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Top Rated Wilted Spinach Salad Recipes

Here's a quick and easy appetizer for two, or a light meal for one. There are so many wilted spinach salad recipes out there which insist on using bacon, but sometimes it's nice to have something a little healthier, so I swapped out the bacon for sautéed mushrooms. Enjoy this with a glass of fruity white wine.Click here to see the Simple Ingredients Made Spectacular story.

Wilted Spinach and Feta Salad with Optional Bacon

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Do you remember wilted spinach salad? Or is that just something from my childhood?

Spinach dressed in hot bacon drippings and vinegar until it wilts and becomes surprisingly delicious?

I remember. I loved the stuff, but because I assumed the magic was in the bacon, I’ve not given it much thought since becoming a vegetarian many moons ago.

But then, for some reason, thoughts of wilted spinach salad emerged, and I just had to come up with a vegetarian version. As it turns out, the magic isn’t in the bacon grease. In this version, freshly-sauteed red onions and crumbled feta cheese warmed with apple cider vinegar and olive oil help to wilt the spinach. Just a little bit. Just enough.

I slightly adapted this recipe from Bon Appetit, using apple cider vinegar instead of the sherry vinegar they called for, and adding hard-boiled eggs to give it a little more variety of texture and overall heartiness.

And, of course, I topped my resident carnivore’s version with bacon. I mean, it’s plenty magic without, but a little bacon finish (for those who really want it) can never hurt.

Recipe Summary

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large shallots, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 bags (10 ounces each) baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

In a large skillet, heat extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high. Add minced shallots, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Season with coarse salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring, until shallots are sticky and browned, about 8 minutes. Add water and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits from skillet, until shallots are dark brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat add whole-grain mustard and red wine vinegar and stir to combine. In a large bowl, place 2 bags (10 ounces each) baby spinach and pour warm dressing over top. Add 1 teaspoon vinegar, toss, and season with salt and pepper.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing

Salads Suck! Well they don't really suck, but when put against something like a hot piece of pizza with spicy meat, crispy, thin crust, and gooey, melty cheese fresh out of a 500 degree oven and dipped in. Wait, I was talking about salad. Let's face it, we can't eat pizza everyday and getting a healthy dose of greens is one of those things I keep being told is vital to, you know, living.

I really do enjoy a good salad, but I know even healthy eaters will admit that you can really only love salad to a point, and if we are going to eat salad it has to be great. This Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing hits all the right notes with slightly wilted spinach, creamy hard-boiled eggs, almonds, bacon,and more. It is super satisfying and a quick fix for a weeknight meal. When the pizza place is calling put down the phone and pick up the spinach.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Feta Dressing

Place spinach in large bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add onion sauté until brown and softened, about 7 minutes. Transfer to bowl with spinach remove skillet from heat. Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil and cheese to skillet. Stir to melt cheese slightly, about 1 minute. Stir in vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over spinach toss to coat and wilt slightly.

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Place eggs in medium saucepan, cover with 1 inch of water, and bring to boil over high heat. Remove pan from heat, cover, and let stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, fill medium bowl with 1 quart ice water. Transfer eggs to ice water with slotted spoon let stand 5 minutes, then peel eggs, quarter them lengthwise, and set aside.

Place spinach in large bowl. Stir vinegar, sugar, pepper, and salt together in small bowl until sugar dissolves set aside.

Fry bacon in medium skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate. Pour bacon fat into heatproof bowl, then return 3 tablespoons bacon fat to skillet. Add onion to skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes stir in garlic until fragrant, about 15 seconds.

Add vinegar mixture, then remove skillet from heat working quickly, scrape bottom of skillet with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits.

Pour hot dressing over spinach, add bacon, and toss gently with tongs until spinach is slightly wilted.

Divide among individual plates, arrange egg quarters over each, and serve.

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Pine nuts and olive oil give a basic spinach salad a shot of sophistication. This Wilted Spinach Salad will make even the simplest meal look like you fussed.

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (9-ounce) package fresh spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 / 8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 / 4 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted

What to Do

  1. In a large skillet or soup pot over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add spinach, garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook 30 to 45 seconds, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove skillet from heat and toss spinach with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Serve immediately.


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Usually "wilted" is a bad thing, but not here! I love spinach salads. Can't wait to try this.

On the queen Elizabeth ship diner I had this except they put bacon and a boiled egg crumbled over it. The best thing I ever tasted. Soreta M

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Classic Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

  • Author: mollie kirby
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1 x
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: German


  • 4 – 8 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces + 3 tablespoons drippings, reserved
  • three tablespoons minced white or yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 6 oz (about 8 cups) baby spinach
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 to 8 hard-boiled eggs, sliced in halves or quartered


Feel free to add as much or as little of the bacon, eggs, spinach & onion. While you’re at it, feel free to tinker with the dressing, too, adding more or less sugar, salt, pepper.

Add bacon to cold skillet and turn to medium heat. Cook, stirring often until done to desired taste. Remove bacon and set aside. Remove all but three tablespoons of the drippings. If there aren’t three tablespoons, add a bit of vegetable oil. Place the bacon in a medium nonstick skillet and fry over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the onion to the skillet and cook for a minute or two until softened. Remove from heat and add the vinegar, sugar, mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk vigorously,

Add spinach to a large bowl and toss with a little of the warm dressing. Divide into serving bowls, garnish with egg, mushrooms, onion and reserved bacon. Pass the remaining vinaigrette.

Keywords: Bargain Meal of the Week, Bacon, Eggs, Family Recipe, German, hard-boiled eggs, Main dish salad, mushrooms, Red onion, Salad, Salad Dressings, Spinach, Spinach Salad

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Gnocchi and Wilted Spinach Salad

Heavenly Gnocchi and Wilted Spinach Salad. Even the pickiest eaters will love this salad!

Ok, ok, OK, ok, okay, OKAY!So this isn’t the lightest salad to we’ve ever made. I admit it!

Yet it is the salad that will have everyone asking for seconds and thirds.

A double helping of greens, people, doesn’t that count for something?

My kids will eat just about anything a fact that would make any kitchen-crazed mamma brim with pride!

It took a bit of work through the toddler years, but we arrived at “palate maturity” at the weathered ages of 5 1/2 and 8.

Ripe stinky cheeses? You bet.

Veggies of all shapes and sizes… My two kids will try whatever I put in front of them, and usually enjoy it.

Yet ask for seconds on salad? Never.

That is, until greens started mingling with gnocchi. Oh, how the tides have turned!

If you’ve been reading ASP for a while, you may remember that my husband has a habit of inviting people over for dinner on short notice.

What’s even better, sometimes it’s only short notice for me. He may have phoned our friends a week earlier, but simply forgot to tell me until 5 pm the day of!

(I know what you’re thinking, but he’s still a keeper.)

To make amends, he offers to run to the store or help in the kitchen. Whatever it takes.

One of these particular evenings, I was scrounging in the pantry to come up with a suitable meal for first-time guests, when I found a package of pre-made gnocchi.

We made this hearty Gnocchi and Wilted Spinach Salad to serve as a first-course, in order to buy more cooking time for the rest of the meal.

After that, no other salad has quite stacked up.

Ask my kids. They’ll tell you, this Gnocchi and Wilted Spinach Salad recipe is legit.