Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lori's Spinach Salad

We call this Lori's spinach salad because she is the one who introduced it to us at a family gathering years ago. It is great for a crowd and has become our salad of choice for birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, and many meals in between. Abby calls it "the special salad."

Spinach Salad

1 bunch fresh spinach, torn in bite-size pieces
1 small head lettuce, torn in bite-size pieces
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms
3/4 lb. grated Monterey jack cheese
3/4 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 c. rinsed cottage cheese

3/4 tsp. onion salt
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
3 T poppy seeds
3/4 c. canola oil
1/3 c. white vinegar

Dressing should be made several hours in advance. Just before serving, toss the salad and dressing.

Julie's notes: My dad always asked me to substitute feta cheese for the cottage cheese. It's great either way.


  1. I think I'm in salad mode. This looks absolutely yummy to me. Bring on the warmer weather, I'm going to have to try this one (like all the rest!)

  2. My mouth is watering just looking at this one. Hmmm

  3. I was informed that I didn't give credit where credit is due. :) KELLIE made this salad for us yesterday. It was awesome especially since I wasn't feeling very well. I love having daughters who love to cook.

  4. This is a favorite salad in our family too. Someone always brings it on Thanksgiving.
    I'm glad Lesa told me about your site. These salads look tasty.