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Sandra’s Spinach Salad

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Spinach salad is a favorite for good reason. It is loaded with yummy toppings that work so well with the homemade dressing and spinach base. Serve it as a side or make a meal of it!

bowl of spinach salad with eggs, bacon, mushrooms and homemade dressing.

This spinach salad, with slight variations on the toppings included is a staple for summer dinners. The bacon and hard boiled eggs are a must on it.

They just go so well with the homemade dressing. This is a salad that always has them coming back for seconds!

This recipe was shared with us by a long time family friend.  Her parents lived next door to my great-grandparents, so she grew up with my grandpa.

Then my grandparents bought the house from my great-grandparents so they remained neighbors.  Now my grandparents still live there and the 3rd generation is in the neighboring house.

Close up bowl of spinach salad with red dressing drizzled over the top.

So to say they are a part of the family is not much of an exaggeration.  Which of course means that good food has flowed back and forth between the houses as well.

I love making this salad when the spinach is coming up in the garden. It is a great way to use a bunch when it is really in it’s prime.

Of course it is also great with a bag of spinach from the store.  It is always a hit when it’s made.

In fact, it is one of the few salads that will draw people back for more!  It has been featured at many a graduation party in my family.

The dressing comes together quickly and can be made well in advance.  The toppings can all be prechopped too. So, it naturally lends itself well to being a party food.

Most salads the leftovers are almost worthless. The greens get all soggy and it’s hardly worth eating.

This is a salad I don’t mind leftovers on though.  The spinach does soften a bit, but it kind of reminds me of wilted lettuce salad which I also love. So it doesn’t bother me a bit!

However, we also love it as a just because salad.  It is a great side dish or I love it so much I could definitely make a whole meal of it!

drizzle spoon drizzling red dressing over bowl of spinach salad with eggs bacon and mushrooms.

More great salad recipes: 

  • Frito Taco Salad is another potluck favorite. It is also a salad that can be served as a side or as the meal.  
  • Fruit and Chicken Poppyseed Salad is based off my favorite salad at Portillo’s. They didn’t have it on the menu last time I visited, so I had to make it at home!
  • Grandma’s Napa Salad is another classic. The dressing is delicious and the golden brown crunchies make it taste amazing! 
bowl of spinach salad with eggs, bacon, mushrooms and homemade dressing.

Sandra’s Spinach Salad

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
Spinach salad is a favorite for good reason. It is loaded with yummy toppings that work so well with the homemade dressing and spinach base. Serve it as a side or make a meal of it!
4.93 from 14 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • ½ pound bacon cooked crisp
  • cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 medium onion grated
  • Mushrooms sliced
  • Bean Sprouts fresh or drained from a can
  • Water chestnuts sliced
  • 2 Boiled Eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash spinach leaves and tear them into bite sized pieces
    1 pound fresh spinach
  • Place spinach in salad bowl and top with mushrooms, bean sprouts and water chestnuts in desired proportions. (I didn’t have bean sprouts or water chestnuts on hand today, and I didn’t feel like a trip to the store, so I skipped them.)
  • Mix ketchup, vinegar, oil, Worcestershire, sugar, and onion together. Season with salt and pepper. Pour desired amount over spinach.
    ⅓ cup ketchup, ¼ cup vinegar, ½ cup olive oil, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 medium onion
  • Top with bacon pieces and egg.
    ½ pound bacon, 2 Boiled Eggs
  • Toss before serving.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 14gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 698mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17g

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“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 15th of May 2019

I love bacon and spinach salads but haven't had it with a dressing like yours. I guess that just means I'll have to give it a try ;)


Sunday 9th of June 2019

You definitely should!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

This sounds like a salad I would love! And I adore the story!


Sunday 9th of June 2019

Thank you!

Alexandra Cook

Monday 13th of May 2019

This salad sounds so delicious - and what a lovely story to accompany it! So nice it has been passed down :)


Sunday 9th of June 2019

I love recipes with memories attached!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Monday 13th of May 2019

Spinach salad is one of those things I often order at restaurants but rarely make at home. I need to start because this looks so good right now!


Sunday 9th of June 2019

I generally like salads better at restaurants for whatever reason, but this is one I love to make at home!

Andrea Nine

Monday 13th of May 2019

I love a good Spinach Salad, especially with bacon and mushrooms. Yum. Hope you had the sweetest Mother’s Day!


Sunday 9th of June 2019

The combination really is perfect!