30 Spinach Salad Recipes You'll Love
Eating your greens doesn't have to be a chore. From bright and cheery recipes that are perfect for warm weather (you'll love the pop of color that comes from this Spinach Salad with Berries and Goat Cheese or this Endless Summer Salad) to healthy, hearty mixes that'll keep you full (we recommend this Steak and Spinach Salad with Butternut Squash, and Cranberries), feel good about your food with our 30 best spinach salads.
Chicken, White Bean, and Spinach Salad
The beans, chicken, and dressing can all be made a day ahead in your slow-cooker. Assemble this meal in minutes and round out this light summer salad with a loaf of crusty bread. If you have any leftover, it will make a great lunch the following day.
Chickpea Spinach Salad
Starting with pre-cooked leftover chicken, this recipe comes together in only 10 minutes. Thanks to a variety of ingredients, this salad is a nutritional powerhouse, brimming with antioxidants from the oranges, heart-healthy fats from the walnuts and avocado, and folate and vitamin A from the spinach.
This low-calorie salad recipe is perfect for meal prepping. If desired, you can top with toasted sesame seeds. This step isn't required, but we certainly recommend it.
Wilted Spinach Salad with Coconut Bacon
“When I was a vegan and seemed to fraternize only with fellow plant eaters, one fact that got tossed around a lot was that Baco-Bits are vegan,” says Danny Seo in his book Naturally, Delicious - 100 Recipes for Healthy Eats that Make You Happy.
Salmon and Spinach Salad
Tarragon and fresh fennel both have the same faint licorice flavor, but they don't overwhelm this simple spring salad. Salmon is the perfect protein for this dish: It cooks quickly, separates into large, pretty flakes, and stands up to the mint, tarragon, and garlic.
Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Spinach Salad with Smoked Pecan Vinaigrette
Adding smoked pecans to this salad is a healthier way to add bacon-like flavor to the dish because pecans are low in saturated fats, nutrient rich, and full of heart-healthy oils. You can substitute store-bought smoked almonds if you don’t have time to smoke the nuts yourself.
Pan-Seared Salmon with Pear and Walnut Spinach Salad
Wild salmon has less saturated fat, fewer calories, and 5 to 10 times fewer contaminants and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) than farm-raised (in early studies, POPs have been linked to impaired brain development, type 2 diabetes, and obesity).
Spinach, Beet, and Lentil Salad
Raw beets add crunch and color to this salad. Lentils and spinach are a great source of protein and fiber. Toss in chopped walnuts and shaved carrots for added texture and a crisp bite every time.
Spinach, Pistachio, and Pecorino Salad
Among the many side options this summer, don't forget the greens. Serve a classic, nutty spinach salad alongside your backyard barbecue fixin's.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Spinach-and-Pea Potato Salad
Sneak another veg into the potatoes with our green dressing that has peas and spinach. This recipe's a time-saver, too: A quick sear and a sprinkle of panko cuts prep and cook time in half compared to breading and baking. Serve with Chili-Lime Corn.
Spinach and Arugula Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing
This light but rich dressing meets at the happy place between Caesar and ranch.
Kale and Spinach Salad with Beets and Roasted Garlic-Citrus Vinaigrette
Filling half the plate with plants isn't as hard as you think. We make it easier with salty, crispy bacon--one piece is all it takes to elevate this bountiful bowl of fruits and vegetables.
Spinach and Radicchio Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
We love the pop of color from thinly sliced radicchio, but you can leave it out if you like.
Wheat Berry, Spinach, and Strawberry Salad
This super spinach salad is topped with strawberries, wheat berry mixture, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar, and more.
Spinach, Palm, and Pine Nut Salad
Hearts of palm have a semifirm texture and a nutty flavor. Find them with the canned vegetables.
Spinach Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette
The salad's flavors tilt toward the Middle East, with a nutty, slightly spicy dressing and pita chips in lieu of croutons. Prep the components in advance so the salad can be thrown together at the last minute, as it wilts quickly.
Herbed Shrimp with Tomato-Spinach Salad
Add heartiness to a simple spinach salad by serving herbed shrimp and tomatoes over greens.
Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Shrimp
Simple, fresh, and perfectly portioned for two, this main dish salad is great for a quiet weeknight. Just you? Enjoy the second portion for lunch tomorrow; it will hold up nicely.
Spinach Salad with Berries and Goat Cheese
This light and fresh salad is perfect for a hot summer day. Not to mention, the bright red berries give it an Insta-worthy pop of color.
Spinach Salad with Sugar Snap Peas and Carrot
We love this summery salad for barbecues, picnics, or just regular ol' weeknight dinners. Don't underestimate the power of fresh lemon juice on a spinach salad: This recipe won't be complete without a squeeze or two.
Spinach Salad with Bacon, Walnuts, and Blue Cheese
This hearty spinach salad is an amazing side, but is filling enough for dinner. Everyone will enjoy its rich, meaty flavors--even the biggest spinach skeptics.
Spinach Salad with Avocado and Orange
Bright and fresh fruits (because, yes, an avocado is a fruit) take this spinach salad up a few notches. For an extra dose of sweetness, opt for Mandarin oranges instead of navel or valencia.
Endless Summer Salad
This loaded salad is the ultimate love letter to summer. Featuring a colorful menagerie of seasonal gems, it’s as gorgeous as it is delicious. Plus, it’s absolutely flexible; consider this recipe a blueprint for bringing together everything that catches your eye at your own local farmer’s market this week.
Spring Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese
Get a full taste of spring with this baby spinach, pea, and asparagus salad topped with herbed goat cheese. Blanch the asparagus and peas, make the herbed goat cheese, and whisk together the dressing up to 1 day ahead. When you're ready to serve, toss the spinach and veggies with the dressing, top with the cheese, and dinner is ready.
Festive Fall Salad
This vibrant seasonal salad offers the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. While this seasonal salad would obviously be an excellent way to utilize some Thanksgiving leftovers, you could also very well leave out the turkey and serve it as a holiday dinner side dish.
Steak Salad with Butternut Squash and Cranberries
A summer classic leans into fall with roasted butternut squash, tart-sweet dried cranberries, and fresh rosemary. Find peeled, diced fresh butternut squash in the produce section. You can sub crumbled goat cheese or feta for the blue cheese and walnuts or pecans for the hazelnuts.
Winter Salad with Easy Herbed Pork Tenderloin
Kale and spinach provide a hearty salad base for herb-seasoned pork tenderloin, tangy feta, sweet grapes, and a bright, citrusy olive oil dressing. Dairy-free option: Use 2 teaspoons toasted chopped walnuts instead of feta cheese.
Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Salad with Bacon
This rich and dynamic quinoa salad could easily be pulled together with whatever leftover grain you have on hand, such as farro or bulgur. A trio of fresh herbs deliver a major dose of freshness while balancing out more robust flavor components, such as whole-grain Dijon mustard and toasted almonds.
Charred Summer Vegetable Salad
Charred okra is the surprising star of this warm and hearty salad. As the okra cooks, allow it to brown in the pan and don't be tempted to stir it too much. For protein, add cubed, grilled chicken, which pairs well with sweet corn and smoked okra.