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Summer Spinach Salad

by Laura

I have had this great summer spinach salad recipe for years now. Of course, it came from a favorite magazine of mine, Quick Cooking (now Simple and Delicious).

When I first saw this recipe, I thought it sounded a little strange to put bananas in a green salad. I usually put them in a fruit salad, dessert, or jello. Let me tell you, it definitely works. The combination of the dressing with the strawberries and bananas is so yummy. It’s refreshing and different.
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Summer Spinach Salad


  • ½ cup vegetable oil ( I use canola)
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp cider or red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • 8 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 3 green onions, sliced (I don’t always add this)
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries sliced
  • 3 large bananas cut into ½ inch slices
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted (it works fine if they are not toasted too)


  1. Place the first six ingredients into a blender or food processor; cover and process until the sugar is dissolved. Add the poppy seeds; process just until blended.
  2. In a salad bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Serve immediately. 14 servings.
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This is the original photo from this post. The above photo was updated in August 2016.


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beth August 10, 2008 - 7:40 pm

What an interesting combination. This looks like a salad my kids might just try!

modkidboutique August 10, 2008 - 7:29 pm

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Suzanne August 7, 2008 - 8:43 pm

Hi there…I’ve been reading your blog for about two weeks now…TOday I realized that I’ve marked almost all of your recipes to try, so I thought I’d leave you a comment!!! I can’t wait to try your recipes!


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