Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total Time
6 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups)

Look no further - this Spinach with Garlic Vinaigrette salad recipe is the perfect, simple summer side dish. One online reviewer says, "LOVE this salad! Incredibly simple to prepare, intensely flavorful, and the entire family loved it. This will surely become a go-to side on busy weeknights."

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add 6 cups spinach and red onion; toss to coat.

Step 2

Spinach-Pasta Salad Variation: Cook 1/2 cup mini farfalle according to package directions. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain. Add garlic vinaigrette, 3 cups baby spinach, and 1/4 cup chopped red onion. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 106; FAT 4g (sat 8g); SODIUM 108mg

Step 3

Wilted Spinach Variation: Increase garlic to 3 thinly sliced cloves. Heat vinaigrette in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; saute 2 minutes. Gradually add 1 (9-ounce) package fresh spinach; toss until wilted. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 78; FAT 1g (sat 7g); SODIUM 191mg

Step 4

Spinach Baked Potato Variation: Microwave 4 (6-ounce) Yukon gold potatoes 13 minutes or until tender. Prepare wilted spinach; divide spinach among potatoes. Top each with 1 1/2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese. Yield: 4 servings. CALORIES 255; FAT 1g (sat 8g); SODIUM 358mg

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

C98038's Review

July 13, 2014
I have only made the Wilted Spinach variation. Go to the bottom of the recipe for this variation. I typically use a pinot grigio vinegar (and probably use more garlic.). One of the few Cooking Light recipes that I have made repeatedly because usually I find them to be under spiced.

Kellbellem's Review

September 02, 2013
Very quick and easy. Had it with steak and thought it was perfect! I would never eat this as is for a meal, but it's a great quick side salad!

MaryEliz's Review

January 28, 2013
Dressing is good to very good, followed other's suggestions and added more veggies and a boiled egg. Easy to make.

ambsiehencho's Review

February 06, 2012

CherCooks411's Review

June 26, 2011
LOVE this salad! Incredibly simple to prepare, intensely flavorful, and the entire family loved it. This will surely become a go-to side on busy weeknights.

BeckyBabeLPC's Review

May 29, 2011
This dish was altogether terrible. The dressing needs a sweetness, perhaps from a little sugar or honey.

TerriCav's Review

January 11, 2011
Loved it! Made this along with meatloaf and traditional baked potatoes, but this was my favorite part of the meal! Will definitely make again.

SDanielson1973's Review

January 07, 2011
Yummy! I doubled it, and used tarragon vinegar since I didn't have white wine vinegar. Very good!

Emily1997's Review

January 04, 2011
Dressing is absolutely fabulous...but just over spinach and onions leaves a whole lot to be desired. Add black olives, tomatoes, red onions, capers, hard boiled egg, celery, radishes, cucumbers, etc. and it goes from blah to WOW! The dressing is the kicker!!!