupper table!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar , (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, I love Meyer lemon juice!
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon honey, more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more or less to taste
  • several grinds of pepper

Spinach Salad

  • 8 ounces spinach, (see notes)
  • 4 eggs, hard-boiled and cooled
  • 4 slices thick, meaty bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 8 ounces crimini or button mushrooms
  • 1/2 small red onion or 2 shallots, sliced very thin

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients for the vinaigrette to a small blender. Process until very smooth. Check for seasoning and acidity level. If it's too acidic, add a bit more honey and/or olive oil.
  2. Add the spinach, mushrooms, and crumbled bacon to a large salad bowl. Toss with about half of the vinaigrette.
  3. Slice the hard-boiled eggs, and arrange over top of the salad. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Notes

You can substitute another good quality, smooth vinegar for the sherry vinegar such as champagne vinegar or good apple cider vinegar. Avoid harsh white vinegar or similar.

The amount of spinach is totally up to you. We love spinach, and to serve four, I use most of a 10 ounce tub (so I specified 8 ounces). That may look like way too much, so back off a bit if you prefer less spinach.

Macronutrients (approximation from MyFitnessPal.com): 247 calories; 9 g protein; 5 g carbohydrates; 22 g fat. Note: This vinaigrette is a generous amount per person. If you're counting calories, just cut back a bit!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 22gCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 9g

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9 Comments

    1. Yes Jonathan! Wow. Even with my husband proofreading, we both managed to miss it. I’m amending the recipe to include 1/4 cup of olive oil, and thanks so much for calling my attention to the omission! I apologize.