Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Spinach Salad

Several weeks ago our friend Jeff made us this
Grilled Ciabbata Bread Salad. It was absolutely delicious and I can't wait to make it again, but it was cold and windy last night so I didn't feel like grilling the bread! Also, we were having my friend Lary's mac n'cheese so I didn't think we'd need bread in our salad!

I took a few ideas from Jeff's salad (inspired by a Bobby Flay recipe, see original post) and whipped together this simple, healthy, and delicious salad.

  • 1 sm red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 c good olive oil
  • 2-3 c fresh spinach
  • 1 c chopped tomatoes
  • Balsamic vinegar, approximately 3 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese


  • Place sliced onions and cilantro in a bowl with the olive oil. Let sit in the fridge while you prepare the other ingredients, or for 30 minutes.
  • When ready to eat, mix spinach and tomatoes with the onion mixture.
  • Add balsamic vinegar, and add more oil if needed. Toss well.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  • Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese.

As I said before when Jeff made his salad, I didn't expect cilantro to work in this type of salad, but it really does! It's adds a nice, fresh flavor. This salad was very light and refreshing, but full of flavor.

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  1. I love a simple spinach salad and this looks great!

  2. Mmm, that looks good.

    I don't know how you feel about pomegranate seeds because I know you don't like fruity flavors in your savory dishes, but a really nice & simple salad I make often is: Baby arugula mixed with a tiny bit of olive oil + fresh cracked black pepper topped with shaved cheese - parmesean usually, but any cheese with that flavor - and pomegranate seeds. So simple and the flavors go together really well!

  3. I don't mind pomegranate seeds and have actually had them in salads. I'd try it again!