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Summer Spinach Salad

Guests always request the recipe for this fabulous spinach salad. Tossed with ripe banana chunks, fresh strawberries and toasted almonds, it looks and tastes special enough for company. The tangy poppy seed dressing is a snap to combine in the blender. -Callie Berger, Diamond Springs, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 8 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 3 large ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  • In a blender, combine the first six ingredients. Cover and process until the sugar is dissolved. Add the poppy seeds; process just until blended.
  • In a salad bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 149 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • ssherman62
    Jul 28, 2018

    I don't know why it took so long for me to write this review, but this salad is a house favorite and requested yearly at my family reunion. The sweet strawberries and bananas with the tangy poppy seed dressing is a real crowd pleaser!

  • dsm
    Sep 6, 2015

    This review is for the dressing only - I used a different combo for the salad. I was looking for an alternate to our favorite dressing. This one is very tasty, easy, and a hit with our family. Sorta sweet, sorta tangy - very good - likely my new favorite!

  • lshaw
    Jun 10, 2015

    Do wait until strawberries are at their best in the summer so no extra sweetening is necessary. Delightfully different to be sure and very nutritious! Some young children may not go for this, however, but they often don't like any kind of salad anyway. Would be a super offering at a potluck!

  • ssminn23
    Jul 22, 2013

    This salad is so easy and delicious. It has a great variety of textures, from the spinach to the bananas to the almonds. And I love the sweet and tangy dressing!

  • michau
    May 26, 2011

    easy & delicious

  • lurky27
    Mar 11, 2009

    Delicious! So easy, yet unique and very pleasing to the palate.~ Theresa

  • Red Molly
    Apr 28, 2008

    Fresh-tasting and delicious! Everyone at our barbecue enjoyed the combination of flavors.

  • rlepter
    Jul 19, 2007

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  • jobrad525
    Jun 27, 2007

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