I recall growing spinach for the first time when I was younger. We lived in the country and I took 4-H courses. When I had this cooked I didn’t enjoy it at all until I discovered how good it was with vinegar and pepper. I tried it raw and preferred it that way so have eaten it like that ever since.
I enjoy growing my own spinach and picking it fresh for my salad. However, last year my garden was attacked and all my spinach was eaten. There was not even a leaf left for me! I was quite annoyed after taking the time to plant it. I chalked it up to providing food for one of our fine furry friends. This year I am putting a fence around my garden.
As a Billet Mom I didn’t prepare this often as my Billet Son’s didn’t enjoy spinach, hot or cold. However, sometimes in a mixed garden salad I would mix spinach in with the lettuce.
A Billet Mom’s “Spinach Salad” Ingredients
1/4 cup diced red onion
2/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon mustard powder
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
10 ounces fresh spinach
1 head iceberg lettuce
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 1/2 cups crushed croutons
1 red onion, sliced in rings
1 small tomato, seeded and diced
A Billet Mom’s “Spinach Salad” Directions
- Wash spinach and rinse off lettuce. Dry and tear into bite sized pieces.
- Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil. Cover saucepan and remove from heat. Let eggs stand for 10 to 22 minutes. Drain, run cold water over them, peel and slice or chop.
- In a small saucepan, combine diced onion, sugar, pepper, celery salt, garlic powder, mustard, oil and vinegar. Cook over high heat, whisking constantly until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and refrigerate until cool.
- In a large bowl, combine eggs, spinach, lettuce, bacon, croutons and onion rings. Toss together.
- Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.
A Billet Mom’s Notes and Tips
- Use regular croutons, not crushed. Put on salad after dressing.
- If you don’t have powdered mustard, prepared mustard can be used instead.
- I decrease the amount of sugar to 1/2 cup.
- This works well with mixed greens instead of the spinach. Also you can use lettuce or a combination of both. Usually when I make this salad I use only spinach.
- If you like garlic increase amount of garlic powder.
- I serve this salad on individual plates. I found this dressing really good served warm and drizzled over the salad.
- If you like vegetables you can add grated carrots, chopped peppers, diced or sliced cucumbers and diced celery to this salad. Use your imagination whatever you choose this salad will still be delicious!
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