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Makeover Spinach Salad Dressing

This makeover recipe is ideal for spinach. It's also a great way to dress up chicken salad or coleslaw. Yet it has less than half the calories and fat of the original dressing and about 40% less carbohydrates.—Cindy Harnish, Wexford, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/3 cups


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • Fresh spinach leaves


  • Combine the first nine ingredients in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth. Serve over fresh spinach. Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 56 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • ralphhenry45
    Apr 19, 2020

    I have been making this spinach salad dressing since it first appeared in Taste of Home, and it is the only spinach salad dressing I ever use. I have made it for family/friends, and everyone loves it! No changes, because it is perfect as is!

  • veggiemama
    Jun 25, 2013

    So good!

  • rwippel
    May 28, 2013

    This dressing is pretty good! Sometimes I'm a bit skeptical in regards to low fat salad dressings, but this was very good and smelled delicious!

  • taylor
    May 17, 2013

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  • ejshellabarger
    Apr 24, 2013

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  • Terrytx
    Mar 17, 2013

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  • PeterPassa
    Mar 14, 2013

    Very good. I served this over spinach wiht mushrooms, turkey bacon, and a sliced hard boiled egg. Yummy! I used half the salt and it was still excellent. Might try less sugar or Splenda next time ... and there will be a next time.

  • lulu5560
    Dec 29, 2012

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  • Consuelo.evans
    Jun 21, 2012

    I love this recipe. Sometimes I switch up the oils; instead of using canola I'll use sunflower or grapeseed, just as yummy!

  • ourvista
    Jun 13, 2012

    This was fantastic! I substituted the sugar for honey and it takes a lot like honey mustard dressing! YUM!