This Classic Spinach Salad consists of only three simple ingredients – fresh spinach, bacon and hard boiled eggs – and our homemade vinaigrette dressing.. The combination of these ingredients is not only gorgeous but a match made in heaven. This salad pairs perfectly with a simple homemade vinaigrette dressing of red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. This is a salad that will have your whole family going back for seconds.
This recipe originated from a favorite cookbook of Barbara’s called Vegetables on the Side. Many of her favorite dishes including Low-Carb Sesame Broccoli, Old-Fashioned Green Beans with Andouille Sausage and Spicy Roasted Zucchini have come from this same source.
Classic Spinach Salad
We love making this in the summer when we have a bag of fresh spinach and eggs from the farmers market, but it’s great with a bag of spinach and a dozen eggs from the grocery store (we love Aldi for our groceries) any time of the year. We used our favorite bacon from Rihm Foods in Cambridge City, Indiana. They have the most delicious bacon (among other favorites like bologna and pork bacon burgers) which we always have in the fridge.
The homemade dressing for this spinach salad is not complicated with only five ingredients. We usually have all of the dressing ingredients on hand in the refrigerator and pantry. Using a mason jar with a lid makes it easy to prepare and transport the dressing. Just shake up red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper in a mason jar until completely emulsified.
This hearty, loaded spinach salad could very easily become the main course – especially if you add a couple of our Easiest Grilled Chicken Breasts. We pair it with our favorite Baked Cranberry Pork Chops or 4-ingredient Baked Chicken Legs.
Notes about This Recipe
You can modify this recipe for one person or for as many as you need to feed. Just decrease or increase the amounts of spinach, hard boiled eggs and bacon.
The vinaigrette can be doubled or tripled. If you have more than you need, store the remaining sealed up tight in the refrigerator. You will need to give it a good shake before using the second time. The olive oil may even solidify in the refrigerator. Let it sit out at room temperature to loosen it up.
Not a big fan of spinach, feel free to substitute a different lettuce such as romaine instead.
You could easily add more salad toppings if desired. Tomatoes or croutons would be yummy.
How to Make Classic Spinach Salad with Homemade Dressing
Arrange spinach as a base in a salad bowl or platter. Arrange hard boiled eggs that have been peeled and quartered and bacon that has been fried, drained and chopped over the spinach.
For the dressing, add red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper to a small mason jar. Right before serving, put a lid on the mason jar, seal and shake vigorously until the dressing is completely incorporated.
Dress salad right before serving with as much dressing as you desire.
This Classic Spinach Salad consists of only three simple ingredients - fresh spinach, bacon and hard boiled eggs. The combination of these ingredients is not only gorgeous but a match made in heaven. This salad pairs perfectly with a simple homemade vinaigrette dressing of red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. This is a salad that will have your whole family going back for seconds.
- 2 pounds spinach cleaned and dried
- 3 hard boiled eggs peeled and quartered
- 1/4 pound bacon fried until crisp
- 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Pile spinach into a bowl. Top with hard-boiled egg wedges and cooked, chopped bacon.
In a small mason jar, add red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and olive oil. Shake well until completely mixed together and smooth.
Just before serving, drizzle desired amount of dressing lightly over salad. Serve remaining dressing on the side.