Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
 Friday night we attended a special dinner for members of the Eliza R. Snow Society for the Performing and Visual Arts at BYU-Idaho.  It is an amazing organization that supports the arts at our favorite university.  We have experienced first hand all of the good they do, providing countless student scholarships, special equipment and needs like costuming, and a new Hamburg Steinway grand piano, just to name a few.  It was delightful to see so many of our friends and associates there.  Several of our children and grandchildren were able to join us and we all enjoyed fabulous entertainment along with a  delicious dinner.
Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

 Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

is maybe my favorite, for sure in our top 5 salads.  I took it to a potluck luncheon last week and it was enjoyed by all.  Friday night this salad was served with chopped apples instead of oranges along with raisins.  My girls really loved it and were anxious to get the recipe.  I laughed and said, “I barely made it and am ready to post it on my blog!”  So here it is for Kirstin and Kim, and all of you that may have never had it.  It’s a winner we enjoy all year.  Often we grill steak, chicken or shrimp and top it off.

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Combine romaine, spinach, Swiss cheese, sliced onion, mushrooms, and bacon.  Toss well.
Prepare and cool sugared almonds…

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

and whirl dressing ingredients till creamy.

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Top salad with oranges, (or try your favorites), almonds and drizzle with dressing.  Serve with love, a refreshing salad you can enjoy everyday or at your most special occasions.

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is in my top 5 recipes of all time. It's just so fresh and colorful and all of the flavors are amazing together.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
For Salad
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, (I use romaine)
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • ¾ pound Swiss cheese, grated
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • ¾ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
For Sugared Almonds:
  • ½ cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sugar or stevia
  • ¼ cup butter
For Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • ¾ tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ⅓ cup sugar or stevia
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
For Salad
  1. Mix lettuce, spinach, mushrooms, cheese and onion together.
  2. Spread bacon and oranges on top of lettuce mixture.
  3. Add dressing and top with sugared almonds just before serving.
For Sugared Almonds:
  1. Melt together butter and sugar, then add nuts.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly till nuts are golden brown.
For Poppy Seed Dressing:
  1. Mix together in a blender, mixer or food processor until creamy.

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Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Carol at Serendipity


    Your salad looks terrific. I shall do a copy and paste and save it. Glad you had such a lovely evening.


  2. Nancy's Notes

    Looks scrumptious!! Thanks for sharing, it’s a keeper recipe!


  3. Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    Wow.. You made me crave salad!!! That’s not easy, trust me. 🙂 This looks delicious!

    Thanks for stopping by today!

    Have a wonderful week!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  4. Sushi-Mama

    I LOVE this recipe! I got it at my cousin’s mission farewell in Rexburg about 15 years ago. I actually have it in my recipe folder and we affectionately call it “Rick’s College Salad!” Whenever I take it to a gathering, I am always asked for the recipe. Now I’ll just tell them to come to this blog… 🙂

  5. gnee @ Singing With Birds

    In reply to Sushi-Mama’s comment, Brigham Young University-Idaho was a Junior College named Ricks College until 2001 when it became a university.

    I think they get a lot of credit for making this salad famous. At Ricks it was named, “Marj’s Spinach Salad,” after President Bennion’s wife, Marj who is an amazing cook and friend.

    Thanks for your comments ;D

  6. Julie Harward

    Sounds like a lovely evening and the salad is right up my alley! YUM! ;D

  7. Sue (Someone's Mom)

    This is my idea of the perfect salad. I’ve already saved it to try as the weather warms up a bit. Thank you!

  8. Pam

    That organization looks like that would be an excellent one to support. Love the arts! We need more like this throughout our country. I am going to try your spinach salad real soon! Your recipes are always the best! 🙂

  9. LDH

    A delicious looking salad and I just know it was served with love at your house!

  10. Garden of Egan

    Mmmmmmmm, that is a good salad!
    Glad you could come and hang out with the freezing people!
    Sounds like a wonderful time!

  11. Red Couch Recipes

    I love this salad — I have made a version of this for years and it is always great! Joni

  12. Debbie

    I’m home alone already this week, and this would be a perfect and healthy salad for one. I’ve never tried sugared almonds. They’re my favorite nut.

  13. Pondside

    I have a recipe similar to this, but just that bit different that I want to try this one. It’s good to have something a little special to take for potluck.

  14. Jenny

    This would be a HUGE hit at my house.

  15. SavoringTime in the Kitchen

    This sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it! I like the combination of lettuce and spinach in this one.

  16. Lisa

    Wow, this sounds amazing! I’m pregnant and dying for salads right now. oooh, I wish I had some!

  17. Anne Maskell

    Oh yum! This sounds like lunch to me!

  18. Jennifer

    This salad looks wonderful! I’m saving this recipe to make next week for my family. Thanks for sharing it.
    I’m stopping by from Tasty Tuesday. I’m so glad I did. I can’t wait to go check out some more of your recent posts!

  19. We Are Not Martha

    I love any salad made with spinach! And I’m a total sucker for those little mandarin oranges and poppy seed dressing. This salad looks amazing!


  20. Jessie

    That looks great! Love the poppy seed dressing! Your photos are beautiful as well!

  21. Candace

    Your salad looks so fresh and delicious!

  22. Ott, A.

    Just Stopping by from TMTT. that looks so crisp and fresh and healthy all at the same time. I wanted to invite you to check out my Iron Chef Challenge This month’s themed ingredient is canned tomatoes, so link up a recipe using those and you could win a prize. It should be a lot of fun, hope you can join us!!

  23. Emily {Frilly Details}

    What a yummy looking salad!! The dressing sounds really good. I love homemade dressings. So glad you shared 🙂

  24. ClassiclyAmber

    This salad looks uber yummy! Thanks for the inspiration. Can’t wait to try it~!

  25. Lorri

    That looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to try it. We are big salad eaters. Especially when it is beautiful outside. Thank you for sharing!

  26. Karena

    Oh this looks just delicious!! I adore spinach salads and will definately make this on!! I came over from Kims!

    Come and enter my giveaway for bath & body!

    Art by Karena

  27. mhinkeldey

    This salad was sooooo good. Thank you!


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