Cucumber Summer Spinach Salad with Yogurt Dressing
Seeing as you can buy ready-washed regular and baby spinach from most grocery stores these days, it is very little work to make your own spinach salad recipes. Adding a few tasty ingredients like cucumber, nuts, and a homemade yogurt dressing turn salad leaves into something truly appetizing. The following recipe takes mere minutes to make and there is no heating or cooking involved. You can make this easy spinach salad recipe just before your chicken or steak is ready and serve it as a side salad, or you can serve it as a lunch or appetizer. If you are serving it on the side, it will probably feed six people rather than four. This salad is best served as soon as you have made it, although it will keep for a couple of hours if you make it in advance and do not dress it.
The spinach salad is dressed with a creamy yogurt, mustard and lemon juice dressing which is very simple to put together. It is then garnished with some chopped mixed nuts. If your chopped nuts are too coarse, you can grind them finer in a blender or food processor, or simply put them in a bag and bash them a few times with a saucepan or meat mallet to get them finer.
The refreshing lemon and Dijon flavors in the yogurt works well and yogurt is a versatile ingredient if you are making salad dressing recipes, since you can use it instead of mayonnaise or cream in many dressings and of course it is lower in fat and calories as well. Make sure you choose plain, natural yogurt – save the fruity ones for breakfast! If you prefer mayonnaise, of course you can use it. Also, you can use regular spinach leaves if you do not have baby spinach. Just tear them into bite-size pieces for a better result.
- 6 oz baby spinach leaves
- ¼ chopped cucumber
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped mixed nuts
- 4 oz plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Wash the spinach if needed and dry it in a salad spinner.
- Divide the spinach between 4 serving plates and top with the cucumber.
- Whisk the yogurt, lemon juice, and mustard together.
- Taste and add some salt and pepper if you like.
- Drizzle this dressing over the spinach.
- Sprinkle the nuts on top.
You can see how basic this spinach salad recipe is just by looking at the photo but sometimes less is more, especially when making simple salad recipes. Keeping the recipe simple allows the crisp, fresh flavor of the spinach to shine through, and the combination of cucumber, yogurt dressing, and nuts on top is a classic mixture. Whether you choose to serve this easy spinach salad as an appetizer or side dish, there is no doubt everyone will enjoy the flavor and texture. You might like to serve this with lemon wedges, in case people want to add some lemon juice to theirs.
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